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September 9th, 2008


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02:38 pm - Midnight Flame Festival, 2008
Last weekend's Midnight Flame Festival was pretty darn awesome. I grabbed some photos (okay, a lot of photos, mostly of fire, oddly enough). This entry has a short sampling :)

I really like this festival. It's come to mark the end of my own festival season, and for those of you who either are Norse or just kind of like the Norse gods, this is the festival for you. It's a heavily Norse-leaning festival (moreso than Trillium or Desert Magic, which both seem to skew that direction), and it's just a lot of fun.

One of the focal points of the festival is this pretty awesome little tradition of burning a hollow log, which gives a pretty excellent effect for several hours. You can see it below this paragraph. We sumbled the night away, raising toasts to the Kindreds, and then offered boasts, toasts, and oaths for ourselves. My own boast (carefully worded) was that the Clergy Training Program is nearing completion. Finally. There's a light at the end of that long, dark tunnel.



Flip's boast, however, was that he would submit his Dedicant Path documentation before the next Midnight Flame Festival.



Now, we get to bug him (gently) until he actually submits it!

I love going up to this festival. It's a load of fun, really. It's quiet, laid back, and pretty simple, but then, what more do you need? I'll be back at it next year.

A toast to the two Groves who host it!
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: "When Salome Plays the Drums", -JB

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From:suicidekttn
Date:September 9th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to look into that for next year. That first picture is amazing, I'm in love XD
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 9th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Wish that I could have gotten more of the colour on the photos, but it was a bit dark: there were greens, blues, purples, and reds. The video I took didn't come out well with colours, either. *sighs*

But yeah, it's a good festival. For reference, it's near Bellaire, MI.
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From:arianrhodstorm
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Way too far away for me :(
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
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There's an airport in Traverse City!
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From:arianrhodstorm
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
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I can just see myself trying to fly with camping gear :P
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Haha. Well, they have cabins, so there's no need for tents. I think they also include bedsheets. So, really, there's half your camping gear right there. :)
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From:kargach
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
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Ooh, cabins are definitely a selling point for me. Now all I have to do is get a different job between now and next year. >8)
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
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We should all get jobs that let us go to more festivals. I'd like one that gives me about four to five days off per weekend, particularly over the summer, and that pays me not to be there during those times.

Yeah, I could get on board with that.

(As it stands, I just blow all my vacation on ADF festivals. And people wonder why I never appear at Starwood or Sirius. . .)
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From:kargach
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
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Hey, two days off per week would be a step up for me. >8)
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
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*nods* I remember working a couple of jobs like that. I don't envy the position.

I feel compelled to point out, though: Summerland also has cabins. . .
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From:dragynphyre
Date:September 9th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
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going to try to get there next year
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 9th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Well worth the trip :) Would love to see you out there!
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From:mischevousblend
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Awesome fire! Glad to hear you had a great time. :)

Hope you got some food :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, they fed us quite well up there. Unlike most other festivals with mealplans, they share the cooking among the Groves and anyone else who would like to cook, and there was always plenty of food.
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From:mischevousblend
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Good to hear, but I was actually referring to your mood... :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 9th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Oh, not yet. Unless you count the junk food in my office. . .
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From:uberrod
Date:September 10th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
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I was there and have to agree with everything that Mike wrote.

The thing that struck me was how relaxed I felt.

Oh, and there's free wi-fi as well.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
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Oh, yeah: I got that really relaxed feeling, too.

And free wi-fi is always a plus :)
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From:autumn_hearth
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Twas indeed a very awesome festival. Where might I find more pics? And can I borrow them to spruce up my lj entry I'm in the middle of writing? Will give you credit ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Borrow as many as you like :) Heck, you don't even have to download them: they'll be in that directory for as long as I have my chronarchy.com account, and I don't plan on stopping external links. Most of my pics sort of look. . . just like that, though. I'll go through and see if there are more to include that are of good enough quality.
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From:autumn_hearth
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Okay, I know I've seen the directory before but I cannot find it for the life of me. Linkage mayhaps? *keeps poking and prodding around website*
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
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http://www.chronarchy.com/images/mff08/

I went ahead and did a quick add of three more pictures that aren't seen here :)

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