Back on the road again, I’m now in Milford, CT. After a 3-hour drive from Salem, I met up here with my dear friends Cate & Frank Dalton. We’ve known each other since 1995, when they brought me out here for their wonderful Craftwise Festival in Hartford, also attended by Stewart Farrar, where I met Liza (who became a member if our Ravenheart Family). Subsequently, we became great friends over many years of Starwood festivals at Brushwood, on 180 mostly-wooded acres near the town of Sherman in upstate NY, where the Daltons had a big campsite right across from the great Saturday night bonfire. Cate is a world-class cook, and she whipped up amazing feasts for her little tribe-which I was pleased to be part of. Over the years we had many delightful conversations watching the painted dancers around the enormous fire, and I watched their three kids grow up.
After Starwood moved from Brushwood to Wisteria, near Pomeroy, OH, in ?? the community was split, with many continuing to attend the Sirius Rising festival at Brushwood, held on the weekend after Starwood. I attended both festivals that first year, but since then I’ve only been able to make Starwood each year. I miss my many dear friends from those glory days at Brushwood, and it was wonderful to see Cate & Frank again, however briefly. They took me out for dinner to a Basque restaurant-a new culinary experience for me. I ordered a seafood paella, and it was fabulous!
Last night it snowed rather heavily, and my little red Prius is rather buried. I should have picked up a window scraper while I was in Salem, but I used Gypsy’s there for the few times I needed it, and I thought coming this far south in March I was out of the snow. Silly me!
As soon as I get the snow off my car, I’ll be heading down to Branchville, NJ, where I’ll be doing a book-signing and talk from 7:00-9:00pm at The Amber Dragon, 3 Milk St. I’ll be staying the night over a funeral parlor, which should make for some interesting dreams!
My last weeks in Salem were filled with dinners out with friends, an amazing Tarot reading from Lori Bruno (descendant of Giordano), and preparations and packing for my departure on this next leg of my continuing Walkabout. It was a wonderful sojourn in the “With City,” and a great few months with Gypsy. I carry it all with me, and I look forward to returning someday.
I am being sustained on this Walkabout journey (and storage fees for my extensive esoteric Library and Museum of Arcana collections) by personal appearances, fundraising events, and your generous donations, particularly via my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/oberonzell. Thank you for your support!