The News from Four Quarters

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Building, planting and planning. Sharing ceremony and good, home raised food.
Oddities in the weather and how the orchard did.
Observations on the Global Crisis.
Earth Spirit and Earth Living.
These are all parts of the News from Four Quarters.    Enjoy.  

August 4, 2018

Update on Road Case

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Photo by Joy Stamp on Unsplash

To Our Members and Friends,

We thank you all for your prayers, thoughts and positive energy sent our way for the most recent trip to the Bedford Courthouse.
 
To recap as succinctly as possible: Two of our neighbors, Joyce Plake and Luther Conrad were still contesting our use of the road, claiming the volume of traffic and the repairs we wish to make are unreasonable, though the judge has already agreed that we hold the dominant easement by implication and have a responsibility to maintain the roadway. This trip was our chance to fill in much of the evidence that was not entered at the initial hearing in August 2017 due to our attorney's unexpected and severe illness. The judge reopened the proceeding to allow us this opportunity and the Board, in consultation with our excellent legal team, Attorneys Passarello and Bucknum, made certain this opportunity was not wasted by preparing exhaustive evidence.
 
Further, on Tuesday, July 31 into August 1st, Four Quarters received nearly 5" of pounding rain which significantly collapsed the culvert near Luther's property. The road is currently impassable to industrial traffic (eg. port-a-pots, firewood, kitchen deliveries, etc.), and barely passable for emergency services and passenger vehicles.
 
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July 20, 2018

Special Announcement:
Upcoming Trial Date August 3, 2018 at 9am

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Bedford County Courthouse. (via bedfordbusinessdirectory.com.)

To Our Members and Friends,

Many of you know that we are in the midst of what has become a long court battle with two of our neighbors over our right to repair and use the access road to Four Quarters for which we have an easement, and that we had a trial in August of 2017 over these issues.

In his interim ruling the Judge did recognize our 1868 easement; however he preliminarily accepted our neighbors' arguments that:
 1: Our use of the easement is sudden and excessive; 
 2: That we are not a "real" Church. 

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July 16, 2018

The End of A Tradition That’s Time Has Come

History. Stone Stacking in Sideling Hill Creek - Nov. 2014.
History. Stone Stacking in Sideling Hill Creek - Nov. 2014.

Some attentive visitors to Drum ’N’ Splash 2018 might have spotted a small notice at the end of the event program –

About Stone Stacking in the River – We are asking that this once time honored and playful Drum ‘N’ Splash and Four Quarters tradition be allowed to slip into history and legend. We have discovered that the practice is destructive to the creek’s ecosystem and all the wee things that live there. It’s Time to Stop.”

Yes, Something has changed in the creek, and for the better.

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June 12, 2018

New Plantings!

Office planting 1 crop Have you seen the new plantings in Camp and around the Office? They add beauty and smiles whenever you visit.

We want to give a big thanks to Jason Steiber for organizing the work done during Member's Weekend and for agreeing to spend time throughout the season adding plants cleaning up decorative planters.

They look wonderful!Coffee Dragon main planter 2 crop

Check back over the summer and you'll see the projects progress as the season does.
     I especially look forward to how the Hilltop Well House will slowly turn into a "Hobbit House" as the grass grows over the top.

 

 

 

June 11, 2018

Drum & Splash: Celebrate the 4th of July with us!
Wednesday, July 4th -  Sunday, June 8th

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         One of Four Quarters' best kept secrets, Drum and Splash is simply a Very Good Time, and a great way to Celebrate an Alternative Nation's Birthday with Family, Friends and Tribe, with no agenda other than to Drum all Night and Swim all Day, sharing a working vision of the possible through Community,  Sustainability, and Personal Responsibility.

        
To check out all the cool stuff happening this event and to Register, go Here!

Weekend Highlights:

Welcome Fire and Drum Circle!
Dance and Drum Performances

Workshops with the Masters of Drum and Dance
Planned activities for the Kids’ Tribe
Fireworks, Fire Spinning, and Fire Arts
The Dragon Dance and Procession of Talent
Qi Gong, T’ai Chi, Meditation, and Yoga
New! The Middle Eastern Vibe of The Kasbah
The Terrifically Talented Teen Tribe
Sweat Lodge
Mad Hatters’ Tea Party
Pig-pickin’ Feast and lce Cream Social
Universal Temple of Spirits Ceremony
Stone Stacking Sculptures in the Creek
Nature Walks and Nature Journaling
Bathing Aphrodite Procession
Rubber Ducky Race
All Night Fire, Dance, and Drum!!!

June 9, 2018

Liber Resh vel Helios as Ritual: A very Special Lunar (and Solar) Service!
Saturday, June 16th

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     This ritual is an extension and interpretation of Aleister Crowley's Liber Resh vel Helios ritual, which is an adoration of sun done at sunrise, noon, sunset and midnight. We will also be doing short workings at each of the stations of the day. These rituals will have a similar format with variations to go with the gods and time of day being celebrated. The intent of this ritual is to align ourselves with solar energy and become receptive to manifestations of that energy in its natural cycle. The gods invoked will all be of the Egyptian pantheon and this ritual will have elements of Egyptian magic in its workings. 
     Happy Valley Golden Wheel will also be performing an Egyptian themed new moon ritual after dinner service and immediately before the dusk adoration in service to Four Quarters. Volunteering opportunities will be available.
Please RSVP with HVGW no later than June 14th if you wish to go.

June 9, 2018

WickerMan: Art Burn and Gifting Extravaganza!!
Thursday, June 21st - Sunday, June 24th
Setup days: Tuesday, June 19th - Wednesday, June 20th

Effigy burning crop      *Leaving No Trace
      *Radical Inclusion
      *Gifting
      *Decommodification
      *Radical Self-Reliance
      *Radical Self-Expression
      *Communal Effort
      *Civic Responsibility
      *Participation
      *Immediacy
 Do these ideas sound worthy to you?


      WickerMan was founded on the of Burning Man, and is continually growing a Burn Culture that is ecologically sustainable and Earth Aware in this emerging age of limits.  
      What is WickerMan? WickerMan is a burn, it's an art-festival and an experiment in intentional, temporary community.  We take pride in spending a huge amount of money on helping artists make art via art-grants!  Then we take all the art (well most of it) and put it all in a pile and burn it on Sunday morning.
      WickerMan is made by, with and for You and Planning happens 365 days a year. Get in touch with the planning group via e-mail with questions, comments, and concerns.  Stay tuned on our facebook group and here for updated information as we plan this year's burn!
 
Ready to buy your ticket??  Go here!