Schedule for Appalachian Summer Solstice 2021

Schedule for Appalachian Summer Solstice 2021

 

Schedule of Events for Appalachian Summer Solstice 2021

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Thursday, June 17th

12:00 pm: Appalachian Summer Solstice begins

1:00 pm: Sustaining Joy in Difficult Times, or the Joy Bubble

Elf Turrentine, Hickory Grove

Can you imagine? Holding within yourself a bubble of magical energy that radiates joy? Imagine being able to pull on this joy at any time, even in times of stress. This workshop is about exactly that and will answer questions like, “What is this magical energy”?, “Where does it come from?”, and “How can I keep it?” This last year has been very stressful for everyone, including myself. Yet, I know this “magic bubble of energy” helped me sustain my balance and my joy in life even in the hardest of moments. As a full time teacher of the mystic arts I have given this class to my student and they have all reported amazing results and love to “play” with their joy bubble. Come join me and we shall create your own!

1:00 pm: Processing the Pandemic

Lee Neff,  Green Man Tavern

In sharing our experiences and hearing our community’s voices we can address the wounds and changes the events of the last year, including COVID-19 and political unrest. This workshop offers a space to process these global events, with limited structure to allow individual expression.

3:00 pm: Warts, Waters and What Mountain Folk Know

Byron Ballard, Hickory Grove

Dive deep into the specific uses of water in Appalachian folk magic. From stump water and willowwater 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.

4:00 pm: Green Man Tavern opens

Happy Hour from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us in the intimate and verdant Green Man Tavern for local Jackie O’s draft beer and live music in the evenings! Happy Hour features special pricing on beer and a live performance from Living Room. Megan Bee will perform at 7:00 pm.

5:00 pm: Living Room

Live Performance, Green Man Tavern 

Living Room is a band from Appalachia. Their all-original rock music influenced by folk, punk, and blues are classics in the making. They are a party and a riot wrapped up in a showcase of the full spectrum of the human experience. Line up consists of Annie Wolfe (Lead vocals, Strings), Sam Sarcone (Drums, Vocals), Luke Bowen (Guitar), and Lee Collins (Bass).

5:00 pm: Bioregional Animism I: Gathering a Sense of Place

Tom Sharp, Hickory Grove

The art and practice of establishing relationships with the living spirits of the land is a key part of many old craft traditions. It is the magical practice of bioregional animism, rooted in the local landscape. It is the practice of the herbwife gathering willow bark by the spring-fed stream and of black-clad witches beneath the hill-top oak, calling upon the forces of land and sky. Join Tom on a nature walk though Wisteria’s Appalachian forest and learn techniques to build a witch’s natural history, identify numinous places near your home, and discuss useful tools for gathering a sense of place. This workshop will be held during a nature walk and may not be suitable for small children or people with mobility issues.

7:00 pm: Dinner

Hestia’s Hearth Kitchen

Details coming soon!

7:00 pm: Megan Bee

Live Performance, Green Man Tavern

Award winning singer-songwriter Megan Bee radiates with wanderlust and a raw love for the land. Her music is a blend of distinctly homespun vocals, acoustic simplicity, yearning soulfulness, and winsome storytelling. In 2020 she released “Waiting”, her third original full-length album. She lives in Athens, Ohio and frequently roams the country playing festivals, coffeehouses, brewpubs, house concerts, and around campfires.

8:00 pm: Reawakening

Beth Zimmerman, Stone Circle

We have all gone into a kind of sleep inside over this last year. It’s time to wake up. We need a chance to start letting that go, to shed the past and move forward. After everything the last two years have brought us, a clean start is overdue! We will release the issues we have confronted, then use motion and dancing to begin moving forward into a new day. We all need a fresh start. Let’s start now.

9:00 pm: Pirates of the C.U.C. Constantine Shanty Sing-along

Pirates of the C.U.C. Constantine, Green Man Tavern

Pirates of the C.U.C. Constantine are eager to return Home to Wisteria and raise our voices together in song. Please join us for a performance set of shanties, including familiar classics and C.U.C. originals. Old friends and new are encouraged to find comfort in our shanty songs – songs of resilience and connection, of teamwork and the joys of coming home after rough seas.

10:00 pm: Caffeina’s Coffee House closes

10:00 pm: Pawpaw Opening Ritual

Many have asked, and we’re excited to officially reopen Pawpaw Drum and Fire Circle! We’re excited for everyone to become reacquainted with one of our favorite sacred spaces.

