It's always painful to be at the center of a dispute amongst friends. I refused to take sides or repeat gossip, so completely bowed out of the event and the secondary events that spawned in its place.
Instead, I spent some time perusing the local state parks and compiled what I hope will be a beautiful private Midsummer weekend for our little family. I found a campground with wooded sites and a sandy beach to splash in.
I also found a white tail deer rescue that allows the children to bottle feed fawns, pet the deer, and watch the bucks at play. I hope that the infusion of stag energy will boost our Litha celebration.
We freshened up our camping supplies and cleaned off our campfire pie makers. I have pulled the wagon out of storage so that we can haul firewood to build a sacred balefire saturday evening.
Healthy Mama has these simple instructions for making grass dolls that I hope to add twigs to in order to mimic the grand wicker men that will be burned at festivals across the globe (Wicker Man, Burning Man, etc.)
I own a camp stove, but I still think it's best to cook over the fire. Between campfire pizza pies and jumbo marshmallows to toast, I think the kids will be well fed. There's just something primal and sacred about cooking a meal over the fire (even for vegetarians). It's easy to get fancy-schmancy with campfire pies, but I don't want to stress out by overdoing something basic. Kids Fun Review keeps it simple.