Do you believe in faeries? I wasn’t sure, but after I attended FaerieCon, I was convinced. FaerieCon was held in Baltimore, Maryland on November 12-14, 2010. The first thing that caught my attention were the amazing costumes worn by participants and retailers. I took some pictures to show you exactly what I’m talking about.
The best faerie authors, artists, and illustrators were in attendance. Some of those notable young adult fantasy authors included Jane Yolen (The Devil’s Arithmetic, Owl Moon), Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely series), and Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver, Linger). Each participated in panel discussions, took pictures with fans, and signed autographs. Michael Hague, one the America’s foremost illustrators, along with Jane Yolen were the Guests of Honor.
FaerieCon also offered lots of courses which included Fairy Godmother Academy, Drawing and Sculpting classes, and Oracle reading lessons. I took part in the Oracle reading lessons which included a meditation into Faerie. I can’t say that I saw a faerie, but I can tell you that one of the mischievous ones followed me around for the rest of the day. Strange things happened like the batteries fell out of my camera, forgetting to lock my car door, walking away from a vendor without my credit card, etc.
Along with the courses were rooms of some of the most beautiful faerie merchandise I’ve ever seen that included books, music, artwork, jewelry, clothing, and items for your home. Saturday and Sunday closed with the Good Faeries/Bad Faeries Masquerade Balls. This was so much fun. I couldn’t believe the beautiful costumes, wings, and painted faces that filled the room. The good/bad faeries balls also featured live music by Woodland, Gypsy Nomad, Faun, Cecile Corbel, and Adam Hurst.
I had the most amazing time and I will be back next year. As a matter of fact, FaerieWorld LLC will be hosting the Mythic Faire March 11-14, 2011 which I will also be attending. The Mythic Faire or RenConvention, is a celebration of world creation, time travel and fantastic realms. More information here: http://www.renconvention.com