Strummit 2018

Strummit – Northwest String Summit

Strummit Peacock

Peacocks adorn Horning’s Hideout – This is one of two tapestries created by Tika Bee that adorn the mainstage.

Here’s my review of Strummit 2018. This was my 3rd visit to the festival and I think I’m on board for more more more! Here are some of the highlights and some suggestions to make the festival even better.

Highlights!

Well before the festival began this year I joined the Strummit Family group on FB. This was a super helpful resource to connect with others and get some tips on how to enjoy the festival. I tried to find a camp that might like to have my jamming skills – but failed to make that happen – particularly because when I arrived and was parked (nice job volunteers) on Thursday – I took my tent and started to wander – and found Shakeytown right away and planted myself. I got there in the afternoon and didn’t realize that I planted myself in a spot that got early morning sun – note to self for next year – camp in forest like everyone else 🙂  I did end up amongst some folks who were up for jamming, though – and had a great opening time the first couple of days jamming with nearby neighbors.

Then, it was time to head out and hear some music – I was not disappointed! Here’s the 2018 lineup. The way the organizers spread out the sets/musicians it was not too hard to hear most of the bands play at least once.  Friend/Hero Chris Chandler recommended I hear The Deer – so I made a big move to do that – and am grateful I did. Another band that moved me is Dead Horses. One of the fun things about Strummit is that bands come from all over the country (and world!) to play. The festival-goers are also from all over the place – so you meet people who’ve dedicated themselves to this music and their enthusiasm and excitement is really palpable.  There’s hardly anyone there who is not extremely excited to be there. You can also see this in how people wear the t-shirts of their favorite bands – I could do a whole post just on all the fun t-shirts and slogans I saw all weekend.

And, that’s the real magic of this festival. It’s the people. It’s like a family – there is a lot of care between everyone – an encouragement to live big and really enjoy what’s happening. I saw this in so many expressions. It reminded me of Oregon Country Faire in some ways – the way that festival is also a giant family – but Strummit, being a smaller fest, takes the caring to a deeper level.

NWSS 2018 MapHere’s a map of the festival grounds. This is not a topographical map 🙂  By that I mean that there are hills to get between each area – you can’t avoid climbing and descending multiple times a day – and I found this + dancing my ass off led to a case of very tired legs by Saturday 🙂

There’s almost too much going on. I heard so many great sets on the main stage – and right after they finished there would be an awesome tweener set up above the bowl where the mainstage happens. There was hardly time to breathe for hours – switching between bands and stages 🙂  Possibly, this is a good problem to have 🙂  This was a hot year – 90-degree temps – so moving about from shady spot to shady spot was key – luckily, the bowl sits among a lot of tall trees (here’s for keeping big trees standing!!!!) – many hammocks are strung amongst the trees, too.

This year I discovered the Cascadia stage. It’s a smaller venue where the music starts up early every day. Lucky for me this stage was located very close to Shakeytown. It was a great place to spend the morning hearing some of the acts up close with less people. There was even lots of yoga this year – something I don’t remember from my previous visits in 2014-15 (I think).

Other highlights – Yonder’s Sat. night set – they always do a special artist – this year they did a bunch of Steve Miller songs – which they played beautifully, featuring my friend, Asher Fulero on keys – Fly Like and Eagle, The Joker, Take the Money and Run, etc. I kept waiting for Fly Like an Eagle – and they ended with it. I was wearing my Eagles Championship ski hat – and had the biggest grin on my face!!!  The light show that night was also spectacular as always during the Yonder night shows.  I’ve seen a lot of great lights shows (hello Beloved Festival!), but these folks have a lot of fun with the light tech.

Sideboob ft. Allie Kral, Mimi Naja, Shook Twins, etc – played a show late Sat. night. It was an invite to all the women playing in various bands to join together.  They did a great version of Put a Ring on It, and many other popular tunes – I’d love to see this act continue and be featured on the mainstage – for so many reasons (1. for young girls to see that they too could be on this stage one day 🙂  Fantastic costumes and playing!

