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August 26th, 2009


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03:16 pm - Summerland '09
Really, I had a great time. There were highs and lows, as there are at every festival, but let me tell ya, the highs greatly outweighed the lows.

I managed to put together my tent on Wednesday night, though it was a hell of a battle in a very humid and hot afternoon. Then, I ran off to the Dayton airport to pick up Kathleen.

Thursday morning, I got in early and took care of distributing a few things around camp. Then I settled into my workshop. It interested me that people were excited about this one: I'd gotten such poor turnout at Wellspring, and here I found that people were actually looking forward to the workshop at Summerland. Oh, such different festivals :) There's an Oak Leaves article in store with this, and I hope to get it polished over the Winter.

I ended up going to bed very early on Thursday night, as work pressure just hasn't been letting up (I got called about an issue, even though my calendar was clearly marked: "vacation," though I didn't mind too much, really).

Friday was pretty good, starting with an awesome dawn ritual and culminating in the bardic circle and auction, where it turns out that we had way too much awesome stuff to auction off. I think the best part of the evening was watching Maggie run around in a backless red dress to show off auction items. Just before the Circle, though, I had some work to do: the ADF clergy have made a standing appointment based on lunar cycles, and I wasn't about to miss it. I'm so pleased I did, too, because it led to a grand experience the next day.

And, dude, if you missed the posting about several 3CG members engaging in a Barbershop (Barbarian) Quartet version of Led Zepplin's Immigrant Song, you just click that link and check it out.

On Saturday, I ended up doing a lot of Ancestor work: writing an invitation to them for the Unity Rite, I found myself going far deeper into the process than I expected to go. The result was a deeply meaningful understanding of the Ancient Wise, who they are, and what they do. This understanding led me to draw on images and lore that, until now, had been locked mostly within my own mind, and allowed me to introduce some of that imagery to the Folk of ADF. . . if they were paying attention, I guess. I hear, though, that the Ancestors invitation went very well for the most part.

On Saturday night, I participated in a panel discussion about various aspects of the future of ADF, which was something I was looking forward to talking about, but I admit to feeling somewhat disappointed: after all the work I put into my portion, I see that very few people found value in it. People have remarked about boredom during the discussion, or that it was a farce of unimportance. To those who engaged with it and enjoyed it, thank you for making it a useful and good discussion: I've seen one or two people describe it as useful, and several people engaged positively with it during the event. I really do this sort of stuff on the notion that a single person learning a single thing is enough for me, so I'm so very pleased I did it. Still, I have a notion that the discussion might have been better served in a workshop slot that was a bit less "okay, everyone attend"-like. It might have made me feel better in the long run, and less like the work I've done and continue to do is generally not worth the time of others.

Saturday night also led to several good conversations, some of which were rather eye-opening and theologically deep. I love this sort of thing at festivals, even if I did end up missing pretty much the entire concert as a result. I also understand that I went to bed at just the right time to avoid drama (really, going to bed before 1 AM is the best way to avoid drama at most festivals, as the drinking heats up around that point and so do the arguments: it's like clockwork).

Sunday involved the taking down of many tents, cleaning, cooking (I love being in the kitchen with the Cranes) and lots of hugs. Then a collapse at home for a couple of hours' worth of napping.

Awesome festival, though, like always! I love meeting new and interesting people from around ADF, and I was so very happy to see that so many people came from so far away to attend and sorely missed the people who couldn't be there. I hope that those who came felt as honoured to be our guests as we felt to be your hosts!
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: "Bob Robert's Society Band", -JB

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From:dubhlainn
Date:August 27th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
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hmm, an interesting idea. I am sure that is true in some cases. I for one am one of those who gets obsessed with details, LOL -- remember I love by-laws, and in some ways I think that is what I was missing.

The more I think about it the more I feel that my biggest issue was that there was just too much/too many people in the roundtable. By reducing the number of presentations, the presenters could have gone into more detail and allowed time for more back and forth.

I was also saddened that we had no coversation about Orders. That is an important part of our future, I believe, whether one is a supporter of the concept or not. I know it is hard/scary to talk about that kind of controversal stuff but we really need to have those conversations out in the open too.
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 27th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
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I admit, I wish people would stop talking about Orders and just do 'em. Let the structure catch up to the work, not the other way around.
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From:dubhlainn
Date:August 27th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I actually agree with you 120% but the reason why I say the talk needed to happen because, as far as I am aware, the only people who have the conversation at all is the CC and those of us working on Orders.
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 27th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
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We Cranes are well on our way, too, to creating an Order. We started about three weeks ago and are appear to have met nearly every criteria that Ian's posted on the lists.

I'm a huge fan of ignoring rules that don't exist and just doin' it, though. That's how WotY got done, and the CTP, and a variety of other small projects I've stuck my fingers in from time to time.

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