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Article ID: 3066
Age Group: Adult
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Author: Patricia Telesco
Posted: November 19th. 2000
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Location: Land O' Lakes, Florida
Event Date(s): November 2-7th, 2000
AutumnMeet 2000 came and went too quickly for anyone's tastes. The sense of community and oneness at any of the phoenix festivals is undeniable. For a short time, Land of Lakes Florida is transformed into a pagan paradise where we enjoy good friends, good fellowship, and an abundance of fantastic speakers, musicians, merchants and artisans. A hearty BRAVO and THANK YOU to the staff, guardians, and coordinators for doing such a great job in keeping things running smoothly and safely. I cannot say enough nice things about this group of individuals.
Among the many wonderful moments of this weekend, I would like to reflect on a few. First was the wonderful opportunity to connect with Phyllis Curott again. Phyllis speaks with an important message to the community - about civil responsibility and pagans, a topic that was heavily on people's minds and in conversations all weekend with the election on the horizon. It seems neo-pagans are nearly as passionate about politics as they are about magick, which is a GOOD thing!
Second had to be the incredible, uplifting concert by Dream Trybe on Friday night that literally left everyone tapping toes all the way to one of the hottest drum circles I've ever heard. Would that I were just a little younger ... every time I dance the fires for tooooo long, I'm gently reminded that I am no longer 20! LOL. The voice of the drums, and their message of Tribe, oneness, joy, and magick echoed long into the night.
Third, we were tickled to have Rowan (Elaine Hall) visit from the wild Alaskan north and tell us the tale of the family's move and the wonders of Alaska's magick. While the family had been at festival in July, somehow nearly 5,000 miles left many in the eastern community feeling like a huge hole was left behind when they moved. Having Rowan home was a great blessing to many, especially the Guardians who enjoyed her help. We all hope the family can visit often.
Fourth came the OPAL meeting where, much to my surprise and confusion, included an officers meeting where Don Waterhawk became VP and I the President of this fledgling original artists group. Our goal is to support the original artists in our community, share our abilities with others, and generally promote original art as the great service to the community that is often overlooked.
What else happened? Well, there was a mead making workshop (actually more of a mead drinking workshop - giggle), bardic circle, a handfasting, village council complete with Don using a manta ray puppet to lead it (trust me when I say that was an image that won't fade soon), and of course our second land fund auction which added at least $1,500 to the bank with extra funds to help a family in our community in need of support.
In closing, my thanks to Don and Daniella, and to so many people that I can't even begin to name for their "open doors" (er - tents). The hospitality received at these events is nothing less than supreme. It makes me proud to be a part of this extended family.
In your service
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