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Starwood 2001 (1)

Author: Don Waterhawk [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: August 3rd. 2001
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Sponsored by: Starwood/ACE
Location: Brushwood Folklore Center, Western NY
Event Date(s): July 18th-23rd, 2001

Sirius Rising was over, and cars started rolling in to the field in preparation for Starwood. Down at the field, ACE and the Chameleons began their work in setting up the their space. Generators were brought in for the stage performances and the Laser light show, a new Puffer dome was set up, twice as big, in the far field, and more merchants were putting up their pavilions among the already set up vendors. A new energy was being felt in the field, and a new anticipation was being felt by the people. One of the great things about doing both Sirius and Starwood, is that one can ground well at Sirius for the swooping in of Starwood, plus you are already set up... The road signs to slow down, were mostly ignored by the incoming people, so there was a new entertainment by the field people as people began slamming into the road bumps. Slow down people, road kills start to smell in a couple of days, you're at Starwood, not Fastwood. We trust that one day these speed demons will get it, before land mines will be used.

Registration was opened and the long lines formed and shortened throughout the day as people got their tags and signed up for their workshifts and got their Starwood schedule books. Then at 7pm the famous Starwood opening circle started. I have to give great thanks to Susan and Ian for making this particular event happen at Starwood. Its one of my favorites. The booming voice of Ian, the sounds of the drumming, and the absolute fun that is brought into the circle, to end in the largest (and safest) Spiral Dance in the country. 600+ people holding hands and snaking in and out through the circle is truly a sight to behold. Next year I trust that more people will go up to these two, Susan and Ian (shown to your left), and tell them thanks for bringing their energies here to be shared with the community. By late in the day the fire was lit in the roundhouse and the drumming began

Wednesday was filled with the workshops that Starwood is famous for. I don't know of any festival in this country that has the variety of workshops that Starwood has. To list them would take up two pages of this review. But if its out there, Starwood has them. And while I was sitting at our both, I heard a unusual noise (yes, there are times at Starwood where the unusual come into play), took a walk down the road to the big field, and sure enough, I saw something new at Starwood... A hot air balloon was being filled up near the wood pile. Rainbow colors flashing, as this balloon took shape and filled up. People were running towards it as it became bigger, letting all around to see this wondrous sight. As I stood there in the road watching it grow, I wondered why I wasn't astonished about this sight... nothing surprises me at Starwood anymore, the ACE people constantly comes up with new things to keep Starwood from becoming boring... Starwood boring?...yeah right:)!

So the balloon filled up, and the first rides were given to the Chameleons and brushwood staff. It was so in tune with what had happened last week, with the Tornado, when a group of people began running down the road towards the balloon yelling "What about me... I want to go home too... you promised to take me..." the only thing that was missing was Toto... well, I guess we did have Koko... :) So throughout the day the balloon was tethered to give people rides, with the promise that it would be back on Friday to give other people rides at $10 a crack. Daniella and Tia went up in the balloon and got some wondrous shots of Brushwood that were never seen before. Thanks ACE, for the new experiences that you always bring to Brushwood.

ACE was kind enough to give the Tornado survivors space in the main stage area for an auction to help some of the people that had been hit hard. The auction was not only a great success (we collected $2300.00 in all), but it was a great time. Bill Bailey and myself were the auctioneers, along with an array of beautiful women and handsome men that made the auction so successful. It was such a joy to see people having fun supporting each other. And thanks again ACE, for donating two passes for next years Starwood, its not often that you see promoters giving more than expected. That night, one could walk the road and hear the concert from the main stage, then walk some more and hear the drumming from the roundhouse, then walk some more and hear the music from the Puffer Dome in the far field... Ya gotta love Starwood

Click for Part II of this review and credits.

Photo Credits: The Beautiful photos in this coverage were captured digitally by Don Waterhawk of Waterhawk Creations Arial and Balloon shots by Daniella

From Top to Bottom (left to right)
  1. Ending of the Spiral Dance at Starwood
  2. Ian and Susan on Balloon
  3. View of Starwood from balloon
  4. Start of woodpile for Starwood Bonfire

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