Dreamscape Festival @ Ramblewood
May 8 – May 10 all-day
“We invite you to gather in a land where fantasy & reality are fused together by two days of EDM across 3 stages, visionary art and intense theatrical performances.”– free camping – pool on site w/ day-time pool parties – fantasy decorations throughout the campgrounds – brilliant stage & lighting designs – daytime activities – patron-organized theme camps – daily and nightly circus, fire and aerial entertainment – art installations
Lightning in a Bottle @ san antonio reservoir
May 21 – May 25 all-day
Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) is a transformational festival in the Central Coast region of California presented by The Do LaB. The Do LaB seeks to promote sustainability, social cohesion, personal health, and creative expression. Lightning in a Bottle is an eclectic mix of music, art, and culture. In addition to music performances, the event also features guest speakers, visual and interactive art installations, yoga classes, group meditation, and other attractions.
Summercamp Festival @ Three Sisters Park
May 22 – May 24 all-day
The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 20,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 4 days.
Mysteryland 2015 @ Bethal Woods
May 22 – May 25 all-day
From the promoter: Each year, Mysteryland sets up camp on beautiful grounds around the globe – from the lush green fields of Holland to the mountainous town of Picarquín, Chile. Our next stop is the home of the legendary ’69 Woodstock – Bethel Woods, New York. Since 1994, we have hosted a multisensory festival that draws creative, electronic-music-loving tastemakers from around the world. We take pride in throwing a memorable party by bringing both internationally renowned and kick ass up-and-coming artists to multiple stages. We truly look forward to providing you and your friends with a culturally immersive and engaging experience at the second edition of Mysteryland USA in Bethel Woods! Although we do appreciate an amazing party (obviously, right?), Mysteryland is based on a strong philosophy. We call this philosophy our Festival Footprint. It’s highly important to us that we organize our festival in a sustainable way by relying on local participation and interaction. Our rapt attention is on the surroundings and community – as well as sustainable projects – during and after the festival. Be friendly to nature, be friendly to the people around you – it was part of the mantra of ‘69 Woodstock and this permeates into the ideology of our Festival Footprint. In the past years we have made great progress in the realm of greening our event and are proud of our Industry Green certification – which we received for our sustainable efforts and involvement to date. This certification was specially developed by Julie’s Bicycle, an organization devoted to helping large events become more sustainable. It behooves us to mention the “peace, love, music” concept of Woodstock since that too is an integral part of who we are. Peace, love, and music are interwoven components at Mysteryland and we believe in giving artists of different backgrounds an opportunity to express themselves. In an effort to support the growth of the music community, we not only bring a wide variety of talent to our stages, but also artists and creative outlets from around the world to help each other evolve further. Enough about us – you can also make a big impact! Together we can enhance the world’s beauty. See you at Bethel Woods! Today Is A Gift.
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Electric Forest Festival is a four-day multi-genre event, with a focus on electronic and jam band genres, held in Rothbury, Michigan, at the Double JJ Resort. The original event was called Rothbury Festival, debuted in 2008, and focused on jam bands and rock bands. https://www.facebook.com/ElectricForest
Jul 16 – Jul 19 all-day
http://pembertonmusicfestival.com/ Pemberton Music Festival offers camping and traditional lodging in a stunning, natural setting for a festival experience unlike any other. Grab your friends and leave the world behind for a three-day celebration in Pemberton Valley full of dancing, food, friendship, and of course — the best music EVER!
