|Mayor Joe Gierlach at the Nederland Witches' Ball|
Last year, I attended the first annual Nederland Witches' Ball, and I had the opportunity to participate in a fascinating Samhain Ritual Ceremony performed by REAL WITCHES.
Seriously, these are real witches! One of them tried to divide our small mountain hamlet by casting a spell on our mayor, but as it turned out, the Comprehensive Plan, sensible zoning, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) proved to have more impact on our community than Mercury in Retrograde.
None the less, this is an experience not to be missed. It is a celebration of Samhain, a Celtic harvest festival, including music, dance, food, vendors, fortune tellers, tarot card reading, ritual. This year's theme is "Gypsy's and Travelers" and costumes are strongly encouraged, otherwise risk being turned into a newt.
Over the centuries, witchcraft practices have been widely misunderstood and distorted by christian fear, but the natural remedies and using the change of the seasons to enhance health and wellness are a fascinating educational experience.
Here are The Spooky Details:
Wednesday, October 30 – from 6:00pm - 11:00pm
At the Nederland Community Center (750 CO Hwy 72 Nederland, CO 80466)
Local favorite, Gipsy Moon will be playing.
$15 cover charge at the door.
The event is open to the unsuspecting public. Here is a link to the Facebook event invite.
You can also visit the Nederland Witches' Ball FB Page for more fun information about witches.
The event is hosted by the Five Weird Sisters, which seem to jump right out of the pages of a Harry Potter novel, but this is not Hollywood camera trickery. When the doors close and the ceremony begins, you'll be able experience first hand how it's really done. It is appropriate for teens and up (they don't normally eat children this time of year) so bring your Harry Potter enthusiast.
And thanks to our Board of Trustees' commitment to reducing light pollution, and the Dark Sky Initiative, the stars look brilliant this time of year. Personally, through the late summer and early fall, I like to watch the decent of the very bright red star, Antares, (known as the heart of the scorpion) in the southern horizon. Mercury is in retrograde, so it will not be a problem celebrating with our community at this autumn festival.
[Here is a Video Valediction] This is Nederland local band, Gypsy Moon performing What Remains in a gondola above Telluride. [What is a Video Valediction?]