11:59 pm: Green Man Tavern closes

Friday, June 18th

8:00 am: Caffeina’s Coffee House opens

10:00 am: Storytelling with String and Bead

Pirates of the C.U.C. Constantine, Heart Hearth

Appalachian folk art carries traditions and stories from generation to generation, infusing functional and utilitarian items with color, beauty and detail. As a pirate, crafting jewelry and accessories with string and beads allows me to express myself with color and symbolism. Mending and making skills allow me to prolong the life of items that I own, and to create practical solutions from easily accessible materials. Making and mending are meditative and empowering. In this workshop, I invite anyone from beginners to experienced crafters to come learn or practice crafting with string and beads. A wide variety of supplies will be provided. I will have example pieces of textile and beaded art for inspiration, and easy to follow illustrated instructions in addition to providing a verbal overview of key skills that serve me well – knot tying basics and simple sewing stitches. Participants may choose their level of participation – you are welcome to try a new skill with guided instruction, or to work independently. You will get to leave this workshop with a handmade wearable item or piece of décor, designed by you to tell a story in color and shape.

12:00 pm: Lunch

Hestia’s Hearth Kitchen

Details coming soon!

12:00 pm: Sweat Lodge Orientation

Doug Sundling, Sweat Lodge Site

At the Sweat Lodge Orientation, a general overview of a sweat lodge shall be presented. We will discuss fundamentals of traditional sweat lodges, share personal experiences with sweat lodges, and advise how to prepare for an evening sweat lodge. Open to anyone, but those who wish to participate in a sweat lodge must attend this orientation. Concrete time for Ceremony will be determined during this orientation.

COVID-19 Protocol: As with past sweat lodge ceremonies I have facilitated, no one with any respiratory ailment – infection, cold, allergies, coughing, etc. – can participate in a general sweat lodge ceremony. The Ceremony, but not the Orientation, will be limited to 10 (13-15 is normal capacity inside the lodge built at Wisteria). Participants will fill out a standard 1-page patient screening form with questions on recent health status, association with others sick with COVID-19, and recent travel. Temperatures will be taken via the forehead. Everyone will be assigned an individual plastic camping drinking cup to prohibit sharing of the traditional 1-gallon water bottles used during the ceremony.

1:00 pm: Guided Painting

Kim Keffer, Hickory Grove

Artist Kim Keffer utilizes creativity as a healing tool. During this workshop, participants will be guided to complete an acrylic painting. No painting experience necessary.

1:00 pm: Family Faerie Ball

Beth Zimmerman, Meet at Heart Hearth for procession to Faerie Shrine

It’s time for the wee ones to have a turn dancing with the faeries! We will bring along toys, music and more as we invite all the younger attendees to come and play! Adults will be in costume – and in character – to entertain and intrigue the little ones. Snacks and drinks will be provided as we play games, dance, and sing, leaving offerings of joy and friendship for the faeries.

3:00 pm: A Great and Subtle Weaving: Animism as a Political and Economic Force

Byron Ballard, Hickory Grove

So much of the interconnected global economy is dominated by capitalism and the domination language found in Genesis that is foundational to these global movements. This workshop proposes a return to animism and the incorporation of this ancient notion into the political arena as well as the economic one. How would this change these systems in the face of global climate transition? Is it even possible?

4:00 pm: Green Man Tavern opens

Happy Hour from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us in the intimate and verdant Green Man Tavern for local Jackie O’s draft beer and live music in the evenings! Happy Hour features special pricing on beer. Ben Keith Stewart will perform at 8:00 pm and Brother Hill will perform at 9:00 pm.

5:00 pm: Medicine Jars

Lee Neff, Pavilion

Release painful memories, or cherish fond experiences by writing them down and filling a jar to participate in a cleansing workshop. We will use this craft to revisit past emotions and process them with a different lens. Memories can be written down, and sealed in a jar that can be given to the Faerie Shrine. Supplies provided, option to bring your own jars and any object you would like to include.

7:00 pm: Dinner

Hestia’s Hearth Kitchen

Details coming soon!

8:00 pm: Ben Keith Stewart

Live Performance, Green Man Tavern

Ben Keith Stewart, a carpenter from the Appalachian Foothills, is rarely seen these days without guitar, drum or mandolin. He is a folk musician and songwriter inspired by a wide spectrum of genre and tradition. His first solo album, “Tilling the Fallow”, is set to be released midsummer. Check him out on SoundCloud for now, and find his bands, ‘Hill Spirits’ and ‘The Chivalrous Crickets’ on YouTube and any streaming service.

