Winternights 2013 report

On November 10, 2013 Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate its sixteenth Winternights. We met at the Pueblo Montaño trailhead on an afternoon whose warm weather made a pleasant contrast to the weather of the previous year. We met many others in the area enjoying the respite from the cold and the fall colors of the Bosque as we made our way to our destination on the bank of the Rio Grande, the same site we had used the previous two years. The familiar wildlife of the years before 2012 was back; we saw and heard a number of ducks, crows, cranes, and other birds as we walked. Continue reading

Midsummer 2013 Report

On June 23, 2013 Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate Midsummer. The drought of the previous years had continued and worsened, and much of the open space in and around the city was closed to the public. Fortunately for the Hall, Schuyler volunteered the use of his land in the mountains, and we were able to celebrate outdoors, surrounded by trees. Continue reading

Winternights 2012 report

Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate its fifteenth Winternights November 10, 2012. While for the most part the weather to date had been warm and dry, the morning we met at the Pueblo Montaño trailhead was cold, overcast, and windy. Intermittent drops of rain fell as we made our way to our destination on the bank of the Rio Grande, the same site we had used last year. Perhaps because of the weather, we saw less wildlife than in previous visits, though we did see a few ducks and crows, and at least once we heard the sound of cranes flying overhead. Continue reading

Midsummer 2012 Report

On June 17, 2012 Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate Midsummer in the Sandia Foothills, using the same ritual site as the previous year. As with 2011, the city and surrounding areas had been suffering drought, but it was not so severe that we had to worry that our chosen site would be closed to the public. Continue reading

Midsummer 2011 Report

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On June 26, 2011 Keeper of Seasons Hall met in the Sandia Foothills to celebrate Midsummer, returning to a site we had not used for that holiday since 2007. Though we had originally planned to meet in the Bosque, a few days before our celebration city officials decided to close the area. Extremely dry conditions had created severe fire danger in many parts of the state; even our site in the Foothills was closed not many days after we had met there. Continue reading

Winternights 2010 report

On November 7, 2010 Keeper of Seasons Hall celebrated Winternights on the bank of the Rio Grande in the Bosque. The day of the celebration was unusually warm, even with the mild onset of winter that has become a regular feature of Albuquerque for the past few years; the sun shone brightly, and the temperature approached (though did not quite reach) 70 degrees Fahrenheit. We met at the Montaño trailhead, chatted for a time, and headed to our site, an area the Hall has used a number of times now. Though we did not see as many cranes or geese as in previous years, we saw quite a few ducks and many times heard the raucous cries of crows and ravens in the trees.

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Midsummer 2009 report

On June 27, 2009 Keeper of Seasons Hall met in the Bosque near the Montaño trailhead to hold the year’s Midsummer Blót.  Though this summer had been cooler and wetter than usual thus far, it was still warm enough that we decided, as in previous years, to meet early in the day to avoid the worst of the heat.  The unusual amount of rain in the weeks leading up to the blót meant that the plant life of the Bosque was much greener and more lush than last year, and in addition to the usual bird life (including cranes flying overhead), we encountered large numbers of toads, frogs, lizards, insects, and small mammals on our way to the blót site. Continue reading

Spring/Sigrblot 2009 report

With Pete needing to leave soon for training to deploy to Iraq, Keeper of Seasons Hall met on April 11, 2009 for a combination spring and victory blót.  The weather during the days was still shifting back and forth from warm spring to lingering winter, but we were done with overnight freezes.  In order to include as many Hall members and family as possible, including those who were getting over illnesses or recovering from triathlon participation, and to avoid any possible rain or hail, we decided to meet at one of our member’s homes and have a blót and potluck there.   Debbie and I had the honor of hosting the event. Continue reading