Sideboob

Lots of magic; great food – it was fun to reconnect with my buddy Blissful Wunders and sample some of his truffles. I missed not having Get Fried Rice there – but Boke Bowl and funnel cake and tacos – all was well in food and drink land.  So, overall, there are many things that this festival gets right right right. Great location (so close to Portland – wow!); pretty easy in and out; nice camping spaces; great, enthusiastic people; lots of great volunteers helping things go smoothly; prominent medical team at the ready; encouragement and help for folks who are alter-abled (they had a shuttle to help people get where they needed to go if they were unable to climb to and fro.) – and, it’s time for some ideas for improvement – ready?  Here goes.  Luckily, it’s not that long a list.

Improvements

  1. Water: There is one place to fill up water containers (2, but they are right next to each other – thank you Klean Kanteen… Ideally, there would be more places for people to fill up on water. Speaking of water – Strummit might copy what OCF does and have some misters strung in various places – like across the bowl 🙂  If people are going to be dancing on a hot, sunny day, a mist would definitely help keep em cool.
  2. Washing – Beloved Festival has an awesome clean-up station – 4 sinks on each side – well-lighted. I’d get in touch with them and see about bringing this feature to Strummit.  Makes it easy to brush one’s teeth and wash faces.
  3. Gators. I get it – these are how musicians’ gear gets from stage to stage – but can anything be done to limit the # of trips?  I saw many gators out and about – often empty.  Also, I’d see one band’s stuff get dropped off at the Cascadia stage – then, the gator would leave – only to come back a half hour later to pick up the previous band’s instruments and take them away. How about leave the gators in place to wait for their next use – seems there are many of them. The less gator trips the better because – they compete with pedestrians on the pathways and they also kick up a lot of dust.
  4. Dust + Smoke. Here’s one I don’t know the answer to – but I still have a chest cough from this festival and I imagine it will go on for a while.  Part of this is the dust from the roads (see #3 issue/solution), but part of this is from people smoking and vaping everywhere. This leads to being in popular places like the bowl, surrounded by 1,000 people and never getting a fresh breath of air. I don’t know exactly what the solution is – but one thought would be for people who want to smoke to pull off to the side somewhere.  Cough cough.
  5. This is a weird one and I’m sure it wasn’t planned – the reefer trucks at the top of the hill back directly into the porta-potties. Perhaps spacially, this works, but the volume in the porta-potties can be intense! Same with the other porta-potties at the Cascadia stage (a generator backs into those…). This probably led to the lowlight of the festival for me – post Yonder on Sat. night – coming into a porta-potty and having the reefer truck engines kick in. Ouch, weird timing.
  6. The VIP Peacock Club. This didn’t exist the last time I attended and it’s kind of awful. It leads to losing access to part of the lake (the ability to walk around the whole thing, for instance) and it just feels elitist. I highly recommend doing away with this “feature”.
  7. Lighting – generally, pretty awesome. I don’t think shining bright lights into the audience is good for anyone. Sure, once a set or night, but there’s an overuse of blinking and shining lights into peoples’ eyes which is stunning (not in a good way). That’s a personal preference, but my guess is it’s stressful on the body.
  8. Sound. This one’s hard. The thing that draws everyone to this festival (musicians included, I’m sure) is the quality of the music. I tend to think that most festival play music too loud and I was pleased that Strummit seemed a little more chill than my previous visits. That said, the mixing of the music seemed off way too often. I tried to comment to the sound tech guy at the Cascadia stage morning sessions, but then got tired of giving him feedback. Really, I’d suggest this become more of a priority. For a band to come all the way from Wisconsin or Australia and then have the bass be so loud that it drowns out the other instruments or for something to be feeding back and no one doing anything immediately to fix it – that seems unprofessional. Perhaps having teams doing sound would help?  I know this is not an easy feat – mixing people band after band in odd configurations day after day – but I’m sure I’m not the only one who noticed this. PLEASE STRUMMIT, LOOK INTO THIS ONE!
  9. Signage – Would be great to have a sign on the way out once you reach the main road – make a left to get to 26. Also, simple signs affirming you’re on the right path from 26 to festival on the way in would be great!

