Samhain at Four Quarters: Blessings of the Ancestors...
We have gathered in the bounty of the Harvest, we give our thanks and we celebrate! Now the wind has turned cool...the trees are bare and the world around us begins to shrink away, preparing for the cold of winter and the Long Dark. A perfect setting to reflect on the year that has passed and the changes in our lives. Before the Dark is fully upon us we join together: to speak of our Ancestors; to recall to ourselves and our Tribe the great stories of what has passed before; to work together as a Tribe for our future; and to catch, perhaps, a whisper on the wind... to honor the Past, acknowledge the Present, and look to the Future.
The Stones stand tall, holding vigil as night falls. The Crypt is open, lit by candles and steeped in memory. We stand together, in Circle, and we remember...
To celebrate our Bounty by sharing with others, we invite you to bring non-perishable food items for donation to local Food Pantries.
Community Fire Circle: 7 - 9 pm A time to settle in, relax, and rejoin Community...An Act of Service by The Order of the Bracers
Stage: 9:30 pm ~ midnightSeance: Remembering our Honored AncestorsJoin us as we ask our Ancestors for Guidance and Blessings, as we Bless them...A solemn, candelit ceremony where the Spirits of our Ancestors are invited to join us and share their wisdom. We honor them with offering of songs, prayers, candles, libations and cigars. It is suggested (but not required) that you dress in white and wear a white head covering. If you wish to bring a small token or picture to add to the altar, you are encouraged to do so. Also, if you care to bring a donation of white flowers, candles, rum, or cigars this is very appropriate but not required in order to participate.An Act of Service by Patricia Althouse
Labyrinth: 11 am - 2 pmLabyrinth Construction - Join us as we continue the Tradition of our Ancestors by Building of the Labyrinth.Be part of an offering to future Generations, who will wonder which Ancestors built it. Everyone welcome!An Act of Service by Carrie Krystek and the Friends of the Labyrinth.
12pm: Sharing Life's Celebrations WorkshopWe all have things in life that we celebrate: births, achievements, committments fulfilled, journeys, passings. How are we similiar? How are we different? How did our Ancestors share these celebrations? How do we as an Interfaith community share these celebrations with each other? Join us for a Discussion Workshop on these and other related topics. Followed by one example of such a celebration: Marcia's Celebration of Croning. An Act of Service by Carrie, Rena, Marcia and others.
Main Stage: 12 - 2 pmJack-o-Lanterns!For the Kids and the Young at Heart! - Jack-O-Lantern carving and painting, part of an old tradition to ward off evil spirits. We will use them to line the road to ritual!An Act of Service by Em Morris
Coffee Dragon: 2 - 3 pmHay RideHop on board our very own tractor-pulled Hayride for a trip around the Land. Enjoy Nature at Harvest time!An Act of Service by Em Morris and the Staff of Four Quarters
Coffee Dragon: 4 - 5 pmTrick or Treat: A Souling We Will Go...In ancient times, children and the less fortunate would sing and say prayers for the Ancestors in return for Soul Cakes. Each cake eaten represented a blessing for the dead. Join us as we continue this tradition in the modern form: Trick & Treating! Offer blessings to those who have passed on, and enjoy the bounty of the Harvest; please bring treats and goodies to share with the Kids of the Tribe...and the Kids at Heart!An Act of Service by Em Morris and the Kids Tribe
Dining Pavillion: 6 ~ 7:30 pmThe Feast: Times of Joy, Times of SorrowJoin us as we celebrate the Harvest by partaking of the Bounty: eat, drink and celebrate! We will recognize the work of Those Who Came Before, and offer our Blessings to the Ancestors in ritual. An Act of Service by the Starvin' Artist Kitchen Crew
Menu: Stuffed Pork with Cranberry Chutney, Savory Lentil Stew, Yam and Black Bean Salad, Butternut Squash Wild Rice, Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls, Garden Salad. And for Dessert: Apple & Blue Cheese Torte or Peach Cobbler!
Torchlight Procession: Dining Hall ~ 7:30 pm"There do we see the line of our People back to the Beginning..."
The Ceremony - Blessings from the Past, Present and FutureIn Sacred Space and Time we honor our Ancestors for their work, ask for their Blessings, and give them Blessings from the Future..An Act of Service by Dawn and Dave Trimble and the Tribe.
Following RitualBardic Circle: Sharing stories, songs and poems of the season. An Act of Service by Kailin Miller
Continental Breakfast with the Starvin' Artist Cafe An Act of Service by the Starvin' Artist Kitchen Crew
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