9:00 pm: Brother Hill

Live Performance, Green Man Tavern

Brother Hill (Brett Hill) is an Ohio-based performing and recording artist, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is also the bandleader of Appalachian folk ensemble Hill Spirits, singer for Dayton doom rock quartet Nineteen Thirteen, and Appalachian representative of the Slavic-Appalachian folk alliance Slavalachia.
Combining traditional folk instrumentation alongside stirring string sections, heady vocals, driving percussion, and precise production value, Brother Hill brings together a lush palate of sounds and genres on his newest release Blackfish (out March 2021).

9:00 pm: Sweat Lodge Ceremony

Doug Sundling, Sweat Lodge Site

The cycle of birth and death fuels the flame of life. Nature embodies a process of seeking stability and equilibrium – of maintaining balance. A strategy for existence in such a world is movement through the cycles, built upon the four quarters of the directions, the elements, the seasons – fundamental to traditional sweat lodges. The sweat lodge is a ceremony to ascertain balance through cleansing and renewal. A sweat lodge ceremony is shaped by both the past and the present. Your spiritual sincerity is the most important thing you can bring to a sweat lodge. No Drugs or Alcohol; just the 4 Elements – Earth, Air, Fire, & Water. Number of participants and format for sweat lodge will be determined at the Orientation Workshop earlier in the day.

COVID-19 Protocol: As with past sweat lodge ceremonies I have facilitated, no one with any respiratory ailment – infection, cold, allergies, coughing, etc. – can participate in a general sweat lodge ceremony. The Ceremony, but not the Orientation, will be limited to 10 (13-15 is normal capacity inside the lodge built at Wisteria). Participants will fill out a standard 1-page patient screening form with questions on recent health status, association with others sick with COVID-19, and recent travel. Temperatures will be taken via the forehead. Everyone will be assigned an individual plastic camping drinking cup to prohibit sharing of the traditional 1-gallon water bottles used during the ceremony.

10:00 pm: Caffeina’s Coffee House closes

10:00 pm: Tea Dance

Green Man Tavern

During the 1940s and 1950s, LGBTQ+ folks gathered at private dance parties where they could feel safe to socialize and celebrate. The Tea Dance at Wisteria is a celebration of our queer community through music, dance, drink, and merry-making. Come celebrate the spirit of Pride!

10:00 pm: Shrine Lighting

The Sacred Sites throughout Wisteria will be illuminated with candles, from Shrine Valley (the trail and sites located in Spirit Circle) to Stone Circle and Crystal Grove out to the Faerie Shrine. Walk through this self-guided luminary and be sure to stick around the Faerie Shrine for the Faerie Ball that begins at midnight!

11:59 pm: Faerie Ball

Faerie Shrine

Join us in the Faerie Shrine for music and revelry. Feel free to dress up in costume and bring a gift to leave for the Fae!

11:59 pm: Green Man Tavern closes

Saturday, June 19th

8:00 am: Caffeina’s Coffee House opens

8:00 am: Morning Yoga

Debbie Phillips, Main Stage

10:00 am: Connecting with Local Spirits, for Worse and Better

Beth Zimmerman, Stone Circle

If you have ever wondered what hid your wallet from you or what just went bump in the night, this is the class for you. We discuss the many varieties of interactions that nonphysical beings can have with the living. Whether nonplanar beings, nature spirits, ghosts, guardians, or even local memories, Beth has learned to connect and communicate with a range of local beings. She wants to help you tune yourself to learn about them, guard against the unwelcome, and find peace with these amazing and fun aspects of our world. This will be hands-on, focused time, learning from our environment. Please ensure all attendees can use the time well – children are welcome to come, if they want to learn for themselves.

12:00 pm: Lunch

Hestia’s Hearth Kitchen

Details coming soon!

1:00 pm: Living Under the Tower: A Discussion

Byron Ballard, Hickory Grove

Environmental and cultural challenges surround us and it is tempting to fall into despair or apathy. In this time of destruction, we can choose to live bigger, noisier and more engaged lives. Creating activities and putting protocols in place for and with our communities can lead to more resilience and stronger links in an increasingly isolated world. We’ll brainstorm what is already working in our local groups and consider how we move into this deepening time of possibility.