Whew, that was hard, and I’m sure it’s going to be hard for some to read. Know that this festival rates an 11 out of 10 in my festival rating system. I am still riding very high from my visit.

Sometimes a video can paint a thousand words – here’s the promo video for this year. But really, if you’re thinking of attending Strummit – search the youtubes for various bands that have played there. There’s nothing like experiencing the surprises the folks pull out of their hats.

Here’s a nice article about Strummit from 2016. Perhaps I’ll see you out there next year.  My wish would be to come back as a performer.  Feel free to leave comments below.  Also, I’ll probably add to this – see below the pic for more as I think of it.

Strummit

Not sure what category this fits into. But given this is a family – here’s a thought. Since the US healthcare system is failing many – I wonder if there could be something like this set up at Strummit.  I don’t know how it gets funded, but here’s the idea. Dental clinic and possibly a dermatologist, as well.  ie, you can walk into a trailer and be seen by someone who would clean your teeth and possibly give you feedback on your dental health. 2. Same thing with a dermatologist – at Burning Man one year there was one in a lab coat who just stood in front of a shady area – you stripped down and he’d inspect your body. I got a clean bill of health one year and that sure cheered me.

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Regarding #4 above, someone just shared this with me on FB. Seems relevant. quitting smoking

 

Pickathon 2017

Pickathon 2017
Pickathon

Here’s my note to Pickathon: (General Questions info@pickathon.com) – regarding the noise levels at this past weekend’s festival – and some commentary from friends on FB. FYI – Trade Up Music in Portland sells a variety of earplugs. 

“Hey there, I had some great moments this year at Pickathon. I go to a lot of festivals – and I often write about them. Unfortunately, I am really upset about the sound level for most of the music this weekend.

I had to leave the venue early each evening and seek refuge somewhere else because things just got too loud. As someone who has attended a lot of festivals – I get it – loud music = fun, and freedom. But the incessant level of 11 at Pickathon was not fun for me. I’m 56, I’m getting tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and I’m also a big fan of great, live music. I think you probably had some really good acts this weekend, and I certainly got my fill of some of them at the Woods stage. But once the levels went up there, I was out of luck.

Here’s an article I wrote on the topic a few years back. If I’m to return to Pickathon, I’ll need some reassurance that the head cheeses have thought this through and make an effort to change things.

This was my first time back to Pickathon in 10 years (or so) – I think I was there for the first one at Pendarvis Farm. I really enjoyed so much about the festival – I’ll be writing a review which I will share with you if you’re interested. But the noise level made my appreciation sort of moot, because I couldn’t stay around. Thanks for listening. Please include a question about sound volume level when you ask people about their experience.

Mine – overall was awesome, except for the sound level. (fyi, think of the children – the levels they’re being exposed to is not safe…)

 Comments

Jaci LaVon Roe My mama has some hearing loss. She just went to some live music she was looking forward to and it was blasted too loud. She couldn’t even make out the words of the singer. It does not need to be so loud and for me it’s not fun and free when it’s like that, it hurts the senses. People need to give feedback about this because it’s a common complaint.

Albert Kaufman Thank you. It’s like they take a delicious ice cream cone and pour dirt on it.

Jaci LaVon Roe Yep. I’ve had that experience too, but certainly for people who already have some damage or loss, they/we still deserve to actually Hear and Enjoy the artists performance, especially paying good money for it. Mutual support needed.

Kristi Hart Excellent point, Albert. I notice this every time I go to a movie theater… as soon as it starts, I wish I’d rented a movie at home instead. Thanks for speaking up! I will join you in adding my comments on this topic to event feedback.

Albert Kaufman sadly, I think Eclipse will be more of the same and I think I’m going to sell my ticket.

Kristi Hart Albert Kaufman  you’re probably right. Maybe worth mentioning to the organizers/Symbiosis, to ask if they’ve considered volume levels in their planning?

James Hanley I have to wear earplugs at shows these days.

