Autumnal Equinox

Tis the last day of summer in Sherwood, some one hundred and fifty odd days until the gates open for the First Annual Sherwood Forest Faire on February 27th, 2010 (1189).  There is still much to do before that Saturday morning.

And yet, our hearts are light and our spirits soar with excitement.  Since the inception of the idea, a community, a tribe, has been forming.  People from all walks of life, folk with talents you cannot believe, gifted and giving families, individuals who have walked by us and said simply, “I’m in! I get it!”

We have been overcome and humbled by the many who have given to Sherwood with their song, their talents in art and woodwork/glasswork, computer skills, and most of all your encouragements that we are on the right track.

I was humored some this weekend when I informed someone that we seek input and critique of what we are doing–that we want to hear from people.  He looked back and in all sincerity asked, “Do you really mean that? Do you really want to hear criticism?” and thinking I was about to get an earful, said, “Absolutely–the good and the bad.  We want to hear it.”  (He did not have anything at that moment to say).  We want all of you to offer your insights–what are the musts for a great faire experience?  What really spoils a great time at a faire?  If a faire could not afford everything, what are the five essentials to make a faire a success as it grows?

The ceremony at the Gathering this weekend was spectacular.  Well attended, a beautiful and uplifting experience.  Most any spiritual individual would have walked away from the starlit event feeling something good.

Some have asked if Sherwood is going to focus on paganism.  No is the answer.  One of the business practices or values we have committed to is authenticity…thus, read 12th century English history if you want to get a feel for Sherwood.  Now, amidst the overwhelming Christian dominance of the formal religion in England was a undercurrent of Celtic symbolism, superstitions, beliefs in the Fay, and the like…but Richard was away in the Holy Lands fighting for Christendom.

Thus, the Knights Templar’s, monks, holy men, and theologians will also be present in these woods.  As in olde, the Chapel will play a prominent place in the experience, but is within a rock throw of The Seven Sisters.  Much as the Yew Tree stands in the courtyard of most Norman churches today in England as a statement to the melding and mixing of Saxons, Celts and Normans.

Join us in December when we celebrate and consecrate Maid Marian’s Chapel.  We would like that to be as spectacular as this last Saturday evening.  We will be seeking an orthodox priest to lead us in this wonderful experience.

We send you are love!  We hope to see many of you within the nation’s grandest faire to date–TEXAS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL.  And as we have said before, much like so many of you, the grandeur of TRF is our standard to be judged by.  Just give a bit of time.

Blessings upon you and yours, Keep Sherwood in your thoughts and prayers.


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