Kenny Klein: Tales Of The Rambling Wren.
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Festival Preview: My Tour This Spring
This year will be a little different for me than past years: Usually I tour from June through September. This year, instead, I'll drive out for late April and half of May, fly out for a week in June, then drive out for July and August. I'm excited to change my routine a bit.
So let's talk about the festivals I'll attend in the spring, and their charms and attractions.
First I'll be in Maryland for Ecumenicon. This is a long running interfaith conference held in a hotel (the Comfort Inn in Beltsville this year) that brings together people of various alternative religions, including Pagans, mystic Christians and Jews, and others. The conference has been doing a Tarot card as their theme each year, and this year the card is the Devil, so the theme of the conference is "The Question Of Good And Evil." Their presenters include well known Wiccans, Unitarians, Yogas, Christian ministers and diviners.
A radio spot on Blog Talk Radio I did for Ecumenicon.
I have not presented at Ecumenicon for several years, but I loved the ones I attended years ago. I'm very excited to be going back. This has always been a well planned, well presented conference, and the hotel makes it pretty comfy.
Here is a video made by the promoters of Ecumenicon, announcing my performance there:
Next I am off to Ramblewood's Beltain (which calls itself THE Beltain to avoid confusion with all other Beltains). Camp Ramblewood is a beautiful campground in rural Maryland that hosts several Pagan festivals each year, including Free Spirit Gathering.The campground boasts heated cabins with good plumbing, a pool, a dining hall, and lots of fields and forests.
The presenters of Free Spirit, Turtle Hill Events, put on THE Beltain. However, Beltain is not specifically a Pagan event: it is a sacred sexuality event with serious Pagan leanings. It also focuses on polyamory, alternative sexual lifestyles (like BDSM), and female sexual empowerment. I've done this fest several times, and I have always had amazing experiences there (no, not like that). There is a "playroom," a dance, and of course, excellent presentations. The heated cabins are really nice too! (photo courtesy of Ramblewood's web site).
Finally I'll hit Mayfair, a wonderful little Beltain gathering in rural North Carolina, near Greenville, NC. Mayfair is held in an old trailer park (very North Carolina-esque) which is now owned by a Pagan family. They have great merchants, good programming, and huge bonfires. This little undiscovered gem attracts many locals, but hasn't hit the national radar yet, and is so affordable the registration price is almost embarrassing! Email here for details. This is a tenting festival, but has most amenities. There are also hotels in Washington, just a mile or two away.
Lauren and the goats of Mayfair.
I hope you'll join me for some great conferences and festivals this summer!
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