Last night, the Grey Havens Group emerged from a short meeting hiatus with a special discussion on elves and fairies. One question that came up a few times about fairylore around the world was, “Do people really believe this?” The answer seemed to be that, yes, people everywhere do believe in fairies but the real question is how they believe in them–as a diminutive creature, as a nature spirit, as a vestigial reminder that part of each of us is still a part of wood and stream and field. In Grey Havens Group, we believe in fairies, each of us in our own way. If we didn’t believe, we wouldn’t gather to honor them as we do.
We honor fairies because we honor imagination. We honor fairies because we honor myth, stories older than anything we have ever seen and as young as the most recent episode of Doctor Who. We honor fairies because we honor playfulness and wonder, because we know that there is more to life than trouble and toil. Yet even fairies need a home so, sometimes, we have to set ourselves the mundane task of building one.
The Grey Havens Group has been meeting and talking about magical creatures and imaginary worlds since 2010. Before we created our young adult chapter, Grey Havens YA, in 2013, we registered our organization as a non-profit association. Now, we are in the process of becoming a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation promoting the values of literacy, imagination, community and inclusion. This is how we are building a home for fairies, elves, hobbits, Time Lords and all manner of magical creatures. We begin by laying a foundation and raising a structure. That is why we are revising our weekly discussion group schedule and creating a certification process for official GHG meeting facilitators.
One day, we want to build homes for wonder all over our region and beyond but we want everyone who sits down for a Grey Havens Group meeting to know that they will have the Grey Havens Experience. Simplifying our schedule allows us to pay careful attention to how we conduct our discussions and what this says about our emerging identity as a literacy non-profit. It also allows us to slow down and enjoy each other’s company and the imaginative works that bring us together. The revised schedule is below and can be found here with weekly meeting annoucements in our Facebook group. We hope you will join us for one or all of our weekly meetings. All magical creatures welcome.
Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings take place in the Hobbit Hole at Barbed Wire Books, 504 Main Street in Longmont, Colorado.
Godric’s Hollow Group (Harry Potter Discussion for Grownups): 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Children of the Forest (A Game of Thrones Book Group): 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Inklingsiana (An Examination of the Culture of Myth and Imagination Inspired by the Oxford Inklings): 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Grey Havens Group (Tolkien Discussion): Fourth Thursday of the month-6:00-7:30 p.m.
Grey Havens Palantir (Online Tolkien Discussion): Every Saturday- 9:00 a.m. EDT (discussion link posted each week in GHG Facebook group)
Alþings (An Occasional Examination of Viking Myth and Culture): Visit our Facebook group for meeting announcements.
We will add in more meetings and, perhaps, more groups as our schedule allows. Be sure to check our calendar and Facebook groups for specific discussion topics and special events! Thank you for sticking with us during this new stage of our adventure!
Join us on October 8 for a special viewing and discussion of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Masks,” the most mythic episode of the series! Masaka is waking!
The Grey Havens Group also hosts a Facebook group called Nerd Life Is the Good Life, a group just for Geeky Teachers and a new group called Geeky Leaders for those in leadership roles in geeky organizations in Colorado. We also appreciate it when you support our young adult group by liking their Facebook page. Thank you!