Last weekend I went on a faerie hunt. Joyfully attending the 11th annual Maryland Faerie Festival in Darlington, Maryland at Camp Ramblewood with some dear friends; Deb and her little daughter Lulu (The Dad part of the team, David, had to work work work.). It was my first faerie festival! And Deb and Lulu’s first camping experience (we stayed the night and camped right on the grounds).
Faerie Deb setting up her first camp
A little about the Festival, this from the website:
“The MD Faerie Festival is dedicated to providing atmosphere and entertainment inspired and informed by Faerie literature, folklore, myth, and of course the Faeries themselves. (Yes! We believe!) Through these things we hope to reinforce the values of love, cooperation, peace, and respect for all beings.”
“Maryland Faeries promote the stewardship of nature, outdoor education, and sponsor faerie artists, merchants and entertainment. As a 501c-3 nonprofit organization, the Maryland Faerie Festival provides educational and outreach opportunities for groups whose mission also encourages love, cooperation, peace, harmony and respect for all beings.”
Camp Ramblewood, where the Fest takes place, is tucked in the scenic hills of rural Maryland among the woods and farms there.
Despite the wicked heat we had an amazing beautiful time. Music and a Faerie Fashion Show, a wishing tree, a build a faerie house area and a May Pole, and many other family friendly activities abounded. Art, dance, theatre, magic, and faeries were everywhere. Unfortunately we could not make it to all and moved at a very heat appropriate pace (slow). I’ll just touch on a few of the things we experienced.
So the first thing was getting our faerie glam going. Yes, we flitted in on our gossamer wings all glittered up, but we were tempted to glam up even more with help from the exquisite creations of the many artist/vendors- masks, wings, hats, horns, hairs, umbrellas… and
Elven Ear sale Elf at The Elven Caravan
The Hornie Lady! (horns and also a sci-fi publisher)
The costume selection is so great, one could completely outfit oneself right there at the festival with help from the vendors. Lots of faerie glamour to be found!
Incidentally – The word Glamour comes from folklore referring to the way in which faeries would disguise themselves from Mortal eyes. Or perhaps the faeries would glamorize some old dried leaves and sticks to appear as a sumptuous feast. Interesting, eh?
The Festival warms the heart. The many artists, entertainers, dancers (belly dancers!), writers, costumers and free thinking sorts wending their way through the world on their own terms – truly an inspiration.
Mr. Donnelly’s scholarly knowledge of history and combat choreography is prolifically expressed in print and film. Then he has this amazing umbrella and cane shop with antique and restored umbrellas and canes. Less like a hobby shop, and more like a gentle museum of times gone by. I regret my video of him demonstrating a relumbrator (oh, jeez, I think I botched the spelling of that name) did not come out. It’s an umbrella where you push a wee button and it does this crazy dynamic opening thing. Very Steampunk.
Mark P Donnelly showing an itsy bitsy umbrella for a grown woman from the mid/late 1800’s used essentially as a visor, s