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VxAcct: 13651

Article ID: 2796

Section: festivals

Age Group: Adult

Posted: May 21st. 2000

Views: 12258

RowanFest at Dragon Hills 2000

by Don Waterhawk

[WVox Sponsor]

Daniella and I really didn't realize we would be able to go RowanFest, and didn't make the final decision until we saw the exit. Spirit made a right turn (along with both of our spirits of course and the van) and away we went. We had called earlier, and asked if we could attend on a very last minutes notice, if, in fact we were able. And we rolled in with our camper in tow... onto the Dragonhills of Georgia. What an exceptionally beautiful sight this land was as we drove down the lane into the center of where the festival was to be. Seeing a beautiful woman mowing the grass, stopped and was warmly greeted by T'sa. After hugs and "Its been to long" stuff we were directed down onto the festival site... well, maybe towards the center, as this is a very big site. Drove past the first showers (yes first, they have two shower facilities, with planted roses and other flowers to look at while washing up... too cool!), down the hill and stopping at the bottom of the "Lollybumps" (don't ask). Right in front of The Kitchen... ! At this point I give great thanks to Bob, Linda. T'sa and, and, and... Finally, a festival where you could get good food all day long and a reasonable price... How about Lasagna and salad for $3.00... and it was delicious! To wake up in the morning (okay... so it was the afternoon a few times... my alarm clock wasn't working, so what), stumble down the hill, empty cup in hand... to then stand in front of what you are convinced were Goddesses and Gods gently pouring you that cup of JavaLife, then, if you didn't believe in Spirit before, you will then. Talk about Southern Hospitality!! Please DragonHills crew... teach others how to do this right..!? There were good prices for ice also... It was refreshing to see Festival sponsors giving people good prices, instead of focusing on making money. Da Naho!

Vendors started coming in the next day and we were lining up at the last "Lollybump" (I told you, don't ask), and you could feel the beginning of the festival. People started coming in and settling down, tents going up, drums heard now and then throughout the day, children playing, a kite going up... and down... .then up again, and, well you know the routine. Then the Band rolls in, I mean "The Band"... Dreamtrybe. How they can pack so many people in that small van. One day I'm going to hide and watch them do it, they surely know Magick. The festival begins that night. You can tell... by the drumming.

Now, I'm a drummer (well, I'm learning), and Rowanfest has to be one of the best ongoing drumming experiences I have had in a long time. The Circle feels right, with Drummers and dancers working the magick together, not apart. The nights were a perfect temperature and it was easy to let the energy grow. NightHawk, Tawny, Tabor, Freedom, Miquel, Michelle and more filling the drum circle with just awesome sounds of Magick. Each night it was hard to sleep listening to the drums, because you did not want to miss a beat. Gotta' tell you this... the night of the Dreamtrybe concert, Nighthawk had called a Drum Master from New Guinea that was doing a show in Atlanta, and asked this Drum-master to come to the festival. Well, ... he showed up and drummed with DreamTrybe. then later at the fire and I knew where my ego stood when I watched this man light up a cigarette with one hand while out drumming all of us with the other. So, is this a good drumming festival? Absolutely!

Each one of the workshop I attended was top notch. I commend Rowan, especially, for her Polyamorous workshop. Her teachings and sharing was well received by all. I attended a meeting brought forth by Corrwyn in regards to the future of the Pagan Community, and was overjoyed to hear people discussing the topic of our pagan Elders and their futures within the Community. To everyone... give thoughts to this topic... it will affect you also one day. All workshops seem to be excellent for the info I got for the community.

Now, I'm sure that all of us has seen... well... ya know... things you often don't see... anywhere, 'cept I'm told here at DragonHills where strange things sometimes come out of the woods... .they were right!. Well, I ran to get the camera, because I knew no one would believe me and took the picture you see at the right. Uh huh!... that's right... an 8 and a half foot topless Goddess with blue hair walking through the forest with her pet Iguana. Look... !..I don't make this up, alright! I saw the beautiful sight, others had seen it also, I've heard that there is a therapy group started by pagans who say they were abducted by this creature... lucky them! I've been told that DragonHills holds many surprises throughout the land. and by the Goddess!!!, I trust they are all topless!

DreamTrybe rocked... again... as always. I have now heard this band three times, live, and they never cease to amaze the community nor me. Recently, someone, who had not seen them live, said that they had heard they were too mellow. Now, I may be fifty years old, but damn, can they bring that youth out of me and we rocked big time. And I'm sure that the community surrounding DragonHills rocked with us. The Band started a Spiral dance which then was directed up the hills over the "Lollybumps" (don't even start) to the top. Listening as we danced, while the band played till all got to the top.

The rituals held at the top of the hill were so beautiful to be a part of, where else can you hear the calling of the North by a Blacksmith hammering the metal on an anvil. What an ancient sound, and what a perfect calling. There is some serious work being done with the Ancients and the New at Dragonhills... it was good to feel that. Then, while the community was at the top of the hill, reflecting on the evening ritual, Dreamtrybe boomed from the bottom of the hill their song "Come Down" and the people did, running down the hill over the many "Lollybumps" (don't go down that road) to get to listen to this incredible cut that DreamTrybe was playing. And Folks, "I" played with the band... no... you don't understand... "I played with the band... man!!!!" I sure hoped someone got a picture of that or no one will ever believe me.

All in all, it was a wonderful festival, one that I will come back to again. I would say to Corrwyn, the workshop that I was to do... you know the Drum Council Workshop... well Corrwyn, placing that at 10:00 in the morning... come on, have you ever seen any drummers up before noon? There were 205 people who attended this festival. The weather was great, the people were wonderful, and land speaks well, and the memories will be held long. Thank you again Bob, Linda, Corrwyn, T'sa, Rowan, Walker and the community. Wah Do!

Oh about the "Lollybumps", you wanna know? Go to DragonHills.

Da Naho, Nyeh Weh Swenio (It is Said, Thank You Great Mystery)

Four Winds and Dream gently,

Don & Daniella WaterHawk


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