A C E presents: winterstar 21 :: magic on the edge...
february 26-29, 2004 :: atwood lake resort, dellroy, oh


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Jay Stevens is a novelist, historian, and journalist with a special interest in states of consciousness. He is the author of Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream and co-author of Drumming at the Edge of Magic and Planet Drum, with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart. He lives most of the year on a farm in Vermont, where he writes and continues the alchemical family tradition of making maple syrup.
Burning Down The House: Ten Narratives, a companion volume to Storming Heaven, is on its way to the publishers. A third work, 8 Edge Essays: Consciousness Wars & the Mutating Bodies of Modernity, parts of which were auditioned at previous Starwoods, finishes up his series of historical meditations on the 60s.

Intentional Keiretsu/Marginal Incubators
The Sixties Under Our Skin

John Coughlin is author of the book Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magick and is Editor of the NYC Pagan Resource Guide. He has been working within various aspects of "the occult" and paganism since the early 1980's. Also associated with the gothic subculture, John has developed a unique and personal perspective on paganism and magic. Most of his projects are based on the internet and include the Gothic and Pagan Personals, Corporate Goth, Gothic Guide to Nail Care, and his ongoing research into the history and evolution of Wiccan ethics. More information on John Coughlin, his websites, and his work can be found on waningmoon.com.

Dark What?
The Shadow: Taming the Monster Within

Taylor Ellwood is currently and madly pursuing his PH.D degree in Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice. While doing that he is also writing and editing full time. He has published numerous articles on the occult and is still continuing to do so. He is also working on his third book on the occult, Space/Time Magick, as well as a super hero novel and a series of occult detective stories. His first co-written book Creating Magickal Entities was published in September 2003. His second book Pop Culture Magick will be published by Immanion press in 2004. He is currently working on a third book on space/time magick. Articles published include: "Enjoying the Darkness" in Goat and Candle magazine & New Witch Magazine "Invoking Buffy" in issue #4 of 2003.

Pop Culture Magic
Space/Time Magic and Sigil Work

Jim Donovan was seven years old when he received a small drum made of a recycled coffee can from his grandmother and heard in it an eternal calling, a path to the rest of his life. He devoted himself to walking its terrain. The primitive howl he heard in that coffee can was evolving into a divine whisper, one that sent him into the University of Pittsburgh's classical music program and into the waiting arms of those musicians with whom he would create Rusted Root.
By 1998, Jim had reached a level of mastery that compelled him to share what he'd learned about the healing power of rhythm. This belief led him to an idea he had been developing since 1994 entitled Indigo: Music for Exploration and Evolution. This is an extended piece of repetitious hypnotic music, which listeners could use directly for spiritual exploration, a catalyst for altering consciousness to assist meditation and relaxation. In 1999 he recorded drums on Live from Earth, a CD by Triloka label mate and co-founder Krishna Das.

Interactive Rhythmn & Drumming Experience (II)

Zimra (Anne Delekta) has been performing and teaching dances of the Middle East for more than 10 years. Her studies include ethnic dance styles from North and West Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Spain, India, Central Asia and the Persian Gulf. As an anthropologist, her dancing is deeply grounded in an awareness and sensitivity to the native cultures of each form and style. She resides in Columbus, Ohio, where she teaches at her private studio. She is a member of El Ritmo flamenco troupe, and occasionally performs as a guest of Firelight: Middle Eastern Images.

Belly Dance: Tribal Funk Fusion
Finding the Sex in Belly Dance

Ian Corrigan is a Chameleon, ACE organizer, and has been a teacher, writer, singer and ritualist in the Pagan movement for 25 years. Ian is a former Archdruid and Director of ADF, and is presently it's national Preceptor. A founding member and Elder of Stone Creed Grove, ADF's oldest congregation, he is author of four books on Celtic Paganism: The Portal Book , The Book of the Dragon , Grammary , and Druidheachd: Rites and Symbols of Druidry . One of the finest bards of the modern Pagan movement, Ian has been writing and 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. (Audio recordings and books by Ian are available from ACE.)

Far Side of Twilight: Dark Roads in Celtia

Joseph Rothenberg, R.N. holds degrees in Psychology and Political Science from Case Western Reserve University. A Co-Director and founder of ACE, The Starwood Festival, and the Chameleon Club, he has created numerous multi-media installations and manages the Starwood PufferDome.

Digitally Mediated Near Death Experience

Nema is a veteran Magickian/Mystic who has written Maat Magick: a Guide to Self-Initiation (Weiser), The Priesthood: Parameters and Responsibilities (Black Moon), and The Way of Mystery: Magick, Mysticism & Self-Transcendence (Llewellyn). She is an Elder in the Circle of the Sacred Grove, Church of Pantheist Wicca, a former member of the Typhonian OTO, and a Chaos mage.

Edge of the Abyss: a Mobius Trip

Victoria Ganger has been writing, arranging, and performing her own unique folk compositions for many years, with styles ranging from chants and ballads to blues, rock, and tangos. Leader of the all-woman band Revelry (with several CDs released) and a founding member of the A.C.E. house-band Chameleon, she is an award-winning Bard for the Society for Creative Anachronism. She has co-designed main ritual and led workshops at past WinterStars.


Ron Slabe has been making electronic music since the late seventies, and has been creating and participating in performance art almost as long. His work has been featured at the Cleveland Performance Art Festival and at Cleveland Public Theatre, the Psychedelicatessen, and small and large venues around Northeast Ohio. He has performed regularly at ACE events since 1986 beginning with the first MusicStar Festival, and he has been the primary performer and mastermind of the StarWood Island Multi-Media Show since 1991.

Space Jam Cabin

Lyrus Landholder has studied and practiced many paths of Magick for over twenty years, from Wicca to Thelema, Tantra to Kabbalah. He is an Elder and past High Priest of the Circle of the Sacred Grove (Church of Pantheist Wicca), and a founding member of the Chameleon Club. He is a fine cellist, composer and arranger, with a B.A. in Music. Lyrus was trained in Yoga at the Light of Yoga Society in Cleveland, and has been practicing Yoga for 22 years. He has been presenting Morning Attunements at Starwood and WinterStar for over ten years.

Basic Yoga

Chas Smith holds a Master's Degree in Music from Cleveland State University, where his class "Roots of Rock, Soul and American Pop Culture” is the largest-attendance class offered (over 300 per semester), and he's the author of the textbook From Woodstock to the Moon: The Cultural Evolution of Rock Music. His studies focus on composition, ethnomusic and electro-acoustics, and he's been an avid proponent of alternative ideas in music therapy. He directs and plays keyboards and bass for Einstein's Secret Orchestra and Cobra Verde, and has programmed ESO Radio at WCSB 89.3 FM in Cleveland since 1987.

Space Jam Cabin

Liafal, M. Ed, is a Chameleon, an ACE organizer, and a former Senior Druid of Stone Creed Grove. She is a professional educator and a Priestess of the Traditional Craft, past Vice Archdruid for ADF, a past officer of the Ohio local Covenant of the Goddess, and has been a major motivating force behind the Starwood Festival Kids Programming for many years. A talented singer, she performs in the group Awen.

Opening and Closing Circles

Billy Bardo is a master metalsmith, channeler of arcane weirdness, artist, musician, preacher, husband, and father. He is also an accomplished bovine scatologist and has been endorsed by countless questionable authorities. His first exposure to the bodhran was through his Uncle Jesse Winch of the acclaimed band Celtic Thunder

Bardic Cabin

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