Jul 17 @ 8:35 pm – Jul 19 @ 9:35 pm
ATTRACTIONS: ~ 2 FULL STAGES WITH SOME OF THE BEST DJ’S & VJ’S THE N.W. HAS TO OFFER ~ 1 FULL STAGE WITH LIVE BANDS AND SURPRISE HEADLINER ~ HIDDEN DJ’S ON A SECRET STAGE ??? “wtf” ~ BIG EARGASIMIK SOUND BY “KRAKEN SOUND” ~ SUPER BIG-BIG LAZER SHOW WITH LAZERS THAT HAVE LAZERS ~ MIND BLOWING VISUALS & LIGHTING BY “INFINITY6” & OTHERS ~ N.W. BEST PRO- DANCERS & GO GO’S ~ LIVE PERFORMANCES ~ MEGA VENDORS CORNER WITH TOP SHELF GOODIES ~ FREE ART INSTALLATIONS ~ FREE MORNING YOGA & DANCE WORKSHOPS ~ FREE GIANT SLIP-N-SLIDE ~ GIANT HUMAN HAMSTER BALL (ZORB BALL) ~ KITE FLYING BRING YOUR KITES ~ FREE HOT GIRLS-N-GUYS DUNK TANK ~ LIVE BODY PAINTING ~ 4:20 A.M. GIVE AWAYS WITH A 10MIN. SEE FROM SPACE MEGA SPECIAL VISUAL LIGHT SHOW ~ ALIEN INVASION ??? ~ FREE SECURED PARKING ALL WEEKEND LONG & MUCH MORE TBA SOON AS WE CAN THINK OF IT! DANCE WORKSHOP: ICON SLEEPYTUT MAIN HEADLINERS: *BEAR GRILLZ firepower/circle talent agency *DJ DARA breakbeat science/p.o.t.d. HEADLINERS: *QUADRANT & IRIS metalheadz *DIG-DUG *POTZ-N-PANZ LIVE *ROMAN ZAWODNY UKR/chicago jaxxx/the outer limits experience DJ’S & VJ’S IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER: *AKSION *AUREI *AZAZEL *BALLs Swing *BEAR *MC BELIEVE *B-GRADE *BUCK WILDER *BODIE *BRANDON BRITZ *CLOKWORK *CRIME.WAV *DEMETRE BACA *DESERO *DJ ANONYMOUS *DJ JINN *DIRTY DAN *DIRT MERCHANT VS KONTAGIOUS *DOUGIE DE LA FRESCA *DUNJIN *ENKI *G. DELLOUS *GiTDOWN *GOONSQUAD *IZAIAH *JAMES RENEGADE *JASON CURTIS *JC CRAZE *JESS PROPURLUV *JON AD *JOSH D & BELIEVE *JOYRIDE *JUSTIN ALIEN *KELLAN *KEONE *KIDZ WIT GUNZ *KOHEI *KLASSIK *LAND *LePHREAK *MASON ROBERTS *MAXIMUS *MENA *M-LORD *MORTAL GREY *NoCASUALTIES > < RYAN LIAR (Triage, Hollow Point) *PARALLEL *PRESSHA *PRINCESS BLACKHEART *PYROTENSE *RAY UPTOWN *REX THE GORILLA *RONIN *REALIEZ *SIMPLE NATURAL *SKY ROSE *SHRUBBERY *SKAM *SLANTTOOTH *THE MACHINE (SAM G.) *TORRENT *UNCLE SAM *VINTAGE TIME MACHINE *XANDAR deGREAT & much much more if we can think of them!!
Jul 29 – Aug 2 all-day
http://www.bigdubfestival.com/ Big Dub Candy Mountain is an annual art & music festival. Each year we bring 40 of the regions biggest electronic dance dj’s to perform as well as host workshops, seminars, and other fun events! If you have ever been to Burning Man or a regional burn, you will find a resonance in our principles, our spirit of giving, and our nonstop cycle of fun~ Workshops this year will include yoga, introduction to fire arts, aerial arts, raver crafts, object manipulation and so much more!! We also encourage people to band together and create camps that show their creativity. Pick a theme! Create a space to express yourselves and entertain others. Full art installations are also encouraged and can be arranged directly through the organizers.
Jul 31 – Aug 2 all-day
http://www.passthegoodfest.com/ A fundraiser for the Manna Food Pantries of Pensacola Pass The Good Entertainment was founded in early 2010 when we discovered our passion for LIVE music, but mostly EDM. The feeling of everyone coming together, to forget about their troubles to enjoy an amazing event with friends and strangers, no matter what background to all embrace each others company. We don’t put on shows, we put on experiences. Our goal is to make each and everyone who attends impressed with the production and talent being brought in for that special occasion.
Aug 29 – Aug 30 all-day
https://www.facebook.com/imaginemusicfestival Happening at the magnificent Historic Fourth Ward Park & Masquerade Music Park, with the city of Atlanta as it’s backdrop, Imagine is conveniently located in the heart of Atlanta and super accessible from all mass transit and the cities best hotels. When Imagine Music Festival arrives, the world’s top EDM acts, along with mind-bending cirque-style artists, will draw you in to multiple atmospheres touched with the highest quality production on the planet. Coupled with fantastic art installations, vendors and more, you are sure to be captivated all weekend long. IMF guests may choose from several different ticket options to accommodate all interests. Those seeking a more exclusive Imagine Festival experience may choose from several of our ultimate VIP packages. These VIP packages will provide multiple levels of comfort and amenities. The combination of your favorite artists, interactive entertainment, captivating art installations and so much more, will make your Imagine Festival experience one you will never forget. We look forward to bringing your imagination to life! Welcome to the Imagine Music Festival. THIS EVENT IS 18+ | 21 TO DRINK
Sep 4 – Sep 6 all-day
Good music. Good people. Good times. This is the driving philosophy behind the Backwoods Music & Camping Festival. The Labor Day Weekend event has earned the reputation of showcasing some of the best independent bands in Middle America, alongside nationally recognized artists and musicians, to create a one-of-a-kind weekend in Stroud, OK (half way between Tulsa and Oklahoma City). The beautiful landscape that surrounds the area at The Tatanka Ranch allows full access to swimming, fishing, camping, and more. VIPs enjoy access to a pool, lodge, showers, flushable toilets, special viewing areas, and more. The festival has grown immensely since first being held in 2008 and has evolved into true family-friendly event providing a welcoming atmosphere for people from every walk of life. Aside from great music, attendees can take advantage of activities such as the fire tower climb, Ferris Wheel, helicopter rides, water playground, volleyball, billiards, hoop workshops, yoga classes, interactive art installations, and a vast selection of food and shopping. The event’s producers have created a community event full of great music, art, visuals, lights, and fun. This year the festival will be celebrating its eighth year anniversary. In keeping with tradition, the festival will be even bigger and better than the last. Expect big things in 2015. We’ve got 6 musical venues this year and several acres of decorated woodlands with lights, art, installations and more. Get lost in the Nirvana Woodlands. Stop in at the SolLun, a building with a bar in the woods made from completely recycled and found materials. Find yourself again in the Meadow, an opening in the woods with music blasting from a Treehouse DJ Booth above the crowd. Cool off in the 7,000 SF air conditioned club ELEVATE for a light show even during the brightest part of the day, or swing by Motherland for the biggest acts around. The first lineup announcement boasts The Floozies as well as Keller Williams, and many other artists from around the country. Two more announcements with special “artist leaks” are coming over the next six months. Tickets are ONLY available online this year, so get them early to save. You don’t want to miss Backwoods 2015. http://backwoodsmusicfestival.com/
Bring the Bang @ Studio 20
Jan 16 – Jan 17 all-day
StoryTime Entertainment LLC. & Portland Lights All Night are proud to present: BRING THE BANG!!! A new year brings new opportunity to step your life up a notch and become the person you want to be! We’re bringing in 2016 with a BANG and want you to be a part of it. Come prepared to watch your face melt as some of Portland’s finest up-and-coming DJs bring the bang! https://www.facebook.com/events/1542705029379974/
A Funky Formal: DanceSafe’s 1st Annual FundRAGER @ The Church
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 11 @ 1:00 am
—> GET TICKETS HERE <— Join us on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 for our 1st Annual DanceSafe FundRAGER! Our vision brings the community together with the artists they love and offers space to learn and participate in workshops that excite and influence them–all while raising money to support DanceSafe! We will have workshops and panels to engage attendees in daytime activities, transforming the venue into a celebration as the sun goes down. Thus, our FundRAGER is unique in that from 10AM – 4PM, we will be hosting various workshops including: 10:15 AM- 11:15 AM: Morning Yoga with Mollie 11:25 AM- 12:25 PM: Hip Hop Dance 1:45 PM- 2:45 PM: Poi & Fire Spinning 2:55 PM- 3:55 PM: Hula Hooping And– And NOW available to all