Steady crowd at Festival of Light

November 07, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. -- A steady crowd attended Saturday's opening day of the 11th annual Berkeley Springs Festival of Light at the Ice House.

Maryelen Willinghan, who organizes the festival with vendor Bobbie Rohn, said the festival focuses on spiritual, physical and emotional self-healing.

Willinghan, a Berkeley Springs native, said she always has been interested in spiritual stuff, which includes the unknown and paranormal activities. She has studied different religions and anything spiritual, she said.

Willinghan said when the festival began, it had about 20 vendors. It now has more than 40 vendors who travel from the four-state area.

The festival includes tarot readings, reflexology, dowsing and massage therapy, as well as crystals, jewelry, herbs and essential oils. Workshops and lectures also are offered.


Donna Wallace of Dream Sister Studio in Gerrardstown, W.Va., makes jewelry and ceramics. The handmade ceramic sacred vessels are to be used to place "wishes, dreams or prayers for others," she said.

Each sacred vessel hangs on a tree branch she gathered from the woods where she lives.

Wallace's vessel design is influenced by Native American and Oriental ideas, she said, but the added tree branch is her own.

She believes as the Native Americans do that "all living things are part of each other," she said. "I follow that belief that everything is connected."

Ingrid Jolly of Linden, Va., provides aura photography and advice on how to keep the aura strong.

Lisa Foster, who works with Jolly, said "the photo shows you your aura and what the colors mean, and you can learn ways on how to keep it healthy."

More than 300 people are expected to attend the event, Willinghan said.

If you go

What: 11th annual Berkeley Springs Festival of Light

When: Today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Ice House, corner of Mercer and Independence streets, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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