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2014 Fairie Festival Posters

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This year's Fairie Festival Posters are now ready  in several formats and sizes for viewing and download! Feel free to download, print and distribute as you wish! Pre-printed posters available at the farm. Call 717-235-6610 for information. 

 
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ANNOUNCING A SPECIAL EVENT FOR THOSE WHO BOOK A ROOM AT OUR FAVORITE INN DURING FAIRIE FESTIVAL!


We're excited to extend to all FaeFolk an invitation to be our guest at The Faerie Meet and Greet Party on Friday night, May 3, 2013, 8 PM at the Hampton Inn Shrewsbury (Home Away From Home Fairie Lodgings, see information below for booking)

Once you check into the Inn you'll receive your MagicTicket for the Party.(This offer is exclusive only to those who purchase a room!)

We'll be serving the finest Faerie Finger Foods, Beverages and Nectars, and Sweets and Treats, along with Memorable Faerie Friends and Artists to chat up while grooving to Musical Tunes and other Equally Fun Entertainment!

Please call soon for reservations while there are still vacancies... we tend to fill the Inn quickly!

HAMPTON INN SHREWSBURY
1000 Far Hills Dr, New Freedom, PA 17349
Phone: 1-800-741-5072 | WorldWide (817) 333-5105

Hampton Inn's info for booking rooms is http://hotelreservations.com/home.aspx

 
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2014 Fairie Festival Posters

ff2014 article

This year's Fairie Festival Posters are now ready  in several formats and sizes for viewing and download! Feel free to download, print and distribute as you wish! Pre-printed posters available at the farm. Call 717-235-6610 for information. 

 
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2012 Fairie Festival Photos


We've begun building our gallery of photos from this year's Fairie Festival! Please check it out here:  http://www.spoutwood.com/fairie-festival/fairie-festival-2012-photos 

Maybe you'll see yourself, or you friends, and most importantly, maybe it will help keep the memory in your heart and get you through until next year!

If you have any photos you would like to share, please contact the web administrator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
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Hal An Tow


"Hal An Tow" is a traditional Mayday song from western England. It's associated with the town of Helston in Cornwall, but in the past it was more widespread, having been collected as far afield as the Missouri Ozarks. This is the text most commonly sung in Britain today, but there have been different verses recorded over the years. The song seems to have its roots in the sixteenth century, with verses referencing the traditional Renaissance association of Mayday with Robin Hood, as well as the sack of Penzance by the Spanish in 1595. Traditionally, the song began with the verse about Robin Hood, but, inspired by a verse about wearing horns in an early version of the song, and by a song from Shakespeare's As You Like It, someone in modern times seems to have added the "Do not scorn to wear the horn" verse, which has become part of most modern British versions. It is possible that "Aunt Mary Moses" derives from a Cornish-language phrase for the Virgin Mary, although there are other theories. As for the phrase "Hal an Tow," no one is sure what it means; it could be a reference to dancing heel-and-toe, it could derive from a Cornish phrase for "raise the roof," or it could have been imported from what seems to have been an earlier song, possibly a rowing-chantey, whose refrain was "Heave and ho, Rumbalow."

Spoutwood Hal An Tow
 By Steve Winick
With faerie wing and dragon horn
We'll bless the day that you were born
We'll thank your father's father
And your mother's mother too
Hal-An-Tow, Jolly Rumbelow
We'll all sing
A hearty Kubiando
To welcome in the summertime
To welcome in the May-o
Summer is a comin' in,
And Winter's gone away-o
Robin Hood and Lucy Wood
Invite us to the Fair-o
We've come to their merry wood
To see the faeries there-o
Hal-An-Tow, Jolly Rumbelow
We'll all sing
A hearty Kubiando
To welcome in the summertime
To welcome in the May-o
Summer is a comin' in,
And Winter's gone away-o
Look at all the elves and gnomes,
The brownies, sprites and spriguns-o
The pixies, fauns and leprechauns
The little ones and bigguns-o
Hal-An-Tow, Jolly Rumbelow
We'll all sing
A hearty Kubiando
To welcome in the summertime
To welcome in the May-o
Summer is a comin' in,
And Winter's gone away-o
Let's bless the king and queen of May
With all our power and might o
Send us peace at spoutwood farm
Send Peace by Day and Night, o
Hal-An-Tow, Jolly Rumbelow
We'll all sing
A hearty Kubiando
To welcome in the summertime
To welcome in the May-o
Summer is a comin' in,
And Winter's gone away-o

The words of "Spoutwood Hal-An-Tow" were written by Stephen Winick in 2011, to adapt the traditional English song for Spoutwood Farm May Day Fairie Festival.

You can learn the traditional melody to this song from this video of the English folk group the Watersons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0

 
 
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