Monday, June 18, 2012

@ the Wickerman Burn Festival

We returned yesterday from 3 days at Four Quarters campground in Artemas, PA. We were there for something called the Wickerman Burn Festival, which is a mid-Atlantic knock-off of the Burning Man Festival. I liked camping with friends and having a little area all our own for people to visit and trade things. I enjoyed being outside and doing out-doorsy things. I liked seeing (some of the) freaky people, and meeting and talking to a few. But the music wasn't that great, the arts and crafts were sadly lacking, and I'm past the age when glow-in-the-dark bracelets or battery-powered jewelry might interest or excite me. We did get to dance a bit, and there were naked people, and the fire itself was a thrill: a huge effigy burned atop a gigantic pile of timbers, followed by a bit of hedonism. We took a long nap next to the conflagration once it had shrunk enough to get near. I watched burning embers climb a smoke ladder into the starry sky where they vanished, and wondered about early hominids doing the same and creating the underpinnings of religious and mystical thinking re: the heavens above. I would love to camp at Four Quarters again, but I'm not sure about Wickerman Burn. It wasn't a negative experience by any means, but I expected more...creativity? Paganism? Fun?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... Sorry to hear that. :) jv

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. I had a great time, but where was the art? Burning man is an art fest and almost every theme camp was about food or drink with the exception of sound town. I think that me and my friend may have been the only pagans there, but it was an interfaith sanctuary with a large stone circle and a burning effigy???? I know there was a ritual in the labyrinth prior to burning the effigy and in a way I am glad I didn't go. I would not want to see a bunch of Fagans(fake pagans) making a bad attempt at copying what they think I do. Overall a long drive to see great friends I can see here. I would love to go camping with friends again, but don't need to go so far to do it, and we are all great artists in our own ways, so I am sure we can make that happen.

Steven Hart said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEOQqnHMSMc

Nyarlathotep said...

ha Seven--if only!

joey said...

I'm past the age



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