All posts by Nellie Werger

Nellie found Wisteria on a snowy winter Solstice. It's beauty and community became part of her heart. Now it consumes much of her time as she strives to nurture all the multiple facets of the land and people. She wears many hats; Medical Manager for Festivals and several other roles in the organization. In the rest of her copious free time she is a costume designer and custom clothing designer.

Kim Keffer Art Auction at Autumn Fires

Art  Auction

Kim Keffer

This  painting was made  by Kim Keffer, a presenting  Artist, during Summer Solstice 2018. Inspired by Wisteria’s  summer solstice festival.

She  has graciously offered to share it  with the Wisteria community. It will  be offered for silent auction during Autumn Fires.  Bidding starts at 100$, 16” by 20” Acrylic on Canvas

Kim is a visionary artist, a photographer and painter. Kim is on a mission to use her art and her experiences to bring light and healing to all. Her incredibly detailed paintings are inspired by her connection to Mother Nature. Currently Kim lives in her little motor home traveling the country creating and sharing her art. She also loves conducting Guided Painting workshops and facilitates a creative recovery group called Creative Companions. It is Kim’s belief that we are all creative beings, that creativity heals and it is her mission to inspire others to free their creative selves.

August 2018 Summer news

Lots of exciting things happening at Wisteria these days!

Some of the exciting ventures happening at Wisteria these days include:

We have open camping during the entire month of August. And we have had one very successful Microfest weekend called Barleycorn with over 30 attendees. Campers shared in making homemade bread, learned to brew beer, enjoyed a small acoustic concert, and participated in the first Faery Ball to be held at the pond. We are having another Microfest weekend in September called Equinox. Our community of regular visitors is growing and really enjoying low key lightly scheduled weekends.

We have been taking measures to improve the health of the pond. Our new population of fish are flourishing. We added red-eared sunfish, largemouth bass and catfish, as well as some plants and algae eating Bacteria. The pond is beautifully clear. Some of us have been having a wonderful time Floating on hot summer afternoons. We’ve even held a few committee meetings at the pond, enjoying this Wisteria treasure while completing company business!

We are moving forward with a community garden and compost facility that will potentially be located at the north edge of the Grand Field. Additionally, we purchased a mower to help maintain the grounds and keep our maintenance costs low.

These are just a few of the ways that we are moving forward. We hope you have had a chance to interact with our newest Shareholder, Matt Fergurson Exciting times!

Welcome Home!

Nellie Werger, Assistant Secretary

Wisteria Inc.

 

Ceremonies and Celebrations

Ceremonies and Celebrations

Opening Ceremony
Monday 8:00PM, Stone Circle
Greet other celebrants (old and new) and offer your vocal blessings to the land of Wisteria on this 20th anniversary year. Then, we gather the Light and Energy of the Summer Solstice to propel ourselves into a personal journey through a candle-lit labyrinth ceremony. With this week dedicated to creating World Peace, we’ll use this event to acknowledge that PEACE first begins within our own hearts.

Awakening of Paw Paw
Monday 9:30PM, Paw Paw
Join us as we awaken the Spirit of Paw Paw! Earth shall rise in primal grace, Air will move with the dancer’s pace, Waters fall our sacred gift ,Fire rise as passions lift, Drums will sound as the mystic calls. Add your voice to the chanting…. Earth and Air … Water and Fire. This is the spirit of Pawpaw.

Paw Paw Drum and Fire Circle
Nightly 10:00PM, Paw Paw
There will be fire and drumming in Paw Paw every night starting at 10:00PM, or after the Main Stage concerts.

Heart Circle
Tuesday 9:00PM, Heart Hearth
Sometimes in festival we get stuck in party mode. That’s awesome… But it’s also good to set aside time for deeper, truer moments. Join Quill for a heart-circle. This is a very, very informal ritual where we take the time really listen to each other. Please bring a beverage of your choice. Alcoholic or not. It will be used in the ritual. Facililtated by Quill Childeye

Wisteria History Talk and Cake!
Wednesday 3:00PM-4:30PM, Caffeina’s Stage
Join us as our founding members share stories of Wisterias’s first 20 years. There will be Cake!

Petite Paw Paw
Wednesday 6:00PM, Paw Paw
For this one night, Paw Paw fire will be lit early especially for our children (other people are allowed too). There will be drumming and dancing. Let’s share our traditions even as we make them.

