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Contact Current Grand Poobah (aka Queen(s) Registrar)
Contact the Queen(s) Registrar
Our host for the past 30+ years is Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center.
Queens Registrar Past and Future
Queens Registrar Past & Future
For 30+ years, our gatherings have happened because one or two faeries stepped forward to lead the work for each gathering, supported by many other volunteers. While the magick in our brew comes from the many, many spontaneous (and planned) outbreaks of voluptuous generosity sparked time and again by the new — and not so new — among us, the queen registrar, his helpers, and the Breitenbush Community, build and hold our cauldron.
We’ve called our cauldron-holders “Queen Registrar” (QR), because much of their work is in writing and sending The Call, then handling the registration process. The QR also sets our theme and intention, works with the Breitenbush community, manages the finances, coordinates housing, recruits volunteers for many duties (high profile and low), and often endures no small amount of stress and momentary drama while making their gathering the unique experience it is.
The only compensation any QR receives for the hundred-plus hours of work involved in making each gathering happen is our collective gratitude, love, and support, plus free attendance at his own gathering for himself and one guest (includes night before the gathering as well for preparation time).
Our Queen(s) Registrar
The queen(s) registrar of a gathering are empowered and guided by our tradition and history to do what needs to be done to create and offer the gathering they envision.
The queen(s) registrar of the next Gathering of Radical Faeries at Breitenbush Hot Springs is/are:
|2017 Summer #25||Passionflower|
Our Dowager Queens Registrar
Former QRs (“the dowagers”) traditionally offer advice to the current queen(s) registrar. Some of it’s even useful. Over 35+ gatherings, certain things have been found to work better than others.The dowagers also collectively hold much of our community memory, and work together from time to time to ensure that our gatherings sustain and grow in meaningful ways. You might think of us as an advisory board, but we don’t. We just love this gathering and the community which has grown around it over 25+ years, and share the common experience of having done the work to bring at least one together.
The following is as complete and accurate a list of our queens registrar over the years as we have been able to assemble.
|1982 Winter #1||Moonsong|
|1983 Winter #2||Moonsong|
|1984 Winter #3||Moonsong|
|1985 Winter #4||Moonsong|
|1986 Winter #5||Moonsong|
|1987 Winter #6||Gidget|
|1988 Winter #7||Cyan|
|1989 Winter #8||“Scarf Clan” Lalayh and Bubbling Banana (fnka BBHa!)|
|1990 Winter #9||C. and S. Saturn|
|1991 Winter #10||Moonsong|
|1992 Winter #11||Sunlight|
|1992 Summer #1||Elderberry|
|1993 Winter #12||Riversong|
|1994 Winter #13||Riversong|
|1994 Summer #2||justplainBill (ffka RavOnSistrwomn)|
|1995 Winter #14||Gina FalloffaBrigitta (ffka Lotta LittleBear) and Snowbear|
|1995 Summer #3||Aaron T.|
|1996 Winter #15||Loka Wolf and Lupin|
|1996 Summer #4||Katie Eagle Singer|
|1997 Winter #16||Lupin and Jacynth Astarin|
|1997 Summer #5||Snowbear|
|1998 Winter #17||Rosemary for Remembrance and Rainbowman|
|1998 Summer #6||Peppermint|
|1999 Winter #18||Elderberry (ffka Fonda Butts) and Swamp Lily|
|1999 Summer #7||Strangé (that’s French you know …)|
|2000 Winter #19||Voilá (ffka Banyan Crow) and Tag (ffka March and Shining Evening)|
|2000 Summer #8||Snowbear|
|2001 Winter #20||Uncle Markie|
|2001 Summer #9||Whitewater|
|2002 Winter #21||Stardust and Rosemary for Remembrance|
|2002 Summer #10||Tag (ffka March and Shining Evening) and Voilá (ffka Banyan Crow)|
|2003 Winter #22||Yusuf (ffka Damien)|
|2003 Summer #11||Riversong and Snowbear|
|2004 Winter #23||Aster Dancing Lightly|
|2004 Summer #12||Full Circle|
|2005 Winter #24||Dancing Bear|
|2005 Summer #13||Periwinkle and Otter|
|2006 Winter #25||Andre and Lambchop|
|2006 Summer #14||Orlando and Nipplicious|
|2007 Winter #26||Uncle Markie and Whitewater|
|2007 Summer #15||Faun|
|2008 Winter #27||Scruffy Rumbler and Brightheart of the Rockies|
|2008 Summer #16||Marcus (ffka Sprout)|
|2009 Winter #28||Rosemary for Remembrance|
|2009 Summer #17||Dancing Bear and Fluffernutter|
|2009 Winter #29||Aaron Phoenix and ScrubJay|
|2010 Summer #18||Keystone (ffka Cupcake)|
|2011 Winter #30||Morgain Lessloss|
|2011 Summer #19||Uncle Markie and Dancing Bear|
|2012 Winter #31||Aster Dancing Lightly and Lambchop|
|2012 Summer #20||Robin Hood and Pansy Wyldfyre|
|2013 Winter #32||Riversong and BrightHeart|
|2013 Summer #21||Leo S. Sunshine and Sister Bhakti Shakti|
|2014 Winter #33||Mark and Onyx|
|2014 Summer #22||Acorn Godtree and Lupine|
|2015 Winter #34||Dancing Bear and Lightning|
|2015 Summer #23||Serpentine and Day|
|2016 Winter #35||Passionflower|
|2016 Summer #24||Cookie and Francis|
Our Queens Ascendant
The following folks will serve as our Queens Registrar in the future. Consider adding your name to the list.
|2017 Summer #25||Passionflower|
|2018 Winter #36||Auntie and Otter|
|2018 Summer #26||Unclaimed|
|2019 Winter #37||Unclaimed|
|2019 Summer #27||Unclaimed|
|2020 Winter #38||BrightHeart PureMountain|
|2020 Summer #28||Unclaimed|
Anyone with requests, questions, comments, offers, or concerns about queens registrar in general — or particular — or about how any of us got ourselves into this situation, are encouraged to contact one or more of the dowagers (all those folk listed in the first list above) and ask, because they’ve been there and done that. There is no formal or rigid process to any of this, just a lot of love and a bit o’crazy, expressed many ways.
Many dowagers comment on how serving as queen registrar changed their view of our gathering and its community. Working as queen registrar is a significant act of service, best undertaken by those who feel a deep, loving, and abiding connection with this community, coupled with a desire to do physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual work on its behalf and for its benefit. If you have been to several of our gatherings, found yourself jumping in to help without being asked, and feel ready to give a hundred hours of your life to your community without pay, please talk about it with a dowager or two, and consider joining us.