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Article ID: 3765
Age Group: Adult
Posted: December 22nd. 2001
All World - Yule 2001
by Darragh Nagle
The drive out from the I4 exit through the rural countryside 30 miles east of Tampa was a very scenic 20 minutes, culminating in the entrance to All worlds site, stopping at registration and parking my car among all the others. The sound of drums was welcoming, as were all the people, many of them familiar faces from other festivals around Florida. The merchants area impressed me, this being the first large festival at a site that has been hosting drum circles for about a year, I was surprised to see not three, not five, but a whole double row of merchant tents, spread about in a grand circle. Good place for some shopping, and I acquired several wonderful items.
My first stop on my tour was the newly completed bath house, with hot showers and flush toilets, lovingly constructed by the community over the last few months. The walls were all inscribed with paintings of faeries, and loving expressions such as "love like you've never been hurt", and "Goddess of second chances, here I am again!"
The camping area went on endlessly in the back of the property, and there was space left over even though over 200 people were attending. The enclosed fire circle, with fences covered with plants, offered a private space, and the main fire circle opens into the wilderness and the sky.
Musical performances The stage and community area were home to many workshops and performances, including the community bardic circle with stories and songs from various community groups, hosted by Darragh. There were many fine guitarists, accordionists, singers, and the famous "Electric Pickle" act, in which a pickle is charged with high voltage electricity on stage, and glows like a neon bulb amid much sputtering and sparking.
Musical performances were given on stage by Spiral Rhythm, with their new CD "I am", and Saturday Night the main concert was a mystical musical evening with De Luna.
Workshops, performances and discussion groups included a variety of topics, such as Mask Making, Life Dance, Pagans and Popular Culture, Handwriting Analysis, Yula Hula, Runic Talisman, Yule Sign (American sign language), Teen Jam, Wee Olde Fashions, Body Painting, I-Ching, Yule - a Germanic Tradition (with gingerbread house building), Mead Brewing, Cricket and the Crickettes dance routines (with music by De Luna), Belly Dance, Drum Circle, and a sharing of a beautiful family tradition in "A Festival of Lights" (Hanukkah).
The days were sunny and hot, and the nights were clear and cool, with lots of meteors and discussions of all the strange lights (ufos?) we could see in the sky. ("Allright, you got me, you were all looking up and I had to look up too!" - Wade) Jupiter, Saturn and Mars were clearly visible, as were Orion, the Hyades, and the Pleidese.
Cafe Del Sol was the place to be if you just want to trade some money for some hot coffee or a prepared meal. While many people cooked camp food and used the bath house's dish washing sink, many also took advantage of the food and drink options at the Cafe, which was also frequently a place of workshops and spontaneous musical jams.
Many people remarked what a nice energy was created by all of the participants at the festival, and through the efforts of all it was a very enjoyable experience. It is always a transformation to graduate from gatherings of thirty people to more than two hundred, and everyone has to bring with them the expectation of creating a good time for themselves and others, and the responsibility to be able to take care of one's self, and to care for others. This group did a stellar job. The allword drum circles will continue monthly, and their next major festival is slated for February 2002.
December 18th, 2001
Images... Top to Bottom (Photos by Darragh)
- Part of the dining area of Cafe del Sol, with a gingerbread house from one of the workshops on the table.
- The Incredible Tree
- The community area. On the left in the front (black top) is a shade tent, in the rear (white top) is the stage tend. Cafe del Sol is in the house
- Entrance to the merchant area, looking back towards the community area. The tan building is the new bath house. There were about 30 merchant booths.
- The camping area
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