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

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.

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. She has recently Founded RoseHips Creations a custom clothing company. or instagram at rosehipscreations .
She works for Athens Makers Space, A division of reuse industries.

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