Speakers & Workshops
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Wavy Gravy, the magical Court Jester of the Counter Culture, still quests to make "doing good" fashionable in the 90's. In the words of Ram Dass, "This wise clown of compassion is a genuine mahatma of the Cosmic Giggle." He has an uncanny ability to connect with people, and he has combined clowning and service into fine art. Founding father of the still-thriving Hog Farm Commune, one of the stars of the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Merry Prankster, he's master of ceremonies everywhere - including Woodstock I and II, where he ended up running the medical tent. He went to Children's Hospital every day for seven years, cheering up terminally ill children.
Now Wavy organizes FUNdraisers for the visionary SEVA foundation, which is dedicated to ending preventable blindness and other good works. He is founder and director of Camp Winnarainbow, author of Something Good For A Change, and mastermind of the "Nobody for President" campaign. Comic satirist Paul Krassner calls Wavy Gravy "the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa".
Paul Krassner is a founder of the Yippies and an original Merry Prankster, and is known as a journalist, a Zen satirist, and the man who guided Groucho Marx on his first acid trip. As the publisher of the legendary magazine The Realist, Paul has been called the Father of the Underground Press (though he immediately demanded a blood test), and is one of the best minds of his generation to be destroyed by madness! In response to the F.B.I.'s classification of him as a "raving, unconfined nut", George Carlin said, "The F.B.I. was right. This man is dangerous... and funny... and necessary."
Diana L. Paxson is a consecrated Priestess of the Fellowship of the Spiral Path and an Elder of the Covenant of the Goddess and the Ring of Troth, whose journal, IDUNNA, she is now editing. Diana is the author of numerous mythic short stories and novels featuring the Old Religion, most recently The Lord of Horses, and is working on an Arthurian novel to be titled Hallowed Isle.
Olvardil Prydwyn is a talented recording artist and performer of Pagan music, skilled in a variety of traditional instruments including voice, harp, cittern, guitar, lute, mandolin and flutes. He holds an M.A. in Celtic Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and is working on his PhD in Celtic Languages and Literature at Harvard University.
Halim El-Dabh is a Professor Emeritus of African Ethno-Musicology from Kent State University. He has travelled the world on projects by such organizations as the Smithsonian Institute, studying and participating in the music of tribal cultures. Originally from Egypt, Halim is an experienced drummer and performer on a wide variety of authentic African musical instruments and on keyboard. He has composed music for the sound/light show for the Great Pyramid of Egypt and for several operas around the world, and was a pioneer in electronic music.
This improvisational call & response musical experience will combine traditional African elements, expanding into creative composition using percussion, chant, and whatever instruments become available from the WinterStar participants and performers. Halim's talents and formal training in African dance, drumming, and song combined with his playful and joyous approach to sharing music and spirit will make this a very special experience for us all.
Ian Corrigan is one of the finest bards of the modern Pagan movement. He has been performing songs of the British Isles and Neo-Paganism for over 20 years, and his music and poetry have delighted audiences at A.C.E. events and Pagan festivals across the U.S.A. and Canada. His extensive Magical scholarship, his talents on guitar, drum and penny-whistle, and his deep, rich vocals are an unmatched blend in the music of the ongoing Bardic tradition.
Ken "Bleepo" 'Bill Kates' Abernathy is a certified SubGenius Radio Pagan, raised in the woods of Lower Westchester county, NY by his dog Flapjack and his understanding parents, Edith and Victor. Bill creates "promos", radio spots and comedy theatre pieces for major market radio, and does sound for films and theatre. He is a contributing writer for High Times Magazine and appears on the air with High Times Radio. He collects horrible music and bad videotapes, and is well known as a field tester of new rodent species.
Rev. Ken "Bleepo" Abernathy of the Church of the SubGenius (Praise Bob!), joins an unknown number of SubGenius Ranters & Ravers in a party of Apocalyptic proportions, as the pavilion explodes into mind-warping weirdness and Too Much Fun! A Dobbs Approved Event! Look for Princess We-R-Doe (Queen of All the U.F.O.'s), Lonesome Cowboy Dave, Jesus Devilaqua, Rev. Stymie deBergerac, and more! (Go ahead. Look for them. Ha!)
