This group exists because of both a joke and a dream. Three of us had returned from a very cold camp out and were bitterly complaining that there needed to be a gathering in warm weather. Around a campfire, a little spark was born. We picked probably the hottest Pagan holiday one could have in the Midwest. The celebration is Lammas, or the celebration of the first harvest.
What began as a desire to have a campout with our friends in warm weather has evolved into a very close-knit working group from all over the United States. Our committee has members from New York and Ohio to California and many points in between. We’ve heard rumors that we could have guests from Canada, from Colorado and the Pacific Northwest. We are thrilled to think that our gathering has all the earmarks of a large festival. It has taken a lot of hard work from many dedicated people to bring you this event. We hope you enjoy it.
Kate – A solitary practitioner following an eclectic blend of Celtic, Native American and Angel beliefs. Kate works at an area teaching hospital in the wee hours
of the day, and then works Reflexology magic as well as Pain Management and Reiki at her own business, suitably named A Touch of Sole. Kate is also a published writer and currently is working on several projects as well as researching material on a serious sociological book. She lives in the Iowa City/Coralville area with her spouse, her various animal friends, and is fortunate to have all children and grandchildren (and now GREAT grandchildren!) living nearby.
Marsha – Our mover and shaker who spreads the word of this event far and wide. She’s so busy she hasn’t gotten around to finishing her bio yet.
Kirk – A husband of one and a father of two. He is also a biomedical engineer with a musculoskeletal focus. His interests include micro circuitry, alternative
energy, disc golf, designing medical devices, and explaining magic through quantum physics. He is a self-described maker and enjoys contributing to the open source community. He has walked an eclectic pagan path for the last two decades. His current favorite quote is: “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”– Albert Einstein.
He agrees completely.
Amanda – An eclectic solitary Wiccan who has lived in southeastern Iowa her whole life. She believes in reinventing oneself as often as possible. She has a degree in business management, runs her own soap and bath product business and spends her days teaching 3 year olds. She has been a vendor at Lammas Fest for several years and she loves working with the wonderful people to put on a great festival.
Paul – Known as The Rhythm Priest in the pagan community, Paul is a music producer, engineer, drummer and percussionist and is an Initiate of the Triskellion coven with his wife, Janette Nash. Paul has been coming to LammasFest for 6 years now and has provided drum vending and drum circle facilitation. Paul comes from a music production background, having toured internationally as a drummer for national and international bands. He now produces serveral midwest pagan artists in his recording studio and is currently working on his new project, Unique Drive. Paul believes that everyone should have a drum in their hands, and his path is to reconnect everyone to the pulse of mother earth by way of drumming and drum rituals.
Charles – A husband and father to three beautiful daughters that have blessed his life in so many ways, he’s lost count. He enjoys the outdoors and trees, loves to drum around the fire, and sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll even see him dance. Traveling and vending with his wonderful wife is what summer’s are full of. He enjoys many things and sometimes he’s called a “Jack of All Trades” or even pulling a “MacGyver” when something needs fixed.
Janette – a Brit who relocated to the United States with her husband Paul. Along with being a co-owner of Total Tech Productions, Janette handles PR and marketing for the company, as well as doing her day job. She and Paul are both initiates of the Triskellion tradition. Janette’s passion is in arts and crafts, and she creates for 400 Unique Ideas which has vended at LammasFest in the past. Passionate about LammasFest, this will be Janette’s 8th year, with many more to follow.
Altair – An eclectic pagan whose path grew out of his job 16 years ago as a research physiologist. It could best be described as Gaian – working with the energy of the whole Earth as a single, physical, biological, living super-organism. Still a biologist, he teaches medicine at a small college in northern Iowa. He is also a mythology and folklore nut, and tries to absorb any legend he can, especially Greek, Celtic, or Sumerian/Babylonian. His other full-time job is to drive his wife and two kids crazy with science or mythological non sequiturs.