Friday, October 24, 2014

Deadline for The Voice - Monday, the 27th!

AFA members, get your news and photos in to The Voice by next Monday, the 27th!  Recent meetups, announcements of coming events, births, and more  -  tell us about it!  This is YOUR exclusive newsletter, one of your benefits of AFA membership...Your participation is earnestly invited

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Home from Winter Nights in the Poconos!

We got in late last evening from Winter Nights in the Poconos, after a long flight across the continent.  Our bodies were tired but our spirits were high.  This was the AFA's third Winter Nights in the Poconos, and we brought in well over a hundred people...Think what we'll be doing in ten years!  Almost all the attendees were AFA members, and a number of those who had not yet committed have already sent in their membership applications.

This year's Winter Nights was characterized by high energy, a strong feeling of connection with each other and with the mission of the AFA, and by rituals that were perhaps our best ever.  Our focus was the rune Uruz, that we might gather even more might for the AFA in its mission, as well as for the luck and victory of those who were attending.

Three new Clergy members were sworn in  -  Denny Boltenhouse, Bryan Wilton, and Allen Turnage.

Three bands made this gathering even more lively:  Knotwork, Blood and Sun, and Changes.

Once again I was struck by the high quality of people standing in the ritual circle with us, and by the many children who were there.  Looking across the feast hall, I saw wall-to-wall folk, eating and talking and laughing.  I made many new friends and was delighted to see old ones again.

Incredible!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Winter Nights Agenda Posted Online - Starting Time, 1 PM Friday!

Our schedule for Winter Nights is now posted on the AFA web site.  Go to http://runestone.org and you will find a link that says "Download Event Schedule" centered under the event banner on the first page. It will take you to a pdf you can print. 

Please note that the starting time is 1 PM on Friday, not later as stated elsewhere!

Notice, also, that there is an auction scheduled for 5 PM Saturday  -  you will want to have your checkbook, because this is a good opportunity to pick up some very fine items!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Winter Nights Registration Open Until This Evening!

AFA members and friends can register for Winter Nights in the Poconos through 8 PM Pacific Time tonight and still get the discounted rate!  Costs will go up after this evening.  You don't have to actually pay tonight; just get us your registration form and you can pay when you arrive.

Just go to the AFA site at  http://runestone.org , scroll down the page until you get to that big blue "Register Now" button, and do it!

For those paying at the door, please bring your checkbook or cash.  We will try to use a card reader but wifi at the camp is not very reliable.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Music Line-Up for Winter Nights in the Poconos!

We always have good music at Winter Nights.  Our frequent guests are of course Michael and Annabel Moynihan of Knotwork, and Changes with Robert Taylor and Nicholas Tesluk.  Their performances consistently bring us a joy and inspiration enhanced by the decades of friendship many of us share with them.

Knotwork will be back this year, including the talented guitarist Robert Ferbrache along with Michael and Annabel.  Knotwork recently returned from an extensive European tour and no doubt will have fascinating stories to tell abaut what's happening on our mother Continent.  Robert and Nicholas of Changes are returning, too, and we know we can expect their special mix of music and anecdote, with memorable -  even astounding!  -  conversations to follow around the fire. 

Last year we also had the Italian band, Tears of Othila.  Their charming personalities warmed us on the chilly nights.  They won't be with us, but we do have a new treat:  emerging neofolk band Blood and Sun.

As usual, the AFA brings you the best of the old and the new.  If you are an AFA member, or a vouched-for friend of the AFA, you want to be there with us!

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Steve McNallen



Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Winter, Ragnarok, and Overcoming

This weekend we attended a wonderful Winter Nights gathering in mid-California.  One of the many highlights of the event was the Odin-Blot, given by Mike Hunter.  Mike set the stage by talking about the coming of winter, and how life can either die out or overcome and thrive through the challenges of ice and snow and deprivation.  So it is with us, and so  -  Mike pointed out  -  it is with the Gods at Ragnarok.  By will and exertion, they leave behind all that is dross, all that is flawed and compromising, and rise to a new and purified level.

Whether you accept this view of Ragnarok or not, this idea is a powerful one.  We accept challenges and exert our will, or we succumb to inertia and lose the evolutionary struggle.  This is the way of Nature, and it is the way of Overcoming, of upward evolution.  Let us choose to become more than we are!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

AFA Members! Just Days Left to Register for Winter Nights in the Poconos!

Just a reminder  -  October 10 is the last day for regular registration for Winter Nights in the Poconos!  You DON'T have to pay by that date, just register!

AFA members who DO decide to pay in advance will get a discount on a tee shirt custom-designed for this year's event, and will get a guarantee on sizes.

You must register in advance to be guaranteed admission to the event.  Those who simply show up at the door may or may not be admitted, depending on available space.

While we always welcome vetted friends of the AFA, we especially encourage members to be there with us  -  we're expecting a capacity crowd and we don't want to have to turn AFA members away!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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