Programming 2022


Friday October 28th

3:00 – 3:50 Meet Our Featured Authors “Why Faerie Stories Matter”: Here’s a great way to meet and learn about our guest authors at the beginning of the weekend: Tiffany Trent, Molly Stanton, Shveta Thakrar, Erik Kiessling, Byron Ballard – MARYLAND A

4:00 4:50 Inside the World of Wotan, the Faerie Smasher – Born in the humble beginnings of cosplay, Eric Pope will discuss the creation and national popularity of this faerie hunting giant, beloved by 

young and old. – Eric Pope – MARYLAND B

5:00 – 5:50 The Witching Way – There is a path that winds through the woods, a stony path that meanders between Earth and the Realms. The people who walk this path know the ways of wyrd and of magic. Do you know this path, the Witching Way? Come with me and walk the ways of witchery, of magic, of knowing. – H Byron Ballard – MARYLAND A

Saturday October 29th

11:00 – 11:50 Writing Fantasy in the Age of Social Media  – In this time of a 24 hour news cycle and multiple social media platforms, our three guest authors discussed how our digital culture impacts not only what we read about but how it is received and shared. – Molly Stanton, Tiffany Trent, Shveta Thakrar – MARYLAND A

12:00 – 12:50 Creating Fantasy from Life Experience – Beginning her career as an artist who is also a therapist and evolved into an author, Molly will share how diverse aspects of her life experience cohered into her unique vision for a fantasy world. – Molly Stanton – MARYLAND A

12:00 – 12:50 Art of Jon Sideriadis – Join the author / artist of “Astromythos” as he takes you through his world of fantastic images and mythic adventures in his first book and give you an exclusive preview of the upcoming sequel. – MARYLAND B

1:00 – 2:30 How Science Enriches Fantasy Writing 

It may seem a contradiction, but the more “real” fantasy appears the more believable the fantasy will be. Best-selling author Tiffany Trent discusses how science is a powerful tool to create a sense of believability and fantasy writing. – Tiffany Trent – MARYLAND A

2:00 – 2:50- Author Spotlight – Interview with Shveta Thakrar – A conversation with celebrated author, Shveta,  who share her personal philosophy about creativity and writing from her cultural roots. – MARYLAND A

2:00 – 2:50 Art of Ruth Sanderson – An exceptional, award winning and internationally celebrated artist, Ruth will be your guide through her work in a variety of mediums and themes, all of exceptional beauty and depth. – MARYLAND B

3:00 – 3:50 Fashion Show – Join us for a pageant of beautiful apparel from our amazing vendors, always a great way to be inspired or to find the perfect purchase. – CONSTELLATION E-F

4:00 – 4:50 Artists in the Marketplace – With major disruptions in publishing, bookselling and bookstores themselves, two accomplished and entrepreneurial artists will discuss the state of the market place and give advice to artists who wish to sell their work in this digital age. – Jon Sideriadis , Linda Ravenscroft – MARYLAND A

4:00 – 4:50 A Personal Vision of Fantasy FictionMore Magic; More Action – A promising new fantastic author, Eric will share his unique vision of fantasy which is richer in magic and stronger in action than many of the books being written today. – Erik Kiessling – CMARYLAND B

5:00 – 5:50 Mythology & History of Mask Making  – Masks have been a part of the history and culture of Homo sapiens for thousands of years. They represent and symbolize the boundary between the physical and the magical world. Our mask makers will share their craft and the meanings of their wondrous work that never fails to amaze and transform. – MARYLAND A

Sunday October 30th

11:00 – 11:50 Ancient Mythologies / Modern Fantasies – A new and celebrated author of fantasy, Shveta Thakrar will share how she sourced from her own cultural mythologies and used it as a lens to write a contemporary fantasy that is certainly unique and relevant to our times.- Shveta Thakrar- MARYLAND A

11:00 – 11:50 Creating “The Mystic Garden” in Glastonbury – Far more than one of the most popular and celebrated fairy artists in the world, Linda and John Ravenscroft created an international destination for fairy lovers in the city of Glastonbury. Come with them and tour this remarkable store that is alive with the spirit of fairy.  – Linda & John Ravenscroft – MARYLAND B

12:00 – 12:50 Art of Linda Ravenscroft – One of the most celebrated and iconic fairy artists of our time and a true entrepreneur, Linda will share her world and how it she created her dream of fairy. – MARYLAND A

12:00 – 12:50 The World of Brown Sugar Faeries – Brown Sugar Fairies came about through Aiysha’s love of storytelling as a performer. She wanted to share stories that fostered the imagination and the healing messages fairies offer and featured people of color. – Aiysha Sinclair Team – v B

1:00 – 1:50 Costume Contest – By far the highlight of the weekend during the day, you don’t want to miss this amazing display fantasy costume creativity by our wonderful guests. – CONSTELLATION E-F

2:00 – 2:50 The Story of Artist Rosa Bonheur – An internationally celebrated painter of animals, the most famous female painter of her century, social revolutionary and iconoclast and precursor of the modern, independent woman, author and artist Ruth Sanderson opens the world of Rosa Bonheur and shares her remarkable book on her life. – – Ruth Sanderson- MARYLAND B

3:00 – 3:50 The Magic and Music of Rhythm – Drums and drumming have been at the heart of human communication and community for millennia. “Everybody Drum!” rhythm master Ken Crampton shares the magic of the drum and why we are so attracted to its infectious beats and cadence. – Ken Crampton – MARYLAND A