The Heart Journey Gnome – Maryland Faerie Festival – 2016



Sprawled under the hydrangea bushes.  Late spring only, but the heat says otherwise, sayin’ summer already.  There is Lulu, reflecting momentarily on the turn of event.  The event?   Gettin’ with your gnomies…  At the Maryland Faerie Festival.

Thoughts and images flood…  Remembrances…  Treasures…

First, to commune with the faeries tenting is key…  For in the tent you hear the faerie wild rites surging and glittery faerie glam seeps through the zippy fabric into dreams.

New Gnome

But who could sleep with all this ruckus?  And the music, sometimes eerie sometimes tribal, always magic.

Delicate Gnome Village of Seaglass

It was at the drum circle that the Faerie Festival Queen announced that a gnome was missing.

Let The Wild Rumpus Start!

Despite the late night, at dawn Lulu is up and  Unicorn-led.  Onwards through a sparkle chandelier lit crystal curtain to a village of wee fae homes inhabited by kindly faeries.  Going where???  In search of what???  The stolen Gnome???

Sweet Stardust the Unicorn and his yellow fae, Rawbin.
Pixie the Faerie Goat
Chandelier of the Seelie Court
Enter the Faire

The wee faerie houses themselves seemed to whisper,  “open the door, open your heart, open to mystery, magic, the fae arts.”



New Gnomes For Sale
Faerie Houses for Wee Folk by talented Rena Damskey

Yet the voices of these two rang most clear (in a singsongy pixie way.)

“Seek ye the tree.”
“To the tree with thee.”
Darling Mother and Daughter Gnomes Holly and Shirley

Some fae folk clapped their hands and pointed with staffs.  “This way and that.”

But with all the delightful distractions, staying on course, of course, which course?, is there even a course? as tricksy as a faerie path.

Dinosaur Rides? Yes, Please!
Spark the Fairy
Spark Creates Faerie Hair!
Magical Sundries!
Honey Cat Jewelry Ladies
Tempting Faerie Jewels by Honey Cat!
Yoga Yurts
And Psychiatric Help?  Why Ever Not!

Other more mysterious messages came from ever more mysterious fae folk.

Mischievous Tricksters…
Creatures of the Unseelie (Dark) Court…


And Shane with the Kind Eyes of Mythical Designs by Miscellaneous Oddiments.

There were gnomes everywhere.  Near trees…



In trees…


Wearing trees…


And gnomes that claimed to just be “Thinking of trees…”


But it was Wedji TuCheeks the Goblin who led to the purchase of a hat.


Wedji TuCheeks the Goblin.

And the brilliant musicians that sold her the flute that truly set Lulu’s course

David of the House of Musical Traditions
Faerie on the Psalter


Eyes closed, ya’ know, Lulu wears her hat and plays the flute.  Magical notes play.  The melody like rivulets streaming sing.  Stardust the Unicorn hears and heeds the calling thus whisks her to a flowery meadow.  Sliding off his back she encounters the tree.  Now so small she opens the wee tree door and slips in and down the very roots of the tree where her special gnomies wait for her in a crystal hall.  Vessels of sweet ambrosia and faerie cakes await (but she knows better than to eat any faerie food, ya’ know).  The fireplace crackles with delight.  The gnomes whisper strange words that both sooth and astound.  And Lulu just knows, ya’ know, just knows to sit and soak it all in…

The Maryland Faerie Festival is an annual weekend long event.  I highly recommend this Festival!  Here is a blog I wrote about the Festival last year when I was quite new to blogging – Maryland Faerie Festival 2015

Thank you so much, dear reader, for experiencing this blog.  Will you attend any festivals this year?


7 thoughts on “The Heart Journey Gnome – Maryland Faerie Festival – 2016

  1. What a magical event! I must go next year. Thanks for giving us a peek inside!

    I’m looking forward to the Ren faire and hopefully some lavender loveliness in WA… 🙂

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  2. These photos are so dreamy and whimsical that they really show your faerie soul Doreen. Thank you for the virtual tour of the festival. I went to my first Ren Fair last year and loved it. I am absolutely down for going with you to this fairy festival next time. My favorite photos are the portraits of the various magical creatures you encountered in the flesh.

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    1. Julie – You would love it soooo much. And your girls are the perfect age. There are a couple more in this area. I am going to the New York Festival next weekend. There is also one in Virgina this weekend. And another in Maryland at Sproutwood. I hope to go to all of them as a vendor or faerie. And I would love to go with you!!!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!


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