Friday, June 15
7 pm: Zinfandel Room. Opening of the Court. Everyone
Performances and stories, as well as a movie offering from Lisa Stock. The Opening of the Court is free and open to everyone. This is a chance for all our attendees to meet one another, so invite everyone to come and bring their friends. There will be a tale of wisdom and magic begun there that will be woven over the course of the next few days, including at The Ball and then finally at the Closing Ceremonies. Make your preparations now, for the journey will not be so far as it is deep …
The Opening of the Court also features a free showing of In by the Eye’s “Brother & Sister.” Based on both the traditional tale and the contemporary poem by Terri Windling, “Brother & Sister” is a tale of risk and daring to follow your dreams.
Saturday, June 16
Vintage Room: Vendor access to marketplace
Vintage Room: Marketplace opens
Blanc de Blanc Room: Fairy Tales, Myth and Psychology
Court: Andrew Greenberg (m), Honora Foah, Dea Mozingo, Ted Friedman, Bill Bridges, Eugie Foster
What is the deep attraction of fairy tales and what do they mean to us? What role do these ancient stories play in our psyche, and why? Subtitle: Grimm, Campbell and Jung Walk into a Bar …
Rose Room: Easy and Magical Fairy Costuming Workshop
Court: Anya Martin and Torchy Taboo
Master Class costumer Anya Martin has won major awards at several Worldcons for fae-inspired costumes. In this two-hour workshop, she will share easy techniques for quickly converting skirts, party dresses and other clothing items into fanciful fairy costume pieces. Either bring your own piece or choose from a selection of thrift store/yard sale finds, and learn to transform them into magical creations with scissors, hot glue, needle and thread, fabric scraps, plant/floral accessories, trims, sequins, glitter and more. In a special treat, acclaimed performer/designer Torchy Taboo joins Anya and will show you her favorite tricks for making your own appliques to use on costumes and in headpieces. She has been asked repeatedly to teach some of her costuming techniques by performers and educators all over the U.S. This is the first time anywhere she’s agreed to share…so take advantage of the opportunity.
Blanc de Blanc Room: Faerie Writing Workshop
Court: Barbara Friend Ish
Join author and editor Barbara Friend Ish in writing a Faerie-inspired short story. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss Faerie character types and story elements and then develop our own Fae-inspired short stories. Workshop participants are invited to read from their stories at the Mercury Retrograde Salon Saturday evening, and finished stories will be included in the 2012 Faerie Escape Chapbook.
Rose Room: Wing-Making Workshop
Court: Brenda Jarvis of A Temptation of Faeries
Come grow your own wings and let your imagination soar! Learn basic wing construction techniques then fly out in wings of your own design. Children welcome with accompanying adult. Adhesives, hot glue, paint and glitter will be available. All supplies provided. Each fae flies out with their creation. Sign up and join the fun!
Flying in without your wings for the ball? Need to grow a bigger set of wings quickly? No worries! A Temptation of Faeries from Ollure rents wings. See us in the marketplace for details.
Blanc de Blanc: Fae in All Their Guises
Court: Honora Foah (m), IK the Troll, Eugie Foster, Dea Mozingo, Bill Bridges
The fae is just one term for these beings. What names, forms and meaning do they take around the world? What similarities do they share in appearance and actions, in their style and substance?
Blanc de Blanc Room: Second Skins 2
Court: IK the Troll (m), Carrie Anne Hunt, Lisa Stock, Charlotte Babb, assorted Faebles and Trolls
One of the most popular panels from 2010, we revisit and build upon the role of costumes and identity. Why are so many people choosing alternate appearances and personas? What psychological and cultural work is accomplished by fantasy costume in both childhood and adulthood? How can you get more out of yours?
Rose Room: Mask-Making Workshop
Explore the basics of crafting leather masks with artisan, Angela R. Sasser, of Angelic Shades Studio. Learn what tools you need to get started, where to purchase leather, and how versatile leather can be. Finally, Angela will give a step-by-step of crafting a simple mask from start to finish.
Blanc de Blanc Room: Wee Folk, Little Green Men and Abductions
Court: Bill Bridges (m), Honora Foah, Ted Friedman
Tales of alien abductions and visits to faerie land have surprisingly much in common. Why are fairy and UFO abductions so similar, and what do they tell us about ourselves and the world(s) around us?
