Launched in 1983, the annual WinterStar Festival remains unique in ways too myriad to mention. As one participant says, "you can't describe it. You have to be it."
Registration for the 21st Annual WinterStar Festival opens Thursday at 6PM in the Drum Jam Cabin (Cottage 17), where we’ll be drummin’ and jammin’ right late into the night and greeting late-night arrivals. A great opportunity to make or re-make connections early in the program!
Registration and Merchanting begins at 11:30 AM on Friday in the lower level of the Lodge and the Opening Circle is held at 1:30, with classes running from 2:00 - 6:15. Friday Night has two Rites being performed, Oracular Seidth with Diana Paxson and a Voodoo Rite with Utu, Miss Melissa and the Niagara Voodoo Shrine.
Classes continue Saturday from 9:30 AM until 6:15. Then on Saturday Night Snakes Rising will perform and lead a Puja (Hindu Rite) to Shiva and Kali, followed by dancing and the usual cabin hopping.
Sunday at 11:00AM, Mass (Roman Catholic Rite) with Rev. Dagmar Celeste and then a break for cabin checkout. Attend the Closing Circle at 1:30, and take our last opportunity to visit our merchants and for warm farewells.
There’s nothing quite like the late-night activities at WinterStar, the perfect indoor festival to break up those long winter months. We’ve set up cottages to host parties of different styles:
Parvati's Palace with Snakes Rising and
live music and dancing. What to expect upon visiting Pavarti's Palace Saturday
- Early evening (after our performance): Photos with the deities. Your last chance to convene with the Crone, Kali Ma, before we turn the wheel and enter the realm of Maiden/ Mother, Parvati.
- Throughout the night: Parvati's Palace of Tempting Earthly Delights! Roses, Mead and the buzzing of honeybees, pink champagne, fresh fruit fondue, Kirtan to the Divine Lovers - Shiva /Parvati; Radhe /Krishna; and Sita/ Ram.
- At ~ 1 AM: The Ritual Eating of Cherry Cordials followed by Ritual Massage by the sixteen hands of Parvati... with Rose scented oils and lotions.
- Aftwards, BZZZzzzzzzz..... a VERY good sleep, indeed!
Ye Olde Medieval Cabynne™ with Nial of Bork and goodfolk from the Society for Creative Anachronism. They're gonna party like it's 1399.
The Babalon Finishing School with live music, mirth and mayhem each night (note: not responsible for lost innocence occurring as a result of attendence - really).
The Space-Jam Cabin with Ron Slabe and ESO (Chas Smith,
Bob Mozik and Patricia Randall)
--- Friday night ---
Space Jammin' 10pm - Killer electro tunes and laid back groovins' on those luv vibes.
--- Saturday ---
ESO Coffeehouse Concert – 3-4:30PM, Chas, Bob and Trish present a set of café grooves.
Coffee & Pastry potluck. Open to all. Come join us for good tunes, good brew, good people.
--- Saturday night ---
THRILLA' in the VILLA - All night space jammin', drummin' & dancin' fantasy party.
~ Come dressed in your funfest garb ~ Be ready to get your freak groove on `til the wee hours. (Not responsible for lost synaptic function occuring as a result of attendance).
The Drum-Jam Cabin with our beloved hosts Dennis & Linda. Don't forget to dress in layers, it gets hot in there! (Not responsible for lost articles of clothing occuring as a result of attendence).
The Bollywood/Hindipop Cabin - Yes, admittedly is a love triangle, but in this cabin, Hrithik encourages his Aishwarya to have an extra-marital affair with Zayed, so that he can incorporate life-like, realistic situations in his current novel, about neopagan festivals in the United States. Will they fall in love? Will Hrithik notice the attentions of Zayeds long lost wife, given up for dead at the hands of the evil madman, Parvez Khambata?
Can it ever get more bizarre than this weird and uncanny arrangement?
You betcha, and it's happily never after as long as there's plenty of spontaneous music and dancing. Throw in some neighboring Kali Worshippers and you can party until the sacred Cow's come home! Non Stop Bollywood Video Excess. (Friday Only, and please supply your own cocktails, blender provided).