Monday, September 25, 2017

October Harvest Time

October Festivals and Harvests

Harvest time in October means it is festival time! People are gathering across the country to celebrate the foods and traditions of their region. From New England cranberries to Oregon pumpkins, there’s a lot to see and do. 

Our Favorites

21st Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival
This is all about bringing the sheep home and other livestock home from the mountains to their winter pasture. The streets fill with sheep as people gather to celebrate and preserve the history and culture of sheep herding in Idaho and the West. 
Where: Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey, Idaho
When: October 4-8, 2017
Juried arts and crafts show offers handmade items made of wool, alpaca, wool blends or items of a 'sheep' nature such as soaps and lotions from lanolin, sheep cheeses or items that augment cooking with lamb.

14th Annual Cranberry Harvest Festival.
This New England tradition is the highlight of the harvest season in Massachusetts. Bog tours, paddleboat rides and more.
Where: Wareham, Massachussetts
When: October 7-8, 2017

Circleville Pumpkin Festival

Established in 1903 by the Mayor, it began as a small exhibit of corn and pumpkin decorations. Today it offers so much more.
Where: Circleville, Ohio
When: October 18-21, 2017
Parades and delicious fall treats. Plus, more than 10,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and guards beautifying the streets! More:

Other Fun Festivals:

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
Where: Hood River, Oregon
When: October 13-15, 2017
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Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival
Where: Stowe, Vermont
When: October 14-15, 2017
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Friday, September 8, 2017

About Fairies

What Do You Call Them?

What would the world of folklore be without fairies? These spirits, often perceived as “little people” have been helping humans, plants, and animals here as well as in other realms for a very long time. Perhaps, according to some legends and folk tales, even before then.

The word Fairy- also spelled as Faery -  originates from the Latin word fatum which means fate or destiny. The English version we are all familiar with has roots in the French version fee. It has been suggested that the Saxon word feie refers to a specific world inhabited by fairies.

That world can exist in many places. Depending upon the culture, it can be over the rainbow, under the sea or in the stars. It can also be found in tree roots, summer breezes and winter snow.

Here are some of the names different cultures have given these ‘other worldly beings’:

AsparasThese feminine sky dancers have the ability to swoop down and bless people during important rites of passage, such as births and weddings.

Brownie Residing over Scottish Lowlands and Highlands, these spirits are often compared physically to very short men who appear at night to complete the work of servants.  Named after their ragged brown clothing and rugged brown skin, they come out at night to help to take care of work that has been left by the servants.
Glaistig Part woman, part goat, these water fairies can do many things. They can lure men in order to drink their blood, they can help old people and young children, and they can help with the herding of cattle.

Ohdows - This family of dwarf, well-formed people of Native Americans stories and myths live underground, inside the belly of the earth. From there they can thwart above ground deities that cause destruction, such as earthquakes.

TokoloshSouth African legends say that these spirits, covered in black hair, live near waterways and scare lone travelers by causing other animals to cry out in fear.

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