EVE 2011 SUMMER ideas:
We have one EVE group gathering planned for summer. Look for more info to come about our harvest celebration on August 1.
Memorial Day(May 30) I’ve only spoken with folks who do NOT have a loved one that they have lost in the service of country that they would be remembering on this holiday. Some are celebrating their inner warrior by attending the American Indian Festival.
Last day of school (June 3) The start of a big breath out. Everyone seems ready for the down-time.
Document – scrapbook or even a notebook and a glue stick. Give kids a way to hold memories.
Summer Solstice, (June 21) the sun reaches its peak and begins to decline. The Goddess becomes the lover of all things that fade and die. She is the mother of abundance and fruitfulness who loves and feeds her children. Since Midsummer is a night when the fairies come out to frolic and play, it might be nice to leave some treats for them to have after their night of dancing. Empty egg shells or magnolia leaves can hold a refreshing tea and bits of dried fruit or nuts make a wonderful snack for fairies. The fairies will want to leave a treasure (some say it is a jewel from a fairy queen’s crown) in your shoe as a token of their gratitude. What a wonderful reminder that when we take care of the Earth Fairies, we are always rewarded – either directly with a jewel or by having a healthier earth.
|Sun-p105 or whipper whopper p93 (All Year Round) or walnut boat p168 (Earthways)||Gift of the Summer Sun p220 (Circle Round)||Seasonal fruit||Father Sun and the Dandelion (Suzanne Down in spring 09 Living Crafts magazine) —–The Flowers’ Festival by Elsa Beskow||Leaving treats for the fairies. -Get out in the wind, water, earth & sun.|
4th of July (July 4) For many, this is an extended family gathering time. If you are looking for other options, maybe a state park would make a nice outing? (–hopefully a smaller crowd?) Check out the top few events at http://www.gastateparks.org/Events. I set the search at July events within 50 miles from zip 30030. Change that to fit your driving comfort.
Lughnasad, (August 1) (Pronounced Loo–na–sa) the days are already growing shorter although we are at the warmest time of year. The Goddess becomes the Harvest Mother, as we gather in the first of the crops.
|Hope Cards, Circle Round p248||P185, Celebrating Irish Festivals by Ruth Marshall & Lammas Bread Blessing p251 Circle Round||You pick farms – check out Local Food Guide at http://georgiaorganics.org/ or http://www.pickyourown.org/GA.htm . Usually the ajc runs a list of you-pick farms. We have visited http://www.aboutyule.com/blueberry.asp which is very near http://www.gastateparks.org/Panola. The place we visit is not certified organic, but they do not spray herbicide or pesticide. Call ahead and verify hours and ask about spray practices.||The Queen Bee, Grimm||Harvesting together Monday morning, August 1.|
1st day of school (August 17)
|Crayon or pencil holder – something to use in the upcoming year. Lunch basket décor.||Good Day, Good Day. Where have you been? What have you done? Where have your journeyed out under the sun?|
Looking out past the summer . . .
…to October. Last year we gathered to share a Hobgoblin Puppet show on Halloween that turned out so very nice. Buoyed by our initial success, we are going to do a Halloween Eve puppet show based upon Jane Yolen’s book, Child of Faerie, Child of Earth. If you have the book, you know the sweet story and beautiful artwork. If not, go ahead and peek at the reviews and the art on amazon. We will be making 4 puppets (young and old versions of both the Child of Faerie and the Child of Earth), we will design and gather set supplies, we will need a reader, we will need puppet movers (there is probably a more official word – maybe puppeteer) and we will need a host. Please think of your family plans for Sunday, Oct 30 and how you might like to be involved in sharing this sweet story of friendship with our children.
…to April 2012. I have had season tickets to Theatrical Outfit for over a decade and love their work, the people involved with the company and the environmental stance they take with their facility. TO is doing A Wrinkle In Time as part of their 2011-12 season. Fred, Ivie & I will be there on Sunday, April 15 (center, row F, seats 113,114,115) if anyone is interested in getting tix to join us.