Sparks Park Activities for 2019

Schedule-At-A-Glance

Thursday, May 16, 2019
12-1pm: Volunteer Sign-Up—Sparks Park Staff
1-5pm: Supervised Activities—Sparks Park Staff

Friday, May 17, 2019
8:30-9am: Morning Verse—Jane Quadri
9-10am: Volunteer Sign-Up—Sparks Park Staff
10-11:30am: Supervised Activities—Sparks Park Staff
1-2:30pm: Supervised Activities—Sparks Park Staff
1-2:30pm: T-Shirt Braiding (ages 9 and up at the Teen Center)—Bria Metal
4-5:30pm: Recycled Planters—Brittany Sorrels
5:30-7:30pm: Family Fire Circle

Saturday, May 18, 2019
8:30-9am: Morning Verse—Jane Quadri
9-10am: Volunteer Sign-Up—Sparks Park Staff
9-10am: Empowerment Movement (ages 9 and up at the Teen Center)—Heidi Eldridge
10-11:30am: Supervised Activities—Sparks Park Staff
1-2:30pm: Crowns and Wands—Jane Quadri
4-5pm: Supervised Activities—Sparks Park Staff
5-5:30pm: Children’s Maypole (for all ages at the Maypole next to the pavilion)

Sunday, May 19, 2019
8:30-9am: Morning Verse—Jane Quadri
9-10am: Kids Yoga—Heidi Eldridge
10-11:30am: String Painting—Bria Metal

Please note: Some activities are offered more than once or can be done outside scheduled times. Please check the schedule in your program or check in with the Sparks Park coordinator, Jane, when you arrive at the festival.

Activities

THURSDAY, May 16

12-1pm: Volunteer Sign-Up
Sign in your children and sign up for your volunteer shift!

1-5pm: Supervised Activities
Volunteers
Volunteers will oversee children and provide access to crafts and coloring books, storytelling, sports, games, small world creation centers, fairy gardens, water and bubble play, and pop-up activities offered by festival attendees.

FRIDAY, May 17

8:30-9am: Morning Verse
Jane Quadri
Bring your little ones and join in the fun through meaningful words, affirmations, gentle movement and song. Let’s set the tone for the day by joining our community in unity.

Jane Quadri has always had a strong connection with nature and spirit. She has been a practicing pagan for more than 25 years and counts Starhawk and Waldorf-education founder Rudolf Steiner as two of her greatest influences. She has taught and cared for children for over 40 years in addition to raising her own daughter. Nowadays, she also has the joy of getting to spend time with her grandson. Jane is enthusiastic about sharing her vision for the children’s activities area with the Blue Ridge Beltane festival and community.

10-11:30am: Supervised Activities
Volunteers
See previous description.

1-2:30pm: Supervised Activities
Volunteers
See previous description.

1-2:30pm: T-Shirt Braiding (for ages 9 and up at the Teen Center)
Bria Metal
Turn an ordinary t-shirt into a fashion statement. Tee shirts provided but feel free to bring a tee you want to upgrade!

Bria Metal is a full-time college student and mother of two who loves laughter, science, and the arts. As a lifelong artist, she has studied painting, ceramics, and sociology. She eventually plans to enter the nursing program at PVCC. Bria is into Green Witchery and has two certifications in Thai Yoga Massage. She attended trade school for Esthetics and tutored under Lisa Adams there.

4-5:30pm: Recycled Planters
Brittany Sorrels
Learn how to create planters out of cardboard egg cartons, leftover citrus rinds, outdated newspapers, and discarded toilet paper rolls. Enjoy some fresh lemonade and continue to grow and cultivate the Blue Ridge Beltane magic at home with these bee-friendly mystery seeds.

Brittany Sorrels is the Marketing Coordinator and Communications Chair for Blue Ridge Beltane. She co-facilitates Earth Church in downtown Staunton, and she is a co-priestess of Shenandoah Valley Reclaiming. She graduated from Mary Baldwin University in 2018