ticket holders, from 4PM- 8:30PM, we will be hosting educational workshops and panels to provide attendees with an inside look on topics such as drug policy, drug checking, health promotion and education, stigma, and many more. 5:15 PM- 6:15 PM: Injection Drug Use and Opiate Harm Reduction + Naloxone Training 6:25 PM- 7:25 PM: Dealing with Difficult Drug-Related Experiences + Zendo Training 7:35 PM- 8:35 PM: The Drug War Causes More Harm Than Good + Tips from ‘The Festival Lawyer’ PLUS an exclusive Cocktail Hour and Meet & Greet with the DanceSafe Team + Drug Checking Demonstration Starting at 4PM! Yes, lunch and hors’ doeuvres will be provided! Finally, from 8PM – 1AM, there will performances by a variety of electronic music artists! 11PM- 12:30AM: Spankalicious 11PM- 12:30AM: Papa Skunk vs. Mass Relay 9PM- 11:30PM: Ill-esha 9PM- 11:30PM: Beak Nasty 8PM- 9:30PM: YuYu 8PM- 9:30PM: Kruser We will also have Live Painters, Vendors, Exhibitors, Silent Auction, Raffles & MORE! Come dressed to impress for our “Funky Formal” themed event, let your freak flags fly! PLEASE NOTE: If you previously purchased tickets for “Party Only,” you will now be able to enter the venue at 4PM to participate in the educational workshops/panels. Get there early and take advantage of everything we have to offer! Get your tickets while they’re hot. We have all-day tickets, music (plus PANELS) tickets, and workshops/panels only tickets available for purchase through Ticketfly. Visit- https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1041073 Tier 1: Music & Educational Workshops/Panels Only GA- $20 Tier 2: Music & Educational Workshops/Panels Only VIP- $40 Tier 3: Daytime Workshops & Educational Workshops/Panels Only- $40 Tier 4: Daytime Workshops & Educational Workshops/Panels & Music- $65 Interested in the VIP experience? Purchase tickets in advance or upgrade at the door! Our VIP Lounge is open 4PM- 1AM and includes a backstage experience at the main stage! VIP Lounge schedule: *6:30PM- 7:30PM: “Chat Concentrates!” hosted by O.Pen Vape and NORML (free swag!) *7:30PM- 10:30PM: Massage *8PM- 9PM: Meet & Greet with ill-esha *9:30PM- 10:30PM: Meet & Greet with Spankalicious *VIP Ticketholders Only As a part of the FundRAGER, there will be 10×10 spaces designed for non-profit organizations to exhibit and for vendors. Space is LIMITED! Non-Profits: Each 10×10 space includes 2 complimentary passes to the event. There is no fee for the space. However, we ask you to raise awareness about the event and invite individuals from your organizations and networks. Many of these spaces are invite-only. However, if your organization supports DanceSafe’s mission and would like the opportunity to reach the population we serve, please email Missi Wooldridge at firstname.lastname@example.org to request space and/ or for more information. Sponsors: We have sponsorship opportunities available! $500 “Supporter” $1,000 “Harm Reductionist” $2,500 “Safety Dancer” $4,000 “Workshop Warrior” $6,000 “Activist” $10,000 “Pro-Rager” Email email@example.com for full sponsorship packet. Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners for making this event possible! Naked Juice, Parabuilding, Vicente Sederberg LLC, O.pen Vape, Drug Policy Alliance, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies & Zendo Project, Harm Reduction Action Center, Festival Medical, Bus to Show, Electronic Music Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy & Amplify Project, NORML, Symmetry Massage, and The Church Nightclub!
Tipper Full Moon Gathering @ The spirit of Suwannee music park
Apr 22 – Apr 23 all-day
Tipper & Friends are pleased to present our first ever weekend event at the beautiful Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. This venue has fantastic camping and allows open flame campfires. As this is also a Full Moon Weekend, we invite everyone to ‘celebrate your inner lunar-tic’ and get a little crazy with us for a couple of nights. Featuring Tipper, Shpongle, Cut Chemist, OTT, Bogtrotter, Teebs, Sixis, Jade Cicada, Medisin, Lusine, Crunch, Evac, Selector Cleofus and Sortof Vague. A lineup you just can’t beat! DanceSafe Florida will be set up boothing, and our National Outreach Director is also speaking on the main stage about harm reduction and drug safety. http://www.tipperfullmoongathering.com/#welcome
Apr 22 – Apr 24 all-day
http://thegerminationfestival.com The Germination Festival is planting its first seed in 2016. We are trying to incorporate many generes of Music that the same type of people listen to. This will be a 3 day event on The Elderberry Farm in HartsBurg Missouri. It’s located in the bottoms down by the river. The farm is over 40 acres of woods, open fields in the beautiful Missouri outdoors. Come Join Us as we Launch the Beginning of something very Great. Hope to see you there!!