Eileen Snow Not to oversimplify the issue or problem….. What about using some earplugs that take the sound level to a level that works for you? I see a ton of live music, and various friends use them and tell me they come in all configurations to make one comfortable and able to fully enjoy. Highly recommend keeping a pair that works for you tucked I to your pocket! It’s a good way to be sure you don’t have to leave if things get too loud….

Albert Kaufman Yes. for me – great solution. For the slew of kids/teenagers/people with no clue… it’s not a great solution. And, we’d just all do a lot better to actually hear the music with the right volume.

Eileen Snow I hear you (figuratively)— but also want to impress that sometimes, I want to feel the power in really loud acoustics. Maybe the solution is some sort of warning about the dcb level to be expected at certain shows (fair warning), so that we can all be informed and choose to participate or not (or use earplugs or not)? Not sure that would take care of the younger set who think their hearing is invincible…..

Erin Townsend The problem there is that when you’re up the hill camping above Woods Stage, it’s still too loud at your campground, or when you’re eating at the wonderful food court, it’s still too loud there from Main Stage. No escape. You can’t just choose not to attend the show.

Erin Townsend Great suggestion, nonetheless, it just may not apply in this case.

Albert Kaufman Erin: General Questions info@pickathon.com When emailing “info” please be patient with a reply. We’re a small staff and we receive a high volume of email every day.

Mike Meyer Cranking up old time music in the wilderness makes no sense to me. Alot of other Pickathon things don’t resonate with me either. I find way better acts, more of a community ethos, all for less $ at other events throughout the summer…

Albert Kaufman wow, if you’re saying that then … I’m really worried. And, add me to your newsletter, please.

Albert Kaufman And, any ideas on how to get these festival organizers to listen on this issue would be appreciated. I wish they’d all travel to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival to see how it can be done.

Marian Spadone Thanks, Albert. This is important and it’s kind of stunning to me how sound pollution and subsequent hearing loss aren’t more of a topic of awareness. I use earplugs at the movies these days almost all the time, and haven’t been to a concert in a while, partly because of this. (though I do use earplugs when hearing music too…) Even concerts billed as ‘acoustic’ are amplified. weird…

Megan Ruby Richards I was just researching a good pair of acoustic ear plugs to bring to symbiosis eclipse 
currently hear ringing in my ears, I can’t remember when that started! 

Albert Kaufman oh, I’m so sorry. I’m 56! I know it’s probably not age dependent, but tinnitus so far sucks sucks sucks. take care of those ears, dear. Sanderson Safety Supply Co is a good place to go for ear protection.

Mike Oxborrow Albert Kaufman Music stores stock them!

Aaron Overstreet I bring Isolator brand earplugs with me everywhere. They retain the quality of the music and don’t make it muddy like foam plugs.

Albert Kaufman cool. Thank you. I suspect I need to get some of these quick.

Matthew Mathis “Thanks for listening”! 
Anne Jones Sorry pickathon sounds like a yawn o Rama to me. 
Albert Kaufman It could have been a lot better (for me, at least) if the sound had been less oppressive. And, there’s lots of variety out here…

Dandelion Mae I agree with you Albert! I have hearing loss and struggle with the same issues. It’s just not enjoyable. The thing that gets me about it though is that even if you don’t have hearing issues, noise at that volume isn’t good for your ears; it’s just not.

Carolyn Stuart let’s include ALL amplified music events!!( if you need the vibration just ask someone to shake you?)
Hank Payne I’m sharing this because it is something that is affecting many of us. Its not just the “super bass car audio” any more. Audio intrusions and pollution comes from everywhere these days.

Howard Patterson My theory is that the music is so loud because the sound engineers have been turning it up to eleven for so long that they are significantly hearing impaired, and don’t understand how loud it actually is.

Albert Kaufman you’re onto something. that’s why I love me a live marching band!

Eric Fair-Layman I think it’s peer pressure

Lisa Wittenberg Hillyard Sound meters are now available for free on our phones. The decibel number of 85 is the level where professional conversations can happen about turning down the volume.

Noise cancelling headphones are available now. I am waiting for noise cancelling ear buds.

