This group exists because of both a joke and a dream. Three of us had returned from a very cold camp out and were bitterly complaining that there needed to be a gathering in warm weather. Around a campfire, a little spark was born. We picked probably the hottest Pagan holiday one could have in the Midwest. The celebration is Lammas, or the celebration of the first harvest.
What began as a desire to have a campout with our friends in warm weather has evolved into a very close-knit working group from all over the United States. Our committee has had members from New York and Ohio to California and many points in between. Lammasfest attendees come mostly from the Midwest, but we’ve also had guests both coasts and Canada. We are thrilled to think that our gathering has all the earmarks of a large festival. It has taken a lot of hard work from many dedicated people to bring you this event. We hope you enjoy it.
Kate – A solitary practitioner following an eclectic blend of Celtic, Native American and Angel beliefs. Kate works at an area teaching hospital in the wee hours of the day, and then works Reflexology magic as well as Pain Management and Reiki at her own business, suitably named A Touch of Sole. Kate is also a published writer and currently is working on several projects as well as researching material on a serious sociological book. She lives in the Iowa City/Coralville area with her spouse, her various animal friends, and is fortunate to have all children and grandchildren (and now GREAT grandchildren!) living nearby.
Amanda – An eclectic solitary Wiccan who has lived in southeastern Iowa her whole life. She believes in reinventing oneself as often as possible. She has a degree in business management, runs her own soap and bath product business and spends her days teaching 3 year olds. She has been a vendor at Lammas Fest for several years and she loves working with the wonderful people to put on a great festival.
Altair – An eclectic pagan whose path grew out of his job 16 years ago as a research physiologist. It could best be described as Gaian – working with the energy of the whole Earth as a single, physical, biological, living super-organism. Still a biologist, he teaches medicine at a small college in northern Iowa. He is also a mythology and folklore nut, and tries to absorb any legend he can, especially Greek, Celtic, or Sumerian/Babylonian. His other full-time job is to drive his wife and two kids crazy with science or mythological non sequiturs.