May 25 – May 30 all-day
Lightning in a Bottle is an eclectic mix of music, art, and culture. In addition to music performances, the event also features guest speakers, visual and interactive art installations, yoga classes, group meditation, and other attractions. Many attendees camp on-site. There are many opportunities available for volunteering at the event such as participating as a performing artist in the DoArt Foundation’s Lightning in a Paintcan, known as the biggest live paining event in the United States. Lighting in a Bottle is the only United States festival to win the “Outstanding Award” from A Greener Festival, five years in a row. This year’s lineup includes Chet Faker, Grimes, Big Gigantic, Lucent Dossier Experience, and many, many more. http://lightninginabottle.org/lineup/
MOVEMENT – Detroit @ Hart Plaza
May 28 – May 30 all-day
It’s here! Schedule for MovementDetroit 2016 lineup is now available. Don’t wait another minute, plan your journey, whether near or far, to the birthplace of Techno! Once again DanceSafe will be on site at Movement bringing you all your health and safety needs! See you in Detroit! https://www.facebook.com/movementdetroit
The Purple Hatters Ball @ Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Jun 17 @ 10:34 pm – Jun 19 @ 11:34 pm
The Purple Hatter’s Ball is dedicated to the memory of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman (December 17, 1984 – May 7, 2008) a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate. She was murdered while acting as a police informant during a drug sting that started on May 7, 2008. In remembering Rachel, we hope to increase awareness, inspire Confidential Informant Law reform and help our friends and family lead safer and healthier lives. http://www.purplehattersball.com/
Backwoods Music Festival @ Tatankha Ranch
Sep 2 – Sep 4 all-day
Nightmare Festival @ CAMP RAMBLEWOOD
Oct 28 – Oct 30 all-day
Nightmare Festival is known for it’s energetic, fun, loving, and respectful crowd. Those who participate in all that there is to offer tend to get the most out of their experience in comparison to those who choose to merely be a spectator. Regardless of how much you choose to participate, there are some core values that we feel all attendees should known and understand before walking in the gates: RADICAL SELF EXPRESSION: We are all unique, passionate people. There is a ﬁre that burns inside all of us… but is time to let that ﬁre out so that it shines brightly for all to see. Over the past few years, we have seen people express themselves in so many ways. Feel free to be yourself. Wear what you want. Dance how you want. Talk to who you want. You are free to give the gift of yourself to others. Just be sure to be respectful to the rights and boundaries of your recipients. RADICAL SELF RELIANCE: Discover, arrange and rely on your own resources. Preparedness is both important & sexy! “Don’t Be A D*ck” by assuming that others will take care of you. PARTICIPATION: While anyone can be a spectator, Dreamscape is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing life like you have never done before. We are all responsible for shaping an amazing experience. We do our best to remove restrictions in our events and encourage full on participation in themes, workshops, and interacting with each other. Removing hesitation and maintaining a focus on the energy around us puts us all on a uniﬁed platform, allowing for that energy to ﬂow as it may which has been entirely positive as we have seen in the past few years! LEAVE NO TRACE: We take pride in leaving venues in better condition than before we started. We expect that everyone has the sensibility to not litter, to clean up after themselves, and to respect the venues as well as the Earth. YOU (as a camper & guest on our grounds) are responsible for keeping your campsite clean at all times, packing trash out at the end of the festival, and for keeping something on hand to put your cigarette butts into so they don’t end up on the ground. GIFTING: This is the act of making someone’s day… by doing things for another without expectation of compensation or return. When possible, we throw free events to give something special to everyone. We encourage our patrons to give to each other in any way they can. It’s a great feeling to be able to pull resources together and know that we’re making a difference in people’s lives. ACCEPTANCE & INCLUSION: We all seek to be accepted for who we choose to be. We are subject to continual judgment in the outside world but you are free to express yourself and know that you will be accepted. On the other hand, you must also be accepting of the differences & choices of others and not pass judgment. We are a family built included one another and supporting each other every step of the way. RESPECT & MINDFULNESS: We are a community that is based on trust, love and understanding. Be mindful of your actions at all times to make sure that you are respecting those around you. Sometimes this can be forgotten in a party environment but it can eat away at all we work so hard for. Also remembers that all members of society expect to be treated fairly regardless of what they do or how they choose to dress (or not dress at all in some cases). Basically “Don’t Be A D*ck!” CONSENT: Be mindful about your interactions and pay attention to ensure you are not invading someone’s comfort zone. This includes anything from what you say & what you share to the act of touch. While all of these principles are exercised at all of our festivals, they are an ethos that can be taken into “real life” and applied to make the world a better, more positive place. The change must start from within you.
