Under the Ancient Oaks: the Music of Melanie Gruben

Under the Ancient Oaks: the Music of Melanie Gruben February 4, 2018

This month we have something different: music from Melanie Gruben’s new album A Fairy Song. Melanie performs “Puck and the Hour of the Wolf” with lyrics from Shakespeare, “Poor Life Choices” – her song about what happens when you try to make a deal with the Fae – and “Folk Wisdom.”

Melanie’s music and her schedule of appearance can be found on her website https://fairyalbum.com/.

February 9 through 11 I’ll be at the ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat at the U Bar U retreat center in Mountain Home, Texas. It’s suitable for Pagans and polytheists of all varieties, and it’s drivable from almost any place in Texas. I’ll be speaking on “Building Alliances Across Our Many Communities.” This is my Pantheacon presentation. I get to do my first public presentation in front of a small friendly audience, and those who are there get to hear it a week before everyone else.

The next weekend I’ll be at Pantheacon in San Jose, California, the largest indoor Pagan gathering in the world. I’ll be speaking on “Building Alliances Across Our Many Communities” on Saturday February 17 at 11:00 AM in the Carmel/ Monterey Room.

On Saturday at 1:30 I’ll be speaking on “Pagans and Bad Assumptions” in the ADF hospitality suite. This is the full length version of this Sunday service from last year.

On Sunday at 1:30 I’ll be speaking on “The Shredded Veil” in the OBOD hospitality suite. This will be an opportunity to share our thoughts on the increase in Otherworldly experiences many of have noticed over the past few years, and to talk about what they might mean.

And on Sunday at 3:00 Jason Mankey and I will be part of a panel discussion on Cernunnos in the ADF hospitality suite. I’m not sure what Jason has in mind, but I expect it will be an expanded version of our Cernunnos video from Beyond the Gates.

April 20 through 22 I’ll be one of the featured guests at the 2018 CUUPS Convocation. If you’re a UU Pagan and you have the ability to travel, I strongly encourage you to support the only national gathering for CUUPS. And if you’re going, I encourage you to register early. Local CUUPS members had to deal with Hurricane Irma and its aftermath instead of planning and promoting Convo – they’re getting a late start. But all is well and back on schedule and they could use the early commitments.

And I’ll be one of the featured guests at Mystic South, July 13 through 15 in Atlanta. More on that in the coming months.

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