These “hearth gatherings” began in 2019 and have a general shape: we spend some time getting familiar with the idea of Tower Time, then come to a collective understanding of this collapse we are experiencing on all fronts We go from there to visioning about where we go now/next steps, how we grab agency, how we work collectively and individually to “grieve globally and act locally.” By relocalizing everything we can, we will build resilience as well as a kind of hope.

3:00 pm: Juneteenth Memorial

Harriet Tubman Shrine, located in Spirit Circle

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved peoples and the end of slavery in the United States. In this short rite held at the Harriet Tubman Shrine, we read aloud the Emancipation Proclamation and light candles to connect community in the aspiration of racial justice.

3:00 pm: Native Habitat Waterways

Doug Sundling, Sweat Lodge Site

How does the restoration of the floodplain to a Native Habitat Waterway benefit us? Let me count the ways! It utilizes Nature’s engineering of the floodplain, the most efficient and cost effective way to manage flooding and to reduce erosion. It creates better water quality. It enhances quality of life and property values for people who live in the area. It creates ongoing economic and social benefits – a renewable resource passed on from generation to generation. Stewardship of a Native Habitat Waterway requires less taxpayer money, less government, and more community involvement. Come hear the many more ways. If you live along a river or a significant watershed tributary, the most valuable asset for your community is that watershed and its floodplain. At this workshop, I will share what I have done with a restoration program in the City of Bluffton and with my own 40 acres of land alongside the Wabash River in addition to ongoing efforts in the upper Wabash River basin. We will discuss how to configure replanting of native species, how to respond to invasive species – both native and non-native, how to seek funding, and how to promote what may often seem a lonely voice in the wilderness of civilized complacency to the allusion of growth. Let’s sit and talk and share “a walk in the woods.”

4:00 pm: Green Man Tavern opens

Happy Hour from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us in the intimate and verdant Green Man Tavern for local Jackie O’s draft beer and live music in the evenings! Happy Hour features special pricing on beer. Hill Spirits will perform at 9:00 pm.

5:00 pm: The Ragged Wound: Tending the Broken Spirit of Appalachia (Keynote Talk)

Byron Ballard, Pavilion

The problems of a mythic place require a mythic solution and this talk and the book-in-progress are my response to all the palaver about this place I call home. What do we do after the decades of clear-cutting, strip-mining, absentee ownership, mountaintop renewal, poison water and people with no hope or resilience left? We look at the root causes and we address the region’s ills with all the allies we can bring to bear, including the powerful Appalachian diaspora.

7:00 pm: Dinner

Hestia’s Hearth Kitchen

Details coming soon!

8:00 pm: Main Ritual

Meet at Heart Hearth

Details coming soon!

9:00 pm: Hill Spirits

Live Performance, Green Man Tavern

Hill Spirits are an energetic folk quintet from the fabled hills of southern Ohio. While at some points boisterously uplifting and at other times stirringly mystical, Hill Spirits have become known for their passionate energetics and wholesale love for lifting their voices in song together. Based in Athens, Ohio, the group has forged deep musical bonds over the course of a decade in a multitude of musical projects ranging in sound from psychedelic rock to acoustic to neo-soul, eventually finding home in the Appalachian folk modes of their forebearers. In the course of their work diving into the revival of both Americana and old-world folk styles, Hill Spirits seem to have found a way to communicate with other realms, creating spaces during performances that summon restless spirits to join in a spirit-dance. All-in-all, a Hill Spirits show is an invigorating experience, one not to be missed. (BYO Moonshine)

Hill Spirits are Kyle Lyons (Knux) on banjo, Eric (the Reverend) Osborne on fiddle, George Joseph van Fossen (Old Dutch) on upright bass, Benjamin Stewart (O’Burteen) on guitar and mandolin, and Brother Hill on lead vocals, guitar, and Irish bodhran.

10:00 pm: Caffeina’s Coffee House closes

10:30 pm: Bioregional Animism II: Connecting with Spirits

Tom Sharp, Spirit Circle

Black spirits and white, red spirits and grey, come ye, come ye, come ye that may. This is a nighttime intensive where we will present and practice techniques to tap into land energies, evoke Sight, and contact the living spirits of the land. Mild entheogens (such as mugwort) will be used to assist these goals during the session; please do not attend if you are under the influence of stronger ones.  Participants at all levels of experience are welcome. If you have questions, concerns, or strong allergies to some incense or botanicals, please come and talk to Tom at the Otherworld Apothecary merchant booth prior to attending.

11:59 pm: Green Man Tavern closes

Sunday, June 20th

12:00 pm: Appalachian Summer Solstice ends

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