“In the time before time, on a day before days,” my mother would start her stories as I would snuggle in close to her, feeling all the love in the world. I would listen with all my heart to each story she would tell me. Stories of how once human kind and our kind, the Faeries, lived together in peace and trust. I grew up on those stories and shared my mother’s fascination with the humans.
My mother was the youngest of three sisters. The eldest sister was Her Majesty, Ilex Aquifolia, Protector of Animals, Mistress of Wild Natural Places and Queen of the Maryland Faerie Seelie Court. The second sister was Crimson Moon, Queen of the Maryland Faerie UnSeelie Court.
My mother, Princess Echinacea Purpurea, the Faerie of Eternal Return, was the third daughter with no court to call her own. She was too restless to remain a fixture at court. Gaining an understanding of humans was her quest, the honor bestowed on her by her sisters. Her sisters bestowed on her the title of Royal Faerie Ethohumanologist, and Ambassador to Other Realms. Her task was to travel the world and learn to learn the ways of humans and to find a way to reunite Fae and human so that we could learn to live together again.
I, Princess Rudbeckia Hirta, am returning from traveling the world with my mother, to meet my family, and to become the Official Spokesperson between the Maryland Fae and the People of this area. Darlington, Maryland is a beautiful land of rolling hills, woods, and farms next to the beautiful Susquehanna River. My goal, and the goal of the Maryland Faerie Festival is to bring Humans and Faeries together, to learn from each other, and to renew our spiritual bonds.
The Maryland Faerie Festival is proud to announce that our map was Selected as an Award of Excellence Award Winner at the PGAMA EXCELLENCE IN PRINT AWARDS 2017, “in recognition of printing judged to be of exceptional quality.”
Now you can see your name in print on an award willing map and support the MARYLAND FAERIE FESTIVAL, a 501 c3 non profit!
We are accepting Ads for the 2017 Printed Map/Brochure!
It is a foldout, full color, two-sided document, with a large map of our festival on one side, and the program on the other. We print 2500 copies to hand out to our festival patrons, as well as to market post-event. For example, we recently passed out our brochure at FaerieCon, the Faerie Worlds event held at Hunt Valley last fall. Your advertisement will be elegantly placed around the festival map. Our goal is simply to help subsidize the cost of printing the map/brochure.
A printed 2×3.5 business card sized ad in the program is $100
Larger spaces for a 25% discount:
4×4 inches for $150
8×2 inches for $150
4×9 inch panel for $300
The resolution should be 300 dpi minimum. More is better. It will be printed in 4 color process. We can accept most file formats.
Email ad copy to Holly Budd
Payment can be sent to:
Maryland Faerie Festival
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21034
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Attention all Faerie Folk and Magickal Beings supporting the Maryland Faerie Festival!
With FaerieCon less than two weeks away we are putting out the call to have representatives appear to inform the attendees and entice them to attend the Maryland Faerie Festival in 2017, the year of the Flower Faeries! We are again proud to be setting up the Hospitality Room, and Holly is the Mistress In Chief of the Children’s Area.
We traditionally have had two volunteers staff our information booth in 2 hour shifts from Friday at 12pm to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm, and in the evenings from 8pm to midnight. You can sign up using the Street Team Sign up Form we set up using Sign-Up Genius. Please consider a shift or two at the booth, as many of our hard working faeries are already engaged in other parts of the convention for the weekend.
We are also being asked by Dave Olsher to assist him with staffing the convention. He expressed a need for volunteers at the Merchandising booth. But volunteers who are flexible to watch doors, the Hospitality Room, help at admissions, or be runners for board discussions are also welcome. You can volunteer to help Dave run the convention at http://faeriecon.com/be-a-volunteer/ . These shifts usually run 4 hours. We all hope to see you there!
Special Note – If you want to work with Holly in the Children’s Area you will need to sign-up using the FaerieCon link. They will pass your information on to her and and she will contact you directly about your availability.
Greetings! I would like to Introduce Rudbeckia “Beckia” Hirta! She is the new Spokesfae of the Maryland Faerie Festival. Rudebeckia is named after the Maryland state flower, Rudbeckia hirta or Black Eyed Susan.
She is happy to tell you that in 2017, the Maryland Faerie Festival will be Celebrating Flower Faeries!
Check back more information is coming.
The Maryland Faerie Festival has always been and will remain a welcoming and accepting place for the LGBT community. We work to create a realm between the worlds were we all can find our inner selves and explore imagination and play for all ages. Together we create a rainbow of joy and magic and a pocket of happiness in what can often be a troubling world. This space is open to all those who come in peace and acceptance regardless of race, gender identity, ethnic background, or sexual orientation. As the tragic and horrible events of the Orlando shooting happened during the weekend of our 2016 festival the Board and Community of the Maryland Faerie Festival felt it important to make this statement. Our community extends our blessings to those suffering through the recent events and together we will continue to stand on the side of love. Love is love.
Many years ago, in a small gnome village, there lived a most gifted gnome. Gnomie had the greenest of thumbs, and could even bring plants that appeared dead back to life. He could always find any growing thing he sought.
On one fateful day, the powerful dark faerie, Crimson Moon, queen of the Unseelie Court, presented him with a task: to find and gather rare ingredients for a potion to cure her child. Gnomie put his heart, his soul, and all his powers into the task, but sadly, he returned with the components mere minutes too late to save the child. In her anger, the Queen froze him in place and sat him in her garden, that all would know her pain. The dark faerie relented after only one day, but before she could release her enchantment, someone stole away the petrified Gnome. For a hundred years now, Gnomie has been missing, motionless and frozen in time.
For years, Queen Crimson Moon searched anywhere gnomes could be found. Her heart was heavy, plagued with guilt and loss. Her Ladyship searched, she gathered all the creatures in her realm, used every trick and summoning power she knew, but to no avail. Gnomie seemed lost forever.
Now the twin courts of the faerie, both Unseelie and Seelie, alongside the courts of Mother Nature, meet in a grand Union to find the true Gnomie.
It is asked by all the courts that any gnome, no matter how small or large be checked. In this search, all beings, human or otherwise, are asked to aid, as the faeries gather at the 2016 Maryland Faerie Festival.
The Festival parking costs $5 per car per festival visit. Of this money, $1 is given to the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps, Inc. for staffing our First Aid Tent and $1 to the Explorer Post that facilitates the event parking. The remaining $3 goes to the Maryland Faerie Festival General Fund to be used to return the parking area to it’s pre-event state.
The lane into Camp Ramblewood is a dirt road, and, yes, you will be parking in a grass field, but we’ve never lost anyone, yet – that we know of. We’ve had some doozy storms with drenching rain, and we still got everyone out safely. Note, that if you come two or three separate days, you will pay $5 each day. If you come Friday and stay until Sunday, or any combination of days, you pay a one-time, $5 fee for parking the car for the entire time you are there. So why don’t you camp with us? Click here for more information.
This year we will, again, be welcoming Frenchy and The Punk for performances on both Saturday and Sunday. This Cabaret Duo, a singer/percussionist and singer/guitarist, will delight you with their must-be-experienced performance of songs that you will never forget. It’s rare to encounter so much music from so few, but they could fill an auditorium with spirit, alone. That’s charisma! You can take their autographed CDs home with you – that is if they don’t sell out by the time you get to their table. They’re always happy to autograph purchases, and they spend time with their fans discussing their adventures in finding a following throughout the fairy festival circuit.
One of our returning vendors is Mythical Designs by Miscellaneous Oddiments LLC. The leather masks are truly works of art; both comfortable to wear and a delight to display. Don’t overlook the jewelry and hair pieces!
While the truly stunning pieces will be for sale at the festival, some examples of their work can be found at Mythical Designs.
Our first Festival Feature to be described is the Seelie Court. The Seelie are The Blessed Ones. They genuinely care for humans, and they value honor above all else. They do have a mischievous side, especially when bored, but the pranks they play cause no harm. They are the good Faeries and dispense justice throughout the Fae. Our Seelie Court can be visited at the Seelie Pavilion for most of the festival, but they do parade through the grounds once each day to ensure that all is well.