Children's (and Adult's) Activities
Children's activities during the festival days will include:
*Kids Craft Tent - free kid's crafts activities will be held in the Children's Tent from 11:00am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
* Faery Themed Scavenger Hunt - a free scavenger hunt with prizes for kids who complete the hunt
* Tea Parties - A special table, a special time, and special treats! A children's tea party with a variety of drink, finger sandwich, and treat. A reservation is needed. Morning tea at 11am and High Tea at 4pm both Saturday and Sunday. Best for ages 2-12.
**$5 per child
* S'mores BonFire -Our family friendly, Friday night, BonFire and S'mores Bar will be too much fun for anyone not sufficiently prepared to party. Grab your chocolate and marshmallows and dance around the fire! We will have all the standards (chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers), but wait until you try all of that plus chocolate chunks, bananas, and peanut butter in a waffle cone! WHHAAATT?!?
**For weekend campers ONLY
* Party like a Hatter - In case you need S'more of a reason to make a weekend of it...
This year, Weekend Campers and VIP Campers will also get to go Mad as Hatters at our Saturday night Mad Hatter's Tea Party! There is no telling what kind of mischief the Hatter will bring. We supply the mixers and you top off your "tea" with anything you like (just leave the mercury at home).
**For weekend campers ONLY
* Intro to POI with Na'la -
Open to all ages!
"POI" is the Maori word for "ball" on a cord. The POI was used by the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand to increase their flexibility and strength in their hands and arms, as well as improve coordination. The beauty and joy of poi has traveled all over the world, where people have creatively added fabric, LED lights and even Kevlar wicks that can be lite on fire! Na'la will teach you the POI basics like “Reels” “The Weave” and “Butterfly”, so you can begin your poi dance journey. Be prepared to be challenged and have fun swinging things around your body! Need poi? Na’la will have practice poi available (limited to 18 sets), but feel free to bring your own.
*Intro to Belly Dance with Na’la -
Open to beginners up to intermediate.
Belly Dance is an expressive dance which emphasizes complex movements of the shoulders, arms, hands, ribs and hips. Originally a Middle Eastern folk dance, it has evolved to take many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style. New styles have spread from the Middle East to the whole world! In this class Na’la will teach a variety of movements aimed at beginners, but can easily be modified to challenge intermediate students. We will cover four movement families; the percussive/staccato family, the fluid/circular family, the shimmy family, and traveling steps, all of which can be found in any style of belly dance. The goal of this class is to spend some time getting more familiar with our bodies, getting in touch with the rhythm of the song, and to enjoy the company of our fellow classmates!
Jasif has traveled from far distant lands to cavort with and protect the Fae with the ancient Elvish art of the Snake Swords. This rarest of disciplines is so mesmerizing and hypnotic that foes are vanquished upon the mere sight of the blades. So relax, be entertained, and feel safe as Jasif wanders the Realm with his display of illusion and power.
Native American Relics
Steve Sims has been a Native American relics and fossil enthusiast since his earliest years. Having attended many pow wows throughout the 1980’s and teaching primitive living skills with Earth Quest in the late 90’s, Steve has focused on showing relics and teaching primitive survival skills as a guest speaker at schools, for scout groups, and at the popular Floyd Fest in Floyd, VA.
Steve will be offering sessions throughout the day on various Native American crafts and skills. All ages are welcome.
Beauty in Movement
Na’la’s choreography and personal style grew from a fusion of all her past experiences. She has studied with many teachers across the US and in Europe, and has completed the Sahara Dance’s Bellydance teacher training in 2010. She has also completed the SEED’s (Self-Esteem, Empowerment, and Education through Dance) teacher training course in 2016, and the Paraprofessional Counseling Course in 2017. She is honored to be a teacher in such a vibrant and inspiring dance community, and has a special interest in Sacred Movement and participating in Council Shares. (Ask her for more info!)
Na'la will be teaching Intro to Belly Dancing and Intro to POI classes at the Festival.
The Vikings are coming...
Vikings of the Valley is heritage based, celebrating the history, culture and traditions of the ancient Viking Folk. They provide educational programs on the Dark Age History of Europe, and the Age of the Viking for all ages. They gather as Kindred Folk to share their history, culture and heritage both socially and publicly.
They will bring their Viking Ship and Viking folklore to this year's Festival!
P. County Representation
Patrick County musical favorite, Chris Owens, will be joining us for the 2017 Virginia Faery Festival.
Chris's soulful country roots can be heard in all of his music. Whether performing covers or originals, Chris can capture the emotion of the song and take you along for the ride.
Final Form Fusion is a troupe of professionally trained belly dancers brought together by a longing to express their mutual love of geek culture through music and dance. Assembled in the autumn of 2016, their mission is to create electric productions encompassing multiple genres, including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, video games, and more!
Their accomplished and versatile performers will charm and captivate the crowd, providing unique, family friendly entertainment for those attending and making your event a stand out experience.
DragonSong is a collaborative world music ensemble performing a synthesis of contemporary and traditional music. Through the integration of both ethnic and progressive tools, members combine their talents and put their egos aside in order to create an entity greater than themselves to share with the rest of the collective. They strive to enlighten and inspire one another by recycling energy and encouraging expression on a conscious and subconscious level.
Amazing people to see and meet!
Celtic Music Tradition
CandelFirth is a musical duo that explores traditional Celtic music through unique rhythms, arrangements and expressions. Randel Candelaria has been playing Celtic music for 30 years with a number of bands including Naomi's Fancy and the Celthix, and has recently played in pubs across Ireland along side Fiddler's Green and the legendary Irish group De Danann.
Susie Firth Cooper has been a solo artist for years and has performed most recently with the band Ashgrove. Her love for Celtic music has extended for the past 30 years or more.
Both have joined together to bring their unique approaches and dedication of the music of the British Isles in a blended and dynamic presentation reflecting their appreciation and fondness for the Celtic musical tradition.
Hot! Hot! Hot!
Dance Afire Productions is a unique theatrical fire dance performance company. They offer unique and unforgettable performances that can be worked into any event. From light atmospheric movement, to driven center-stage choreography, they offer a vast variety of different skills and performance options.
Come see Bronwen and Loup de Lou bring the heat!
Music with Feeling
Dawn grew up in the Ozarks amid lots of mountain music, arts, storytelling, beautiful hills and rivers. She taught herself to play guitar at 13.
She recently released The Vicious Hillbilly, 10 original songs, that a fan described as: “Part Patty Griffin... part Todd Snider...part
Linda Ronstadt...ALL honest, soulful lyrics combining Americana, alt-Country, Blues, and Folk musical
styles while exploring life as a progressive, mature, hillbilly girl living in the deep south.” Her lyric-driven music, as well as humorous stories that accompany the songs, are a perfect fit to listening environments.
Hanging the Moon
Local to Central Virginia, Moonlight Circus literally hung the Moon for the Virginia Faery Festival. Their performances and movement are unforgettable.
By day, they are scientists, teachers, artists, dancers, mothers and fathers. At night they come together for the love of expression through the circus arts. Witness breath-taking displays of strength, grace, and skill as artists perform aerial silks, lyra, acrobatic partner balancing, bellydance, stilt-walking, and clowning.
A performance that is not to be missed!
677 Spirithaven Lane
Stuart VA 24171