On July 10th, the Bardic Jam returns. For some of those who remember, the first one was held in 2004 and continued for a while until a saddening break of several years. Back in 2010, it arose anew with new folks and the same name to serve the community as a weekend of fun, poetry, and song. Being hosted by Paradise Pines, this is a clothing optional event that casts off the cares of the mundane world and allows the attendees to embrace the wonder of creation.
This is a rustic camping style event. That means, bring your feast bundles, your festival gear, and camping supplies. There is no running water, so plan accordingly. Also, it is good to remember that this event will be held rain or shine, so knowing the Land of the Fresh Water Seas, it would be wise to pack several waterproof items....just in case.
This is an event that is well loved by our community, as it gives everyone the chance to express their creative selves in a safe and loving space. The stage is open to all manner of musicians and bards. Story tellers, poets, even karaoke performers are just as well loved here as the professional musician. All you need is the fire in the heart to get up there and sing your song, whatever that may be.
A family friendly event, you will see many children enjoying the beauty of this happening with their parents. Because of this, remember that the venue is definitely a PG rated event insofar as displays of public affection, so discretion is best. There will be lots of nature for them to explore, and it is a great time to teach the children about what skyclad is and is not in a real life setting with real people.
If you have a drum, bring it, and maybe there will be a drum circle. You never really know what could happen, because it all can happen. And it is all joyous.
As with all festival camping events, you should remember to bring food you enjoy, and that can be held in a cooler or at room temperature. There is no electricity, so now refrigerator items please. But fear not, there will be food available if you plan poorly or are a little peckish for something else prepared by loving hands.
The organizers let everyone know
"Bring something for breakfast to throw on the grill or bring your own breakfast food. Bring a dish to pass for Saturday potluck (Friday dinner is on your own). There is a fire pit where you can cook your meals, or you can babysit it at my grill. There will be coffee in the morning, all morning, or all day if you want to heat it up"
But also, they will providing a tasty pork loin prepared several ways, ham, and what not. Snacks to gnosh will also be there. Alcoholic beverages are permitted by those over 21 only, and any glass should be disposed of properly. Always clean up after yourself and leave no traces.
This year, the cost is $45 for the whole weekend, however those arriving on or after Saturday may qualify for a special rate. Proceeds from the will benefit Pagans in Need, a wonderful volunteer driven charity here in Southeastern Michigan. They have helped many, Pagan and Non Pagan alike, and are a worthy cause.
Also, children 17 and under are free.
For more information, please visit their Facebook page.
Paradise Pines is located at 11110 Imlay City Rd. in Emmett.