Our Lady of the Earth and Sky invites all to join us for Beltaine Faire!
Join us for a day of workshops, ritual, maypole, potluck dinner, wetland trails, indoor swimming, and celebration!
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053 (see directions below)
Schedule of Events:
11:00 am Stewardship Party (with Bobby – Please do not arrive before 2:00 PM unless you are joining the Stewardship Party)
2:00 pm Site Opens
2:00–6:00 pm Swap Shop/Free Store
2:30 pm Opening Circle
3:00–4:00 pm Workshop: Sorcery & Mayhem Series: Sex Magick from Prehistory to Present Day (with Bobby)
4:00–4:15 pm Kids' Workshop: Growing Up Pagan: Norse and Germanic Pantheons (with the Magickal Miscreants Pagan Youth Group)
4:15–5:00 pm Kids' Activity: Faery Tea Party (with Ruthie)
4:00–5:30 pm Workshop: Beltaine Hair Braiding (with Karin)
6:00 pm Potluck Dinner
7:00–7:30 pm Newcomers' Orientation (with Ananda)
7:45 pm Pre-Ritual Discussion, followed by Ritual: Beltaine! (with Stephanie)
9:00 pm Coffee Klatch (at the potluck table, with Morgan)
10:00 pm Cleanup Begins
10:30 pm Closing Circle
Rituals & Workshops:
11:00am – 2:00pm Stewardship Party (with Bobby)
What is it? An opportunity to help the Longhouse residents care for the site they generously share with us each month. It's a chance to get to know some OLOTEAS staff and other volunteers a little better, observe the changing seasons and wildlife before the site opens, help with your work, and have fun knowing your time is well spent supporting the Longhouse and OLOTEAS.
We'll also feed you lunch and you’ll be first in line for the pool and hot tub when they open!
2:00pm – 6:00pm Swap Shop/Free Store
Reduce, reuse, and recycle by bringing your gently used clothing in all sizes, small household items, books, etc. and swap for others. This is the perfect place to a find a new home for magickal items in particular. We’ll have a “free store” area where you can set out your offerings and then “shop” from among the others.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Workshop: Sorcery & Mayhem Series: Sex Magick from Prehistory to Present Day (with Bobby)
Just in time for Beltaine, learn about the history and practices of eastern and western sexual magicks.
4:00pm – 4:15pm Kids' Workshop: Growing Up Pagan: Norse and Germanic Pantheons (with the Magickal Miscreants)
This is a series of fifteen-minute classes at the end of each kids' workshop about what it means to grow up Pagan – taught by Pagan kids, for Pagan kids. We are all young adults who grew up in Pagan families, and these classes draw on our personal experiences of what we wish we had known growing up and the kids’ own questions about what it means to be Pagan. At this month's Growing Up Pagan: Norse and Germanic Pantheons
4:15pm – 5:00pm Kids' Activity: Faery Tea Party (with Ruthie)
All younglings are welcome to join us as we celebrate the season with our friends from the Between. There will be tea and treats and faery themed frivolity, feel free to come in your fae finest!
4:00pm – 5:30pm Workshop: Beltaine Hair Braiding (with Karin)
Hair is a magickal thing! How about a little knotty hair magic for Beltaine? Re-create the ancient Vestal Virgin Priestess' hairstyle, complete with veil, or braid a pentacle in your hair. We will be working in pairs after the demonstration, but simply observing is fine too.
If you want to participate, please bring: a rat tail comb, a brush, and hair that has not been washed for one day (squeaky clean hair is difficult to style). Also bring a brooch or button for the veil if you are choosing the Vestal hairstyle (you can get an OLOTEAS button at the check-in desk for $1).
7:45pm Pre-Ritual Discussion, followed by Ritual: Beltaine! (with Stephanie)
Beltaine! Time to gather to celebrate the fertility of the land and our own imaginations. But what if our future harvest was threatened by forces we have to deal with now? Join us, and bring your drums if you have them, for a whimsical Beltaine ritual incorporating many of the beloved traditions of this time of year, and a few new twists of our own, to overcome the obstacles that face us in growing our gardens AND accomplishing our life pursuits. This ritual was written in collaboration with the Magickal Miscreants Pagan Youth Group.