Albert Kaufman yeah – all well and good for the informed, but kids, teens, and most adults aren’t going to know what to do about this issue – at least I’m not seeing a huge awareness around it…

Albert Kaufman hello festival producers!!!

Albert Kaufman General Questions info@pickathon.com When emailing “info” please be patient with a reply. We’re a small staff and we receive a high volume of email every day.

Diyo McIlhatton A friend saw Ed Sheeran at Moda center the other night. He said it was very loud too.

Jack Baikoff I got myself a pair of special earplugs that are designed to not distort the music. They are somewhat pricey but are well worth it.

Eric Fair-Layman What kind?

Eric Fair-Layman I agree Albert although I am so used to it I didn’t think about it. Thanks for bringing this up. I also agree that it is a great festival otherwise.

Erin Townsend Thank you, Albert– i didnt go this year after volunteering the last 6. last year i left in a terrible mood Sunday night from anxiety caused by over stumilation that afternoon. There is now nowhere to get away to for a moment and escape the noise. when Ty Segall played mainstage last year on Sunday afternoon it was so loud i could still hear it from the Galaxy Barn beer garden. i could hear both bands at once and couldn’t focus on anything. people kept looking at me like i was crazy but it was TOO LOUD.

Albert Kaufman Agreed. General Questions info@pickathon.com When emailing “info” please be patient with a reply. We’re a small staff and we receive a high volume of email every day.

 

8.24.17 – I’ve shared my concerns with Pickathon and they seem to have heard me. I’ve also picked up some ear protection at Trade Up Music which I brought to the Beloved Festival and that seemed to make a difference.

 

The Beloved Festival

Beloved Festival 2010. Welcome.

When the moon is in the seventh house
and jupiter aligns with mars
The peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars
this is the dawning of the age of aquarius

I thought I’d do a little write-up of my visit to the best Festival experience I’ve ever had – The Beloved Festival, known on their website http://www.belovedfestival.com/ as Oregon Open Air Art and Music Festival which is held every year near Alsea, Oregon about 2.5 hours SW of Portland, Oregon, USA.

I thought I’d do this in a way that would be fun for me.  I picked up a lot of business cards, postcards and knickknacks all weekend, so I’ll pull one out at a time from my backpack and talk about it and share it with you.  And then there will be a nifty slide-show of photos taken by friends at the bottom of this posting.  Sound good? OK, let’s go!

1. Art by Adam Scott Miller – http://www.adamscottmiller.com – Adam’s art was featured in a large white tent with a sand floor.  Well-lit, and beautiful, the tent was a place to wander any hour of the day or night and see some very inspiring images.  I’d recommend a visit to Adam’s website for more adventuring in the world of imagery.  Then there was all of the other art at the festival – from the incredible nature installations done by Nature, Dandelion and many others (see photos), to the stage draped with beautiful orange and red fabric by Gregory and the Guildworks team, to live painting happening by the stage all weekend and jewelry by the vendors and face-painting and henna done to all who sought that out.  Pretty pretty pretty!  btw, the wristlet I got is so beautiful, I’ve decided to leave it on for a while – nice touch!

2. Dance in Seattle?  Euphoria: A Dance Odyssey: Every Tues. night, call Franklin for more info 206-406-7283.  Yes, Franklin was there, as were many members of the various ecstatic and contact dance communities which made the dance floor in front of the stage such a great place to be.  I also had a visit with Michael Suzaris and Jenny Pell (presented on permaculture at the festival  http://www.permaculturenow.com ) on their way back to Seattle.  Michael has gotten an interesting events space up and running on the north end of Lake Union called OmCulture which also hosts dance and other events.  http://www.omculture.com/ – PDX Ecstatic Dance?  http://www.pdxecstaticdance.com/GenesaGenesa Crystal, installation by Ansula

3. Bright Earth Foods.  Super Foods for Super Humans! Yum.  So, there was a guy set up on the hill by the tasty food vendors with a set up selling Noni shots.  Noni, not sure what it is, but it’s certainly good for you, and you could buy a small glass for $1 or a glass with blue-green algae in it for $2.  Their website is http://www.brightearthfoods.com – I’m looking forward to getting myself some wizard paste soon!  There’s a longer story about that goodness (we call it hippie crack around these parts) from Beloved #1, perhaps for another day.

4. Music to listen to this note by?  I suggest the Beloved music player on their website.  A quite nice selection from Beloved’s past.  Also, the slide-show on their site done by local photographer and all-time hot DJ, Raku Loren, is worth watching 🙂  Raku’s also DJ’ing this Sunday at the Village Ballroom sunday dance @ 10:30am – 7th and Dekum, NE in PDX.  B There.

5. Some stickers from Onanya These folks are doing something very right.  I saw them at a previous Beloved festival.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/onanya They say about themselves: “Our work is a collaboration between a Shipibo community of the Peruvian Amazon and us. Our clothing designs become the canvas of their magical patterns. Together we bring you a One of a Kind Piece of wearable art. This work is created while we are together in the village.”  Yep, like that 🙂

6. Ongoing Classes and Events: The Sacred Muse, The Evolutionary Priestess, the Inner Alchemy of Evolution http://www.thelivingchalice.com – lovely photo of a hummingbird feeding on this card, though website does not seem to be working. Folks in Fairview, OR

7. More clothes and beautiful people @ Naga Designs, Felt Creations!  I spent a lovely Thursday afternoon wiling away a couple hours in the sky chairs next to Alani Klein’s booth.  She and her friend came down from Courteney, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada to share their beautiful felt creations.  More @ http://www.nagadesigns.com

8. Give Peace a Dance!  Peace Village Saturday Late Nite After-Party – Organik Time Machine, Cornflower & Special Guests – Ashland, August 21st @ Cultureworks  $10.  http://www.peacevillagefestival.org and http://www.culture-works.net

9. http://autumnskyemorrison.com/ – the paintings of Autumn Skye Morrison who was doing live painting near the stage.  This painting was displayed all weekend:

10.  Nemo.  The art of Nemo Boko!  I met Nemo on Wens. night while he and his girlfriend were busy setting up the office side of the art tent.  Nemo’s site is http://www.nemo.org – for psychonauts and curious minds 🙂  Go, Nemo, Go!

11. My eleventh year at Burning Man.  Camp 11:11 3:15 & F.  My newsletter, The Eleven – sign up @ http://albertideation.com

12. 1st & 3rd Thursday night Gong Meditation in Portland with John Reinscreiber!  http://shamanicvibrations.com – “…let the voices of the gongs carry you to a place of timeless peace and solitude”  I have been to this event and John does an excellent job taking everyone deep with his gongs and sound healing.  He also has led sound healing for the Beloved Festival for the past two years, and he’ll be speaking tomorrow @ Our Community University @ my house!  Details @ http://albertideation.com/2010/07/31/ocu2/

Beloved was lovely in so many ways. People showing themselves, opening, learning, growing, being their beautiful, smart and courageous selves.  Kindness ran wild.  Great food, smart people, inspiring music, creativity, children, elders, white, black, and perfect weather in a lovely forest setting.  Thank you to the organizers and the many volunteers that made it possible!  I hope to live my life in a way that is more like what I experienced this past weekend as much as possible.

13. Third Eye Pinecones, Amulets and Adornments, Carl Weiseth, Santa Cruz, CA – http://www.conesandstones.com – these folks had a necklace that you’ll probably see a lot around town.  Very very lovely.  looks like this:

14. http://r3xx.net/ – Transformative Media Inspiring Minds.  Now, I want a tagline like that 🙂  These must have been the folks in the art tent who were displaying an interesting selection of books and videos and the like.  Nemo, hello, you must be affiliated with these folks….

  • Psychedelic Art
  • Visionary Music
  • Illuminating Books
  • subversive comics
  • delicious edibles
  • bizarre stickers
  • radical clothing
  • triply holograms – oh yes, they had some very interesting ones of those….

