Tolkien Reading Day 2013

GHG Tolkien Reading Day 2013

On a chilly Sunday afternoon the folk of Grey Havens gathered under the gaze of the Blue Mountains.  A golden light shimmered in our Hall of Fire.  And that day we heard many songs and tales and poems from many realms of Middle-earth. It was International Tolkien Reading Day at Barbed Wire Books!

Kelly Cowling opened the proceedings in the Grey Havens Hall of Fire
Kelly Cowling opened the proceedings
in the Grey Havens Hall of Fire
Ivan Granger began our adventurereading a favorite passage from The Hobbit
Ivan Granger began our adventure
reading a favorite passage from The Hobbit
Clay Evans visits Fangorn
Clay Evans visits Fangorn
We hear a forest full of faint echoes of ancient memory
We hear a forest full of faint echoes
of ancient memory
In the Hall of Fire, Charles Conant stepped aside with Ivan and Roger to finish his one act mini-play, with Ivan playing the role of young Estel
In the Hall of Fire, Charles Conant stepped aside with Ivan and Roger
to finish his one act mini-play, with Ivan playing the role of young Estel
Kris Swank gifted us with Letters from Father Christmas
Kris Swank gifted us with Letters from Father Christmas
Kris Swank
Kris Swank
The magic of Crystal Iridescence
The magic of Crystal Iridescence
Dyhrddrdh Colby and Kelly Cowling
Dyhrddrdh Colby and Kelly Cowling
The folk of Middle-earth
The folk of Middle-earth

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Nerd Love Is True Love: A Valentine’s Day Sing-Along and Sale

It was an out-of-this-world Valentine’s shiny shindig at Nerd Love Is True Love: A Valentine’s Day Sing-along & Sale. The Grey Havens Group and guests sang almost twenty songs from science fiction and fantasy movies and television, with prizes for Nerd trivia, plentiful Geek food, and cool crafts.  All this fun to raise funds for the family literacy events of The Grey Havens Group!

accio nerd

Donna Clement’s “Accio Nerd,” an enchantment summoning Nerds everywhere!

From Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "I've Got a Theory""It could be bunnies!"
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “I’ve Got a Theory”
“It could be bunnies!”
From Labyrinth, "Dance Magic Dance""What kind of magic spell to use"
From Labyrinth, “Dance Magic Dance”
“What kind of magic spell to use”
From The Hobbit, "Misty Mountains""We must away, ere break of day"
From The Hobbit, “Misty Mountains”
“We must away, ere break of day”
From Firefly, "The Hero of Canton""Now here is what separates heroes from common folk"
From Firefly, “The Hero of Canton”
“Now here is what separates heroes from common folk”
From Doctor Demento, "Star Trekkin'""It's life, Jim, but not as we know it, not as we know it!"
From Doctor Demento, “Star Trekkin'”
“It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it, not as we know it!”

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The Hobbit Marionettes Made by Bill Johnk

Clay Evans and Bill Johnk show us Bilbo
Clay Evans and Bill Johnk show us Bilbo

On this evening Clay Evans arranged for artist Bill Johnk to visit Grey Havens to tell how he brought The Hobbit to life long ago with his wonderful marionettes.  When Clay was a youth in Boulder, Colorado in 1974, he attended one of Johnk’s performances.  That enchanted evening stayed with Clay through the decades that followed, and in 2012 he interviewed Johnk and wrote an article about his Hobbit artistry. So it was a very special privilege for Grey Havens to hear Bill’s moving tales of how he created these marvelously sculpted magic marionettes, and how he tragically lost them.

Johnk Marionettes