Sunday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 20
Vinotok – Myth, Meaning & Ritual: 6 – 7 p.m.
Discover the secrets behind the flame. Learn the ancient lore, origins, history and mystery. Call your questions in to KBUT for a live Q&A.
Tuesday, September 15
Celebration of the Harvest Mother: 6 – 7 p.m.
Celebrate the Harvest Mother with a radio theatre presentation of this year’s chosen, discussions, poetry and storytelling of the earth mother archetype. Call your questions in to KBUT for a live Q&A.
Wednesday, September 16
Frank Orazem Memorial Storytelling Evening: 6 – 7 p.m. on KBUT.
This year Vinotok is Ecstatic to present Phyllis Charlene Spann Guerrieri reading stories from her book, Pure Joy.
Thursday, September 17
The Botsie Spritzer Memorial Invitational Liar’s Contest: 6 – 7 p.m. on KBUT
Vinotok curates a list of champions from previous Liar’s Night performances for a judged radio competition and the declaration of the quintessential Vinotok Liar’s Champion in all the land.
Friday, September 18
Community Feast & Handfasting Ceremony: 6 – 7 p.m. on KBUT
While you’re stirring up delectable food from your Community Feast Box, tune into KBUT for a non-denominational Community Handfasting Ceremony, music with Lizzy Plotkin, and call-in toasts and dedications.
Saturday, September 19
Trial of the Grump: 8 – 9 p.m. on KBUT
Has it been awhile since you really heard the Trial of the Grump? Catch every word in a radio theatre production at its finest!
Vinotok Community Events:
Friday, September 18. $70 for a box for 2; $120 for a box for 4 ($35 per meal), each includes a complimentary bottle of Vinotok Village Zinfandel.
The locally and regionally harvested, organic Vinotok Community Feast is on with feast boxes! These delightful boxes are an experience in and of themselves, containing all the raw ingredients necessary for you and the loved ones of your household to prepare the full feast (excluding staples such as salt or oil) at home, accompanied by traditional recipes and instructions; special Vinotok bread from Mountain Oven; homemade pickles from Ellen’s Pickles; and flowers for the table. Each box also contains a blessing from the Harvest Mother and Green Man; a traditional potica bread family recipe from generational Buttian Trudy Yaklich; and a Grump & Gratitude form all designed with original artwork and calligraphy by Peggy Morgan Stenmark. Our very own local Buckel Family Wines has brewed a very special Vinotok Village Zinfandel for the occasion with original label artwork by Steph White. Buy an extra bottle at Mountain Spirits for $20 while supplies last. We cannot accommodate substitutions or changes to the boxes. You must be 21 to order a Feast Box. Order at www.vinotok.org beginning Friday, September 4. Pick-ups at the Depot: Thursday, September 17, 6 – 8 p.m.; and Friday, September 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Balance & Reciprocity
Vinotok Altars, generously sponsored by local businesses, have been popping up on Elk Avenue for several years. This year, the Vinotok Altars represent the archetypes of Vinotok, such as the Harvest Mother, Green Man, the Knight, the Earth Dragon and beyond! While some remain on Elk, others migrate into nature and our Wastelands, places scarred by our mining history in need of healing. Grab a map from the website, and strike out on your own self-directed Vinotok Pilgrimage as it moves through a host of temporary art installations throughout the area. Each stop offers mythological information and instructions for a special activity. Then, in the spirit of balance and reciprocity, leave a sentiment of gratitude for the land that holds that altar. Altars to be installed Sunday, September 13 with maps and supplemental activity and mythological information at www.vinotok.org.
The Fire Circle
Banishing & Beckoning
Each year at Vinotok we banish our grumps by writing them on slips of paper, stuffing Grump Boxes stashed throughout town, and burning them with the actual Grump (assuming he’s found guilty at the Trial). This year, a singular Grump Box will be at the Vinotok Fire Circle at the four-way, along with the Grump itself, beginning Sunday, September 13. There, walk the labyrinth, get rid of your grumps, and hang your blessings and beckonings on the community prayer flag. Activities on the Vinotok Pilgrimage of the altars lead into the Fire Circle with supplemental instructions on the website. Please note there will be no public burning of the Grump. But please be assured, your Grumps, collectively with the rest of the community’s, will be transformed.