I am finally getting around to writing in my blog, and I would like to start by saying thank you. Thank you to everybody who was involved in the production of Faeriefest 2014. This was a very special year because even though everybody involved had their own share of projects and challenges, they still came together and helped create a celebration of magic, music, myth, and art. It shows that Faeriefest is truly a labor of love, created by friends we have met through our many adventures.
A few of the Faeriefest staff and cast. From left to right, Peter Withers, Sarah Solano, Anthony Richmond, Lady Kai (Janelle Richmond), Clau Orona, Wotan the Faeriesmasher (Eric Pope) Waura (Aurora Miller), Seth Hudson, Kiki Kerosene (Erika Petra, Carlyle Johnston, and Liliana Johnston. Photo by Mother Bird (Sheila Tanksley).
Thank you to our fiscal sponsor, Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, and to The Valley Foundation for their financial support.
A very special thanks goes to Eric Pope and Aurora Miller, better known as Wotan and Waura the Faeriesmashers! They did a wonderful job entertaining the crowds, and even volunteered to help us set up the festival the night before. Thank you for flying all the way from Seattle to join us! We love you!
Thanks also to Robert Seutter, AKA True Thomas the Storyteller. For being a wonderful faerie-lore consultant, for running a fantastic Faerielore trivia game, helping during set up and tear down, and overall helping make this festival the best yet!
Make sure you check out his website, www.truethomas.com
BTW, he plays a wonderful Santa Claus! Make sure to hit him up for the upcoming holiday season!
We also want to thank the following business and individuals that helped us make this festival happen:
Karen Black- For the support and encouragement
Cathy Cecil- For the support, and coming down to help us at the park and workshop! Love you Nana!
Ginger and Jim Cleland- For their support and encouragement.
City of Solvang Public Works- For their guidance, and for allowing us to have a faetastic event!
Jess Puccini from Starwood Arts- For the beautiful poster and cards
Solvang Trolley Ice Cream Parlor- For the ice cream and frozen bars, fudge, and much needed water and ice!
Sal Sr, Sal Jr, and Lorena Orona- For the errand running, support, go-for-ing, love, and patience. It's not easy being related to a faerie. Love you.
Jared Frost, Nikki Stark, Kristen McCauley, Brianna Kukawski, and Melissa Quintero- For running the ice cream and merch/ticketing table, and for helping us during cleanup. You are all faetastic!
Tricia Corman- For doing a marvelous job running the bounce house!
Michael Hudson from Graphic Systems- for Printing
Sarah Solano, Lauren Graff, Freya Kargard, Alaina Murphy, and Michael Solano- For running a wonderful face-painting booth. Special thanks to Sarah for helping us set up the night before, for driving our guest artists Wotan and Waura, and for picking up the faerie bunnies!
Fairy Whisper-For your help with the tea party, and for coming to play with us.
Sam and Sheila Tanksley - For bringing a wonderful environment and button-making workshop!
Anthony Richmond- For lending us the power generator.
Tim Keaty from City of Solvang- For helping us the day of the event, and helping us make sure all the setup when smoothly. We love you Tim!
RJ Seutter- For being a wonderful stage manager, and minion.
Roger and Chelle Hendrix- For providing a fabulous sound system.
Jennifer Ellenbrook- For being our sound technician, and a wonderful backstage support!
Ken Volok- For producing our faebulous kickstarter video!
Janelle Richmond and Erika Petra- For being wonderful mermaids and helping with setup and teardown.
To Carlyle and Liliana Johnston, and Alicia Cordero- For making sure the tea party ran smoothly, and for helping spread fliers all over Santa Barbara!
To Jamie Martinez and The Right Gift- For the fabulous costume contest prices, and for coordinating all the vendors the day of the event! Thank you Jamie!
Krischana Thompson, Paul Derr Drake, Violet Bast, Krystal Freedom, Devon Zahn, Jeanie Shelley, Theresa Reilly, Richard O'Steen, Victoria Sazani, Amy Harway, Peter Withers, Robert Black, Mateo Gonzalez, and Michael Pimentel- For Volunteering their time and energy for the making of this event!
To our wonderful performers:
Windows to Sky
Autumn Phillips and her aerial art troupe
Kat D Hoops and her hooping troupe
And to our Faetastic vendors!
The Artistic Pony Studio www.theartisticpony.com
Abuelita's Mexican Kitchen
Tower Pizza http://towerpizzasolvang.com/
Stanley and Renee Zadesny www.srzales.com
Sue Merrick- Fantasy Glen
Diana Levin- Gypsy Ghouls www.dianalevinart.com
Karen Black- Celtic Dreams www.jewelry-by-karen.com
Alexandra Bunch- www.artbyalexbunch.com
Tamara Jones- Mystical Apothecary www.themysticalapothecary.com
Darren J. Campbell- Dreaming Phoenix www.etsy.com/shop/thedreamingphoenix
Debra Mayer- Tranquil Village www.karenyeefineart.com
Heather Aguilera- Fairy Light http://angelitehealing.upweb.com
Deidre Cherry- LithaWorld www.lithaworld.com
Candace M. Vosburg- Candy's Dragons
Kelly Moore- Glamour Party Girls www.glamourpartygirls.com
Michelle Van Fleet- Faery Mysterium www.faerymysterium.com
Lisa R. Jay- Love Elements
A very special thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers for making this possible:
Serena Elsenoussi, Cat Ellen, MountainMadCat, Evi Jacobs, Alyssa Hadfield, Melissa Olson, Robyn Berry, Katie Ellis, Marites, Susan Sparling, Seth, Mick Cotten, Jill Mccutcheon, Karen Graf, Dawn Burley, Denise Anthony, Greg Vaughan, Karen Black, Hannah K. Alvarez, Gregory Ruddick, Alan Needham, Brianna Kukawski, Katie Cameron, Ruth Cook, Randy Moore, Megan Moore, Jazz Hager, Irina Malkmus, Katelyn Carano, Kelly Ellis, Javier Ortiz, Erin Landriz, Patricia Bauer, Jim Wolf, Katie Furman, Kat Elliot, Rosemary Sageflower, Susan E. Gomez, Darcie Barnes, Julie Vance, Casandra Groeneveld, Dianna Bayhylle, Alexandra Haines, Sean Geragthy, Matt Fowler, Marika Withers, Robert Bernstein, Jonathan, MILK PUNCH games, Matt Barnett, Amy Harway, Eric Brian Seuthe II, Norel Pref, Linzy Allen, Megan Lent and Birtu Belete, Valley Dance and Arts Alliance, Boscutti Ballet Theatre, Jess Starwood Puccini, Miranda Lawry, Amy Wolf, Caitlin Boeing, Heather Barber, Andrea Austin, Theresa Strong, True Thomas, Jackie Gotchal, Designs in Gold, and Renatellie Muncer.