Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season the end of the Celtic year when the Holly King defeats the Oak King "The Bringer of Light" and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. We burn the Harvestman in honor of the fallen Oak King as a symbolic funeral. " Out of the Ashes he will be reborn."
FIRE EXTRAVAGANZA PRESENTED BY KEVIN AXTELL
A dynamic blend of fire juggling, fire spinning, dance, theater, and fire magic. Kevin has selected a unique team of pyro artist to create an mesmerizing and magical fire celebration for honoring the Celtic New Year!!
One of the top fire spinners in the world, "Kevin's solo fire show is a demonstration of excellence." -Tolly Burkan, Author and Firewalking founder
on and off stage
The Merrie Mary Show
Comedic acrobat Mary Evanoff is the star of the Merrie Mary Show, whether she is juggling, or balanced high above the audience on the Evanoff Pole (similar to rope walking), her show always brings a unique, entertaining and memorable experience. Mary's comedy, magic, pantomime, and other variety skills engages the audience in active participation. The Merrie Mary Show is perfect family entertainment and her gentle good humor provides a wonderful time for all ages.
Chase the Entertainer
A superlative professional and a professional superlative, Chase has been entertaining Bay Area audiences for many years. Chase brings his very own humor, wit and charm to every performance. He is a founding memeber of San Fransisco's own Street Magic Live. Chase brings comedy and sleight of hand together in ways that will have your funnybone trying to pick a card. He will keep you laughing and guessing with his riotous stage act. He uses a blend of stand of comedy and illusions to keep the audience in suspense. Be ready for him to spice it up with a little bit of magic.
Let your imagination come alive with the spectacular Beastcub Creatures. Some scary, some cute, brought to life to wander the streets of All Hallows. Handmade creations crafted and performed by the Beastcub herself. They will appear at random as the day goes on so keep an eye out for these fur covered creatures as you enjoy the faire. WEBSITE
Moon Goddess Caravan
The group began many years ago officially in Folsom Ca at Planet Earth Rising. It started with a small group of dancers led by Gypsy (Mary Chapman), and grew over the years into a fun creative group of friends and guest dancers, who continue to have a ball performing at gatherings, festivals, parties restaurants or any venue that welcomes creative eclectic Belly dance. Come join us...it's great for Mind, Body, Heart and Soul!
The tradition of the Danse Macabre dates back to the Middle Ages, perhaps earlier, and many different theories exist as to what was its original purpose. It is a cross-cultural phenomenon, occurring in English, French and Spanish folklore and art, among others.
Some thought the images of skeletons dancing in the streets would intimidate Death so that no one would be taken away. Others thought it was to trick Death into thinking all the villagers in this particular area were already dead... and enjoying it! So there was nothing for the spectre of Death to do and He would fly on. Still others thought it a way to point out no matter if you are Queen or serving wench, Bishop or bastard, minstrel or milliner... eventually we all will danse the Danse Macabre.
Diane Swanson- Featured Local Astrologer
Walela Institute of Imaginal Healing, an alternative, holistic sanctuary nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Sonora, CA. She is a Certified Master Level Forrest Trained Astrologer, as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC-CA, 1996). Her specialties include Vibrational Healing and Shamanic work; her passion is assisting clients in breaking self-destructive patterns resulting in evolutionary transformational breakthroughs. She produces her own line of gem and flower elixirs plus custom vibrational remedies. Diane designs and makes her own line of astrological healing jewelry. An avid gardener, her meditation is time spent in nature.
He began his career in circus arts with the Humboldt Circus, a student led circus and theatre arts club at Humboldt State University. There he rose to the ranks of Co-head Clown and led the circus into their Fall 2010 presentation of “A-Box-a-Lips Now!”, a pre and post-apocalyptic exploration of circus after civilization.
Upon leaving the Humboldt Circus, Miles Smiles, hungry for inspiration, joined the Freelove Circus as a clown for their Summer 2011 tour “On the Trail of Bigfoot”. The tour took him on a quest throughout the Pacific Northwest and Europe to find and capture the historic and legendary Bigfoot. The Europe tour had an astonishing impact on Miles and pushed him to go fully international.
At the start of 2012 he left his home destined for the far east to help spearhead the K-Town Circus, an international circus troupe specializing in fire shows, located in Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Miles spent the better part of two years in Eastern Asia honing his skills and performing as much as possible.
Upon returning home he quickly became involved in the Rainbow Family Circus and toured British Colombia, Canada.
He then traveled back to his circus roots in Humboldt to join the Circus Emporium Road Show, a circus sideshow and odditorium based in Arcata, CA. Miles Smiles was a clown and juggler for The Emporium's Winter 2013 tour to Texas and the southwest and stayed performing with them through 2014.
At the start of 2015 Miles Smiles moved to the SF bay area and has been performing and teaching circus arts there ever since. WEBSITE
En Garde Fencing
For hundreds of years, fencing has inspired the dreams of adventure for people of all ages. Who hasn’t imagined themselves with sword in hand, fending off hordes of enemies with a quick and daring blade?
Fencing is both a sport and a means of self-defense with roots that stretch back to medieval times and all throughout history. Ever since people could form metal into tools, the sword has had a place at our sides. Olympic fencing has become less a study of self-defense, and instead has changed with the times to become the fun and fast-paced sport of the present. Historical Fencing harkens back to the days when dueling was a reality, and self-defense was a must. Foam Weapon Combat is a quickly growing sport that is a safe and fun martial art for all ages.
Hearts of Khyber
"In honor of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Hearts of Khyber will dance to the beats of old world drumming to help lost souls find their path back to their homes, back to their families. Each member has helped each other discover the way of dance & have thus They have found their calling. Dancers from all walks of life will be there to entertain & help pay homage to the different souls that wander during Dia de los Muertos." By the way, They would like to invite others... feel free to bring and add mementos for their loved ones to their altar.
The stories told are ghostly tales based on old legends, campfire stories, and some original pieces. Carpathian is quite family-friendly, and has entertained audiences of all ages, from very young grade-school children to adult storytelling enthusiasts. The stories range from silly comic pieces to Grimm’s Faerie Tale moral warnings of consequences to more macabre, moody adult tales. The adult stories are perfectly suited for family listening, but are a bit more complex in detail and character.
Don't miss out! Join our ever so popular Costume Contest!
Costume Contest Guidelines
Judging will be scored by contestant presentation of their character and audience participation as done in previous years.
Costume Contest is Sat. ONLY!
Previous Year winners must have a new costume to enter.
Sign-ups At Information Booth on Sat. before 5pm.
Beginner Category- Enter this category if your costume is store bought and you did no crafting on your costume yourself.
Best of Show and Honorable Mention. Plaques and Ribbons, Prizes awarded
Intermediate Category- Enter this category if you bought some of your costume and modified it or added accessories to make the costume more unique. At least 20% of the costume must be crafted by the contestant.
Best of Show and Honorable Mention. Plaques and Ribbons, Prizes awarded
Masters Category- Enter this category if the contestant conceptually designed the character based upon his/her own idea or a character from movies, books or games. Costume must be 80% crafted by the contestant.
Best of Show and Honorable Mention. Plaque and Ribbons, Prizes awarded. Printable