Madonna Moonhawk has traveled the spiritual paths of the Goddess, Native American (Lakota traditions), and the Sufi Order for over twenty years. Moonhawk has an established private massotherapy practice in Akron, Oh. A Licensed Massotherapist, her work incorporates the healing techniques of Reflexology, Shiatsu, Deep Muscle Therapy (Swedish), Reiki II, Aromatherapy, and Sound Vibrational Healing. She is curently pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy Assistantship.
Joseph Rothenberg, R.N. is a Registered Nurse, an Ohio licensed professional counselor, and a bio-feedback technician. He holds degrees in Psychology and Political Science from Case Western Reserve University. A Co-Director and founder of ACE (and the Chameleon Club), Joseph has studied and presented workshops for over 17 years.
Chas Smith holds a Master's Degree in Music from Cleveland State University, where his class Roots of Rock and Soul is the largest-attendance class offered (over 200 each quarter). His studies focus on composition, ethnomusic and electro-acoustics, and he has also given a lecture series for the Cleveland Clinic advocating alternative ideas in music therapy. He directs and plays keyboards for Einstein's Secret Orchestra, and has programmed ESO Swamp Radio at WCSB 89.3 FM in Cleveland since 1987.
Donna Boswell MM, MLT holds both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music, and has sung with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, the Blossom Festival Chorus, the Annapolis Opera, and in a special appearance for the consecration of the Bishop of the State of Wyoming. A long time Chameleon, and organizer of Healers Row and First Aid for the Starwood Festival, Donna led the Chameleon Madrigals in it's early years. She has studied Soul Travel with Evan Pritchard, Magic with Ian Corrigan, was initiated by Isaac Bonewits, and is an initiate of the Chet Cabal.
Joy Wedmedyk is a minister, drummaker, visionary and artist in ritual ceremonies of the Heart. Joy is a member of the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge, a co-founder of Earth Rhythm Workshops, and has taught throughout the Midwest. With storytelling, meditation, group sharing and ceremony she creates a safe and sacred space in her workshops, giving each participant the opportunity to connect to their ownpersonal mythology and their own source of healing.
Diana McFadden has been interested in community living and cooperation for most of her life, and has visited several intentional communities over the years. She is concerned about the perils of competition in society, and its damaging effects on communities and individuals. Diana has a B.A. in Political Science, and currently makes her living as a professional musician with Green Crown.
Einstein's Secret Orchestra is a Cleveland-based Psychedelic Cosmic-Blues Space-Band, with music of multiple influences reminiscent of early Pink Floyd. The ESO Experience in right-brain communication break-down is now accessable to the starwood community... spend the Night in the Swamp! Members include Chas Smith on keyboards and Theremin, Michele George on electric violin, Lonesome Cowboy Dave DeLuca on guitar, and Bob Mosic on drums.
Green Crown weaves an eclectic range of influences into an acoustic tapestry all their own, with a strong Celtic and Neo-Pagan base. Inspired by a deep reverence for the Earth, as well as for the legacies of the ancestors, traditional and original material is joined seemlessly in expression of a vision which is at once ancient as the forests, and fresh as this morning's dream. The core members are Vocalist/Harpist Olvardil Prydwyn, who also plays guitar, lute, cittern, mandolin and wind instruments, and Cellist Diana McFadden, also a player of guitar, cittern and mandolin. They are joined by Jim Barleycorn Brewster (percussion, whistles, mandolin, fiddle & guitar).
The Firesign Clones is an impromptu radio theatre group which attempts to recreate the performances of 60s-70s comedy theatre stars Firesign Theatre. Composed of Chameleon Club members and friends, with a good dose of SubGeniuses, they will present the classic radio-play parody "The Further Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye".