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Midsummer's Haven in the Woods
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Posted: November 27th. 2005
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Sponsored by: Ravyne's Witch~Haven
Location: Patapsco State Park - Elkridge, Maryland
Event Date(s): October 23, 2005
I awoke at dawn on the day of the event with a mixture of both child-like excitement and "host-of-the-party" apprehension. The weather wizards were predicting thunderstorms - heavy at times. Not wishing to tell Mother Nature what to do, I asked only that it be not so “heavy”.
But there was no need to worry - by the time Steve and I arrived at the pavilion, the rain had abated, allowing us to unload our packed cars comfortably. Roni and Brad were already there, lighting and arranging the multitudes of candles they brought.
The four of us set about to transform the beautiful stone pavilion into a hauntingly Halloween Haven. Black and orange tablecloths draped the tables and candles, trays of treats, and baskets of pumpkins and gourds adorned each. We strung purple lights and hung a purple skeleton with flashing eyes in one area, while black and orange streamers fluttered above a little field of pumpkins and scarecrows in another. A besom, cauldron and a pointy black hat were positioned next to a 5’ tall grinning witch. Throughout the entire pavilion witches on brooms, scarecrows, skeletons and ghosts hung from every available rafter. The band stage area was created using a black backdrop covered in spider webs and orange lights.
A tarp canopy was erected above the huge grill and coals ignited. My friend Steve, who was our designated fire warden, had brought enough firewood to heat a small village. Soon a huge fire was crackling in the fireplace as he arranged a cozy fireside lounge area utilizing lounge chairs, end tables and candles. It was very warm and inviting!
Soon costumed revelers began arriving and the pavilion was suddenly bustling and filled with the smells of sage, incense and grilling meats. There were two large tables displaying the raffle prizes and the items available for silent auction. Everyone was instantly drawn to the tables upon arrival and soon the competition for the items offered began.
The band arrived and prepared to setup while everyone else began feasting. The food table was laden with Bubba Burgers, Nathan's dogs, pasta salads, desserts and a fabulous chicken parmesan dish. There was so much food; it was hard to choose what to eat first.
Soon Revel Moon kicked off the first of two sets and once again the forest was transformed into a natural concert hall. Irene looked sexy and Halloween chic in top hat and tails as she enchanted all of us with her crisp, clean vocals. They played many of our favorites including “LA
Woman”, “Babylon”, “Ladychant” and “Persephone”. Many of us relaxed around the fireplace as we enjoyed the show. After a short break to warm their hands by the fire, they played a second set. They also performed several new songs that they have been working on in studio. Every time they finish a show, I look forward to finally hearing their new CD!
After the show, it was time for the raffle and silent auction. There were many items including spell books, Harry Potter items, candlesticks, dragons and celestial items, etc. Featured items for both the raffle and auction were original artwork by Rowan - one of the moderators of my online group Ravyne's Witch~Haven. She donated many of her hand crafted/painted art including a Magickal Cupboard, shadowbox art, hand poured candles and incense among other items. The kids took turns pulling the raffle tickets out of a pumpkin and as the numbers were called, each winner chose an item from the raffle table. Once again, it was a blast to see who chose what and hearing the good-natured groans when someone picked something that someone else had an eye on! Everyone who attended got a raffle prize and/or auction item and proceeds went to the band and expenses.
The day was drawing to a close and soon the only ones left in the pavilion were Steve and I. It became eerily dark in the surrounding forest - the heavy silence punctuated only by the forest night sounds and the snap and crackle of the fire. It was cozy and comforting with the glow of the orange and purple lights and the flickering of the candles. We lazed in the lounge chairs allowing the hypnotic fire and the rush of the river to lull us into contented bliss.
It was well after 8:00 pm, nearly 2 hours past sunset, when the park ranger finally found us - in front of the fire in a near stupor. It was time to pack up! Just in time too - no sooner did we load the last few items into our cars and turn back for a final look, then the rain began to pour relentlessly. We drove slowly away toward the two-mile path out of the forest, leaving the pavilion illuminated only by the waning fire.
NOTE: Revel Moon is an exciting new band from the Leesburg, Virginia area. They are currently in studio recording their first full-length CD. You can learn more about them on their website: www.revelmoon.com. Please contact them if you are interested in having them play at your event.
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