Appalachian Summer Solstice 2019 Featured Presenters

Hillfolk Hoodoo: Appalachia’s Folk Magic Tradition – Byron Ballard. Sat Jun 22nd Noon @ Pavilion

With its gnarly roots in the British Isles, the German Palatinate and in indigenous American tribal practice, Appalachian folk magic is characterized by its hands-on and practical approach, as well as its use of available materials. Though it has come down to us through a Protestant Christians filter, this system is easily adapted to modern Pagan sensibilities.

The Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and Equinox Farm – Paul Strauss. Thu Jun 20th Noon @ Pavilion

Join renowned herbalist Paul Strauss as we watch the documentary of his life and work throughout the Appalachian region entitled “The Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and Equinox Farm”. There will be a Q&A with Paul to immediately follow the viewing. Open to all ages.

Warts, Water, and What Mountain Folk Know – Byron Ballard. Tue Jun 18th Noon @ Pavilion

Dive deep into the specific uses of water in Appalachian folk magic. From stump water and willow water for cures to ditchwater for creativity and dish water for warts, the many uses of this powerful element have been passed down since the early days of immigration. Learn how they can broaden your own magical practice.