Apr 15 @ 6:51 pm – Apr 18 @ 7:51 pm
An intimate gathering in the sacred woods of Four Quarters Farm, The Mad Tea Party Jam offers a unique experience to bring our musical community together in an environment of pure love. Created to celebrate the anniversary of Elise and Taco, this will be their 7th wedding anniversary. The Mad Tea Party Jam will feature no overlapping sets from the best up-and-coming bands in the jam/festival music scene, visual arts, flow arts, vendors & food, costume themes, and much more.
National Cannabis Festival 2017 @ RFK Stadium Festival Grounds
Apr 22 all-day
http://nationalcannabisfestival.com/ National Cannabis Festival brings together activists, business owners and enthusiasts to celebrate the spirit of the movement while enjoying a full day of music, education sessions, wellness, art, activism, and culture. Be part of the story, follow our journey, and get ready to have some fun at the second-annual National Cannabis Festival.
Flower of Life Festival 2017 at 4Q @ Four Quarters Farm
May 18 @ 6:22 pm – May 21 @ 7:22 pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1162105493837576/ Join us for 3 Nights Of Escape, Community, Love and Music. Hosted at the Beautiful Four Quarters Farm. We pay tribute to Sacred geometry while coming together as a family to strengthen the bonds that we share with each other. Experience the magic and wonder of a weekend made with love and care at the highest renowned festival venues//sacred places in the area.
Dreamscape 2017 @ Camp Ramblewood
Jun 1 – Jun 4 all-day
Get ready for Dreamscape2017 at Camp Ramblewood in Maryland, another glorious weekend filled with good vibes, spectacular art, performers, art cars, yoga, meditation, pool parties & more! Dreamscape Family can once again sleep under the stars or rent a cabin. Whichever method, you’ll be surrounded by an enthusiastic community of campers. The grounds will have decorated walkways, glowing trees, nightly bonfires & more.
Big Dub Festival 2017 @ FOUR QUARTERS FARM
Jul 26 @ 11:27 pm – Jul 30 @ 12:27 am
Big Dub Candy Mountain is an annual art & music festival. Each year we bring 40 of the regions biggest electronic dance dj’s to perform as well as host workshops, seminars, and other fun events! If you have ever been to Burning Man or a regional burn, you will find a resonance in our principles, our spirit of giving, and our nonstop cycle of fun~ Workshops this year will include yoga, introduction to fire arts, aerial arts, raver crafts, object manipulation and so much more!! We also encourage people to band together and create camps that show their creativity. Pick a theme! Create a space to express yourselves and entertain others. Full art installations are also encouraged and can be arranged directly through the organizers.
Tipper and Friends 4321 Eclipse Party – Astral Valley @ Astral Valley
Aug 18 @ 11:25 pm – Aug 21 @ 12:25 am
Join DanceSafe, Tipper and Friends for the 4321 Eclipse Party in Astral Valley. Gravity. Pulling us to a magical place in Missouri. To a postcard pretty valley underneath a breathtaking star-scape. Where water is gifted from below, and the morning bird call serenades an appreciative heart. A valley with caves to explore, and boundless nature to behold. Where moonless nights insist human eyes admire the celestial beauty of a Universe so obviously vast it illogically invites outstretched hands hopeful of touching its grace. Just as our earth’s gravity eternally pulls the moon, we are inexorably drawn to Astral Valley. In contemplation of the curation for this event, there was a certainty our theme for the weekend would celebrate the land beneath our feet, grateful for the opportunity to honor our presence thereon. In anticipation of the Total Solar Eclipse that culminates our time together at this Music and Arts gathering, we found synergy with the emotions expressed by Mercury 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter after he orbited Earth: This planet is not terra firma. It is a delicate flower and it must be cared for. It’s lonely. It’s small. It’s isolated, and there is no resupply. And we are mistreating it. Clearly, the highest loyalty we should have is not to our own country or our own religion or our hometown or even to ourselves. It should be to, number two, the family of man, and number one, the planet at large. This is our home, and this is all we’ve got.
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