A Feast of Lights
Finding Light and Hope in the Midst of Darkness
February 10 – 12, 2017 (Dates in 2018: Feb 2-4 )
At the season of the Celtic festival of Imbolg or midwinter, when the cold is deepest, A Feast of Lights is a time to gather to rekindle our fires, to find warmth in community and tap into the strength of the returning light. This winter, more than ever, we need the promise of that small flame in the darkness, and so we will stir together a rich community with a wonderful collection of teachers, performers, artists, and merchants. Together, we will kindle the fire within to nourish our spirits and minds through the dark of winter and the challenges to come.
This very special weekend is a time to celebrate with and learn from each other, a time to find power – in the old traditions, in creative and artistic expression, and in vibrant discussion and planning direction for the coming year. Come to make music, listen, learn, dance, shop, laugh, reflect, and enjoy warm company. Come to look toward the future, to think and to make plans. As we share with one another, and support one another, we can feel the spark of life, hidden deep beneath the snows of winter, begin to glow warm within our hearts.
Features include: The Art Salon, rituals, merchants, workshops, a clothing swap, Saturday’s plenary session: “Dancing on Uneven Ground” and The Stag King’s Masque – a masquerade feast with ritual theater and dancing.
Scheduled programs begin midday on Friday, February 10 and continue until late afternoon on Sunday, February 12
With these special events alongside the workshops, crafting, discussions and performances during the days it will be a full weekend!
full weekend registration for A Feast of Lights includes admission to daily programs and performances and the Community Room throughout the weekend, beginning at noon on Friday and ending at 4:00pm on Sunday, including a ticket to the Feast and the Stag King’s Masque.
(a Feast opt-out due to dietary restrictions may be available by special request. Email email@example.com)
- Single day registration is available each day, providing admission to the Merchant Hall, social activities, and workshops for that day only.
- Single day registration does not include a ticket for the Masque.
- Tickets for the full evening of Feast and Masque together are available in advance online or by mail in application.
- For only the Masque, tickets will be available at the door.
- You do not have to be attending the weekend to attend the Masque.
We ask for your awareness that A Feast of Lights registration is not just about attending workshops, but is about connecting with the community that grows around the gathering as well. Please register for the event if you intend to be on site for all or part of the weekend, and suggest the same to your friends.
If you can’t register for the whole weekend, consider coming for just Saturday and then participating in the Feast and the Stag King’s Masque, or coming for the Feast and the Stag king’s Masque and then registering for the day on Sunday.
Advance Registration Rates:
- Weekends, including the Stag King’s Masque $130
- Saturday single day (evening events not included): $60
- Friday or Sunday single day: $45
- Children (ages 6-16): half price of the above rates with an adult registration. Under 6 yrs. are free.
- Ticket to Saturday night’s Stag King’s Masque and Feast only: $50
- Separate tickets for the Masque are $18 ($15 in costume) and are available only at the door.
The deadline for pre-registration by mail, on-line, phone or fax is January 31, 2017.
After this time registrations will be accepted at the door at the rate of $130 but cannot include the Feast.
Refund Policy: 50% refund for requests received in writing before January 15, 2017.
NO refunds after that date
Online Registration Instructions:
To register online, click the link below and complete a separate registration form for each adult attending. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with your registration number.
Online payment options are: credit card (via PayPal), check, or money order. If you choose PayPal, you’ll be taken to the secure PayPal site at the appropriate time in the registration process.
You may also mail in your registration
If you are mailing in your payment, please include your registration number with your check or money order.
To pay for more than one registration:
- With PayPal, make a separate payment with each registration form.
- With check or money order, you may combine payments. Please write all relevant registration numbers on the check.
All registrations and full payment must be received by January 31 to:
P.O. Box 340
Williamsburg, MA 01096
phone: 413-238-4240, fax: 413-238-7785
If you have questions about registration, additions, changes, or cancellations, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call our office if you have questions. Our website will be updated with program information as it becomes available.
We look forward to seeing you at this midwinter celebration of spirit, hope, community, and the arts
Come join in this community celebration at the time of the ancient Celtic midwinter feast of Imbolg.
Both adults and children find a great variety of exciting programs at A Feast of Lights.
Workshops: Workshops: Handcrafts, Pagan traditions: Strega, Greek, Heathen, Scottish, Norse and more, Activism from a spiritual base, Healing techniques, Astrology, Tarot, Faery Seership, Family programs and more!
Arts: Art Exhibit and Salon, Sacred Dance, Concerts, Drumming, Community singing and dance, Ritual Theater, Storytelling
Rituals: Healing, Seasonal
Merchants: Jewelry, clothing, massage, natural remedies, drums, books, music, ornaments and crafts
The Art Salon:
The Art Salons an exhibition and discussion featuring visual artwork connected to the artists’ spirituality. Pieces by several well-known artists, including Martin Bridge, Kate Greenough and Jesse Massaro, will be shown and discussed in addition to participant contributions. (Contact email@example.com to participate.)
The Stag King’s Masque and Feast:
The Stag King’s Masque is a celebratory journey into another realm.
With a masquerade dance and ritual, we travel into the forest at night to the court of the Stag King, where we join the creatures of the Otherworld at midwinter to revel and celebrate the darkest time of the year.
Please come in a wintry costume to immerse yourself in the magic of the Stag King’s court.
The evening will feature music from Kidimandi and live painting with Martin Bridge, Jesse Massaro and other artists.
The dancing is preceded by a Feast with music and merriment featuring some of our best community musicians including Will and Lynn Rowan, Donovan and Isobel Arthen, Sam Long and Sarah Stockwell Arthen with her troupe of Wassailers!
The meal will include vegetarian and gluten-free options.
- A Feast of Lights full weekend registration includes the Feast and the Masque.
- Tickets for the Feast and Masque are $50 and are available in advance online or by mail in application.
- Tickets at the door for the Masque only will be $18, (or $15 if you come in seasonal costume! ) will be available at the door at 9pm
- The Community Room and Merchant Hall will be open to all on Saturday night before the Feast – from 5:30 – 7pm.
Community Clothing Swap:
This Saturday afternoon event has become a real favorite. Bring the nice things you no longer wear and watch someone’s excitement when they find them. Discover something wonderful for yourself or a friend!
This year we will have a special series of workshops and conversations about how to take values-based action in the world, standing firmly in our earth-centered and pagan spirituality. Discussions about engagement with the issues of environment, diversity / social justice and choices will be a thread in which anyone interested may participate.
Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center
We have a special reduced rate of $102 per single or double room with $10 additional for each additional person. When you register online, you will receive instructions about how to use a group code to reserve your discounted room online.
If you register on paper, you may also call the hotel directly to reserve your room and let them know you are with A Feast of Lights. The cut off date for this special price is January 20, 2017, and there will be others at the hotel that weekend, so to be sure of a room it is best to register and reserve as soon as possible.
The hotel is a wonderful space for us, and one in which we can grow over time. It is on a lake and has outdoor space, including a firepit, that we can use. There is an indoor pool, many accommodating meeting spaces, restaurants that are open for all meals, and a great Merchant Room.