Rose Room: Faerie Makeup on a Budget
Court: Lady Eris
This workshop focuses on techniques to help any all who want to add a lil’ bit of makeup magic glitz to both their everyday look or for a night at the faerie ball that will surely turn heads, and get the Seely Court talking. In this hour-long class we emphasize practical and easy ways for the armature and novice alike to apply techniques focusing strongly on dramatic eye makeup, and full-on ethereal otherworldly face transformation.
Other topics include eye cover, skin adornment, application techniques, how to work on a small budget and utilize what one has on hand, and from what products you can get multiples and creative uses – and how.
The workshop includes demonstrations on participants as well as giving everyone the chance to try techniques on one another for a more hands-on learning experience.
Upstairs Suite: Mercury Retrograde Salon
Join Mercury Retrograde Press editors, staff, and friends for merriment and mythic munchies. The evening’s entertainments will include readings from the participants at the Faerie Writing Workshop, recitations from Strunk & White’s Elements of Style by Mercury Retrograde editor Anna Branscome, and a performance of the Big Books Rap by A Dark Fable.
Blanc de Blanc+Rose Rooms: Grand Ball with costume contest and performances
Court: IK the Troll (mc), Carrie Anne Hunt, Lisa Stock, Paul Mercer, Dr. Q, Rule of 3 Dance
Sunday, June 17
Vintage Room: Marketplace opens
Blanc de Blanc Room: The Art of the Fae
Court: Lisa Stock (m), Lindsay Archer, Tammy Pryce, John Bridges
How do we bring the most ephemeral of creatures to life on paper and canvas?
Blanc de Blanc Room: Fairy Tales of Hollywood
Court: Ted Friedman (m), Lisa Stock (m), Carrie Anne Hunt, Charlotte Babb
It seems like fairy tales surround us again, in books, on TV and in movies. Why have fairy tales taken over pop culture? What are storytellers and scriptwriters drawing from these powerful tales that make their own work better? Most important, are any of these new adaptations any good?
Rose Room: Children’s Literature Workshop
Rose Room: The Future of Faerie Fiction
Court: Barbara Friend Ish (m), Charlotte Babb
We’ve seen an explosion in literature about faeries and fairy tales, and there is no sign of it stopping. What are the next big things in writing about fairy tales, the fae and all their myriad offspring?
Blanc de Blanc Room: Elemental Dance Workshop
Court: Kitty Love
As urban fae, many of us have lost touch with the basic elements of nature. Through elemental dance, Kitty Love will lead you to a place of joyful balance between earth, air, fire and water. Through music, myth, and meditation; elemental dance is an playful practice which enlivens the faerie magick in you. 18+
Kitty Love has been performing sensual dance professionally since 1991. She has been teaching Goddess Mysteries and sensual dance since 2001. She has been performing burlesque in Atlanta since 2008 and performed at the last Faerie Escape Ball. She often enjoys performing with the Atlanta based band, The Ghosts Project.
Blanc de Blanc Room: Creator Rights
Court: Courtney Lytle, Blake Sorensen
Those who would guide the fae into our realm have concerns beyond the ravenous appetites of trolls. Copyrights, legal protections, fan fictions, tributes, satire and the like may seem beyond the notice of the faerie courts, but not of human ones. Join Emory adjunct law professor Courtney Perry and intellectual property attorney Blake Sorensen for this wide-ranging discussion of rights you may not even know you have. Suitable for both legal novices and the experienced.
Rose Room: Faerie House Workshop
Court: Candace Apple
Entice the faeries into your world with a mystical magical faerie cottage created from gourds, mosses, stones, fungi, twigs, nuts and dried flowers. Let your imagination take wing as you design and build a faerie house fit for a faerie queen. Children welcome with an accompanying adult, hot glue guns are involved. All supplies provided. If a child is coming with an adult and they are making one faerie house, the child is free. We ask that you get separate tickets if each is making a faerie house or if there is more than one child per adult and they are making a house each. Workshop preference is one child per adult.
Blanc de Blanc Room: Closing Ceremonies