9:00pm Coffee Klatch (at the potluck tables, with Morgan)
Are you interested in open but moderated discussion in a respectful space? Come to the Coffee Klatch! Topics may include current events, politics, religion, and Community discussions!
What to Bring:
Please bring snacks for yourself, a potluck item to share, and your own plate, cup, and utensils (as all on-site tableware needs to be sanitized in the dishwasher before we can leave). No meat may be prepared on the kitchen surfaces (pre-cooked meat is acceptable). No alcohol or other intoxicants are allowed at OLOTEAS events. You might also want to bring a towel for pool/hot tub use (note: the pool area is clothing-optional). Shoes cannot be worn inside, so please wear a pair that can be slipped easily on and off. We strive to do the main ritual outside, regardless of weather, so please bring layered clothing for colder/wetter weather if desired. Feel free to bring and play your drums or other instruments. Also, please note that, due to allergy and wildlife concerns, no pets are allowed on site (except service animals).
Please check in at the front door when you arrive on-site (or after Stewardship if you come early to help!). We are sustained, and do our part to sustain our community and the wider world, through a multidirectional flow of resource contributions. These contributions include but are not limited to money, skill, talent, and material goods. We ask all those who are able to make a money donation when they come to events (usually $10 for ages 13 and up, and we're not requesting donations for ages 12 and under). This is a request, no one ever has or ever will be turned away from a regular OLOTEAS event for lack of funds, but we do sincerely ask for it if you are able.
A Note About Children:
This site features a swimming pool, hot tub, and many natural outside features that pose potential risks for unattended children; therefore, children younger than the age of 13 MUST be under adult supervision at ALL times during this event. With respect to the pool, an individual adult may be responsible FOR NO MORE THAN 3 CHILDREN (those under 13). Other than the kids’ workshop (when offered), there are no organized children’s activities, although there are games and crafts for kids.
A Note About Noise at the Longhouse:
The Longhouse requires that participants keep the noise level very low after 10:00 PM. Loud noise includes car alarms (so make sure your alarm is turned off), car muffler issues or backfiring (if your vehicle has issues, please park at the top of the hill parking lot), loud motorcycle engines (again, please park at the top of the hill parking lot), drumming or other music (if it continues long after ritual, please stop and ask a staff member if there is a space indoors where drumming or other music could continue until 10:00 PM), and loud talking in the parking lot (voices carry over to the neighbors’ property). Also, please be considerate by entering and exiting the site quietly.
A Note About Parking and Carpooling:
Parking availability at the Longhouse is limited – please carpool if at all possible. Park near the outdoor "Registration" booth or along the stretch of the driveway near the outdoor kitchen and stage areas. Please park close to the adjacent vehicle, but be considerate of vehicles displaying disability license plates or signs. Once at the site, due to limited space and potential number of participants, we advise that folks leave most personal belongings in their vehicles. There is no public transit option for the Longhouse, so if you are able to offer a ride or are looking for one, please feel free to post ride availability or requests to the OLOTEAS community email list or our Facebook group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/oloteas/).
Take 520 eastbound to the Redmond Way/Fall City (WA 202) Exit. Turn right at the light at the end of the off ramp. Go approximately 5 miles on Redmond-Fall City Road. Driveway is on the right, 23301 (directly across from Guardwell Storage). If you pass Albertson's, you have gone about 100 yards too far. When you first pull into the drive you should immediately see a large wooden sign that says The Longhouse; if you don’t you are in the neighbors’ drive.
Our Lady of the Earth and Sky
Mailing address: 12345 Lake City Way NE #195 Seattle, WA 98125-5401
Event address: 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road, Redmond, 98053
Email: OLOTEAS (at) oloteas (dot) org