Homecoming Dance
Wednesday 8:00PM-10:00PM, Caffeina’s Stage
Wisteria Celebrates 20 years With a homecoming Dance, featuring Local DJ Barticus, Wear your prom dresses and dance till you drop.

Fairy Promenade
Thursday 8:00PM, meet at Pavilion; 8:30PM, Fairy Shrine
All our small fairies and their attendants are invited to come out to the Fairy shrine. It will be illuminated for Early Birds. Meet the shuttles at the pavillion for a ride as far as the pond, then enjoy the twinkling stroll past firefly field and mystical musicians to enjoy the Fairy Shrine Illumination.

Pirate’s Fireside Jam Session and Symbel
Thursday 9PM, Pirates’ Cove
Derived from the Old Norse “Sumbl” which roughly translates to feast, banquet, or gathering, this celebration is part musical celebration,
part ritual, and all camaraderie. Join us at the Cove to share stories, songs, toasts, boasts, beverages, all around the fire with the Pirates.

Harriet Tubman ”Mama Moses” Tribute
Thursday 10:30PM, Spirit Circle
Join Witchdoctor Utu and members of the Dragon Ritual Drummers to help build and consecrate an altar on Wisteria land, to honour Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the spirits of the Underground Railroad.
Bring a medium to large rock from home to the ritual, they will be the foundations of a cairn (sacred rock pile) to honour the spirits of those who sought freedom in the north from slavery. We will bless the rocks together as we place a new sacred shrine on Wisteria’s sacred land. Drummers and dancers of all levels welcome.

World Peace Ceremony
Friday 7:00PM, gather at Pavilion and process to Stone Circle
Magick is afoot . . . Rev. Patrick McCollum and Scarlet Rivera will showcase the World Peace Violin within this interactive and moving ritual. Each person will create a “Peace Cord” which will hold their unique prayers and blessings for the future. Join us in this life-affirming experience and dedicate yourself to change our World for the better.

Midnight Masquerade Fairy Ball
Friday 12:00 MIDNIGHT, Fairy Shrine, Age 18+
It’s THAT time of year again my friends….time for the fairies..goblins..gnomes..nymphs.. and satyrs to play with us “normal” folk.. So meet us at the Fairie Shrine with your masks to join in the midnight revelry! Let’s light up the night with our shenanigans! …..REMINDER…THIS IS AN 18 AND UP ONLY EVENT…Parents I know your kiddies love the shrine. there is an opportunity for them to see the shrine in all it’s glory Thursday night at the Fairy Promenade…ADULTS ONLY PARTY

Tortuga
Saturday 10:30PM, Pirates’ Cove. Adults Only 21+
TORTUGA! An exploration of the spirit and the senses, Tortuga is a ritual conducted by the Pirates which fuses modern paths of existential spiritualism with elements of the Ancient Bacchanal Tribal Rite. *A formal ritual precedes the celebration.* Fine attire, beverage to share, and musical instruments are encouraged. Leave your inhibitions in your tents, along with any minors. No cameras in ritual space! Please see our information packet at Caffienas for details about this year’s ritual theme.

Schedule changes for Spring 2016

Hello Folks
We have some exciting news and some schedule changes to announce for this coming Wisteria season! We have just become host to the Paradise Music and Arts festival on Beltane weekend.
To make space for this and for a full week Solstice festival, we are moving our 20th anniversary celebration into Solstice and canceling the Homecoming event. Those of you who have purchased Season Passes will receive partial refunds to cover the difference.
Memorial Day weekend will be a work weekend as usual.
Our new Work Weekend schedule is as follows. You can pay to camp and skip the work during any work weekend.
March 25-27 – Easter weekend
April 15-17
May 6-8
May 27-30 – Memorial Day weekend

Wisteria Swag Now available!

Can’t get enough Wisteria swag? Looking for something we don’t sell at festival? We now have an on demand printing site, WisteriaWares! http://www.zazzle.com/wisteriawares  We’re currently featuring Sara Adrian’s 2015 winning design contest entry on shirts, hoodies, bags, baby clothes, magnets, and more. And we’ll be adding additional designs such as previous Wisteria artwork and community-contributed Wisteria-inspired designs … coming soon, Jen Capone’s “Sharing Our Peace”. Please understand that prices are higher than what we sell out of the office (there’s not much we can do about that) since these are printed on demand instead of in bulk, but we can do a much larger variety of items. If you think of any other items you’d like to see, just let us know! And if you’d like to submit artwork for consideration, contact Nellie on Facebook; as always, any money we make goes directly to support site and festival expenses and improvements.