15. Stevee Postman – http://stevee.com – There was a large painting done by this artist, and I have a feeling there was other work around by him, as well.  Quite an image gallery @ http://stevee.com/gallery-01.html

16. Shivoso.  Pause.  Another Pause.  The best talk on tantra that I’ve ever heard.  Delivered in the purple temple to a very rapt audience.  Great Q&A afterwards.  I’ve already sent an email connecting Shivoso, recently arrived from CA to PDX, to various leaders in tantric arts here in town and hope to learn more from him.  http://intimacyarts.com : from his website: “I want to share with you new ways of being in relationship. There is a huge change coming on in the realm of intimate connections and many people are finding it challenging to navigate through the shifting fields. Many of us are trying alternative ways of being in relationships, such as polyamory, same gender, open, polyfidelity and variations in monogamous relationships, and there is a need to support these different choices. I have found a common ground for all these relationship styles that is rooted in the psychology and energetics of being human.”

17. http://www.altaryourreality.com – ah, Trinity and the folks who brought the two incredible temples, featured prominently in the pics on this slideshow and at the festival. These were where the Lovetribe‘s Cosmic Temple of Love and the Purple Temple were.  Both delicious!  OK, I could probably use some more adjectives.  Lovely.  Plush.  Soft.  Purposeful.  Watch the video here to see how these temples come together.  Thanks, Trinity!

18. Kyer Wiltshire Photography.  Funny how a business card sometimes can just look so normal.  Weddings, events, portrait, commercial, and the biggest picture book about West Coast Festival Culture in existence.  His photos were being shown as a slide show on the side of the big white tent a few nights running, and Kyer could be seen shooting photos all weekend long.  From his website: “Kyer has expanded his creative talents photographing erotic fire dancing, aerial dance, fire dancing with Phoenix Rising, Nocturnal Sunshine, LuminEssence along with many talented performers such as international magician Jeff McBride, Heavy Hips Belly Dance, Mir and Company Aerial Dance, Xeno, Mutaytor, El Circo, Apsara Dance, Mystic Family Circus, Living Tarot, Living Folklore, Yoga Motion and Cirque du Soleil. Kyer published his beautiful outdoor nude yoga photos in the Sacred Form Yoga 2005 and 2006 calendars.”  Yep, like that.

floating lotus
19. Oh Krishna, it’s Ali’s turn.  You know, the Floating Lotus, Sacred Massage Temple on Water.  I helped Ali put his water temple together – the design of the lotus is so clever.  Whoever designed it really did a beautiful job, and the end result is magical.  Ali told me that he has only used the floating platform @ Beloved.  Contact him and bring him elsewhere, I’m sure he’d love it.  So will you.  Hi Ali!  Thanks for the watermelon!  http://www.floating-lotus.org

20. Back to food. http://krishnakitchen.org – yum, yum, yum, and more yum.  Fresh coconuts?  Raw organic vegan prasadam.  Thank you for staying open late, folks.

21. Catalyst for Fun Hot Tips: http://www.catalystforfun.com – Amanda Winters, Funtrepreneur, crowd rouser and social worker.  Amanda did a wonderful job throughout the festival rousing us to greater heights.  And, she’s just moved to Portland, how lucky we are!

 

22.  One Oasis Credito – Redeemable for 1 Shower or 1 Sauna.  Manoj got my other one 🙂  Well, this is a longer story than I have time for right now, but suffice it to say that the Oasis is where one goes for a shower and sauna @ Beloved, and other places in the PNW.  Here is how to find them on FB.

23. HealthForce Nutritionals – Vital Healing Botanicals – http://www.healthforce.com – these folks were part of the food vendor crew which also included some great coffee, Kava, middle eastern food, Coconut Bliss, etc.  Yum, and thanks for keeping it delicious and nutritious!

24.  The music – oh my, I’m about done.  The music was fantastic.  All the performers can be found on the Beloved website, as can all the workshop presenters and other Gods and Goddesses.  Musically, Gaudi stood out for me, but I loved much of what was offered.

Thanks to my great Gazebo campmates for creating a great place to come home to, and for everyone who put this festival on.  Until next year,  Om nama shivaya!

Albert

PS – 5.25.14 – They’re still alive and kicking! Go, Beloved!

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