“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.