After the Summerland Festival this year, The 6th Night Grove, ADF, approached the Druids of Columbus, OH, to see if we would be interested in helping to host the festival next year. After all the work we have put into the meal plan in the past, and the number of people who attend the festival either as part of the Grove or with the Grove, we seemed like an ideal option to lend a hand to 6th Night.
More importantly, though, this is our chance, as a Grove, to really help to give back to the folks that we consider our very own “Mother Grove.” For those unaware of our history, Three Cranes Grove is a direct decedent of 6th Night: I was a member there before I there was even a thought of planting a Grove here in Columbus, and it was the encouragement and support I found in 6th Night that made me believe that I could plant and help nurture something that would grow into something truly great and meaningful.
In short, without 6th Night, there would be no Three Cranes.
When the opportunity arose two years ago to do something to help make 6th Night’s lone fundraiser a success, we jumped at the chance to work the meal plan for them. Working the meal plan has helped to bring our Grove closer together, and strengthen the bonds of kinship that we feel. It has also helped us feel closer and more supportive of 6th Night, too.
The chance to partner with 6th Night on the planning and implementation of the festival itself has already begun to foster a deeper feeling of closeness and support for our “Mother Grove.” After meeting with Ansara (the Senior Druid of 6th Night) on Friday to begin planning, we’re back to where we were five years ago: sitting at the feet of our elders and wondering what amazing thing they will teach us next, and hoping that we can live up to their expectations and make them proud of us.
Summerland is August 21-24, 2008. Mark your calendars: we hope to see you there!
Also of interest, you can find a short mention of the Grove in this week’s Outlook Weekly paper (Dec. 27-Jan 09), on page 15. It seems that our outreach is working for us in some very positive ways.
-Rev. Michael J Dangler