Lectures and Workshops by Kenny Klein

 

Kenny Klein is a well known musician, author, and lecturer in the Pagan community. Kenny has recorded many CDs geared toward Pagan and Renaissance Festival audiences; He is the author of The Flowering Rod, Men, Sex and Spirituality, (Immanion, 2009), a book about men's Wicca, and Through the Faerie Glass: A Look at the Realm of Unseen and Enchanted Beings (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2010). Kenny has been a presenter and musical performer at dozens of festivals, including Pagan Spirit Gathering, Free Spirit Gathering, Heartland festival, Starwood, PantheaCon, Ancient Ways, Florida Pagan Fest, and many others. Visit Kenny's website at http://www.kennyklein.net/ , and at www.myspace.com/kennykleinmusic.

Grimms Fairy Tales: What Your Mother Didn't Tell You!: Growing up, we all heard the stories of Snow White, Red Riding Hood, and Beauty and the Beast. But each of these tales comes from older, darker tales, and carries with it dark, erotic underpinnings. Kenny Klein explores the deep meanings of the tales collected by the Grimms, adding material from traditional songs and older myths to give a view of the real stories of these characters. Kenny Klein is a well known performer and presenter, and author of Through the Faerie Glass: A Look at the Realm of Unseen and Enchanted Beings (Llewellyn 2010). Recommended for adults and mature teens.

Fairy Tale Rituals: We grew up with the characters who inhabit tales collected by the Grimms Brothers, and know them better than we know many of our adult friends. Kenny Klein explores our connections to Snow White, Beauty, and Red Riding Hood, who we learn are characters who have dark secrets to reveal: and shows how we can use these friends of our childhood to create rituals based on the iconic heroes and heroines of the Grimms tales. Kenny Klein is a well known performer and presenter, and author of Through the Faerie Glass: A Look at the Realm of Unseen and Enchanted Beings (Llewellyn 2010). Recommended for adults and mature teens.

An Opinionated History of Pagan Music: Trace the history of modern Pagan music from its origins in the 70s to the present day. Who were the first musicians of the Pagan community? How did festivals and Pagan publications influence the music Pagans listen to today? Join Kenny Klein for discussion and examples of the songs we Pagans sing.

The Lost Secrets of Wicca: As Wicca becomes more popular, and the coven structure is replaced by festivals, open circles and solitaries, many of the most magical and powerful traditions of the Craft are lost or forgotten. Kenny Klein explores some of the great secrets taught in the traditional coven structure, such as the Tenets of Faith, the Paths Of Power, the full Wiccan Rede (all 28 lines), and older Pagan traditions.

Fairy Lore in British Folk Music: Kenny explores portrayals of Fairies, Werefoxes and Underworld creatures in traditional British Isles folk music. See how the creatures of Fairie were viewed by folklore from ancient times, to the views of Victorian balladeers. Learn about changelings, Selkies, and the Fairy Queen. Kenny Klein is a well known performer and presenter, and author of Through the Faerie Glass: A Look at the Realm of Unseen and Enchanted Beings (Llewellyn 2010).

The Erotic World of Fairie: Sexuality In British Fairy Lore: How does folklore view the sexuality of the creatures we know as Fairies, Elves and Selkies? Kenny explores the erotic conduct of magical creatures, consorting with each other and with humans. Learn why certain creatures were to be avoided for their sexual whiles, and why it is best to stay away from the roses of Carter Hall. Kenny Klein is a well known performer and presenter, and author of Through the Faerie Glass: A Look at the Realm of Unseen and Enchanted Beings (Llewellyn 2010). Recommended for adults and mature teens.

Blythe and Pullip Dolls; Meet-Up and Customization Demo: Blythe, Pullip and Ball Joint Dolls (BJD) are Japanese dolls that are becoming a very popular obsession among collectors of all ages in our communities. Not a child's doll, these dolls can be dressed and customized to be dainty, creepy, eerie or dramatic. If you collect these dolls, here is a chance to come meet other collectors. If you do not have a doll, but are interested in seeing them, knowing more about them and learning how to customize them, join us. Kenny Klein is a Blythe Doll customizer, and will present a demo on opening Blythe's head, changing her eyes,and replacing her scalp and hair. If you have a doll, please bring her (or him). See Kenny's dolls at www.kennyklein.net/dolls.html .

What is Traditional Wicca?: Kenny Klein explores the oldest traditions of the religion we now call Wicca, from its roots in Neolithic animism to its practice in such places as the New Forest of England and the Witches Tower region of Alsace. How much has changed in the Pagan Wicca we practice today? How much remains the same? Learn the lore and history of this seminal Pagan tradition, and how its practice has changed in modern years.

The History of Modern Paganism: How did the religions we practice today take form? Where did it come from? Do we do the same rituals as ancient Witches dancing the ancient bonfires? This highly informative, slightly opinionated lecture explores the history of Paganism, from its ancient roots to modern practice. Learn why 1951 and 1979 were very good years for Pagans, and why you might want to have shaken hands with Alex Sanders.



All workshops and lectures can be tailored to suit a timeslot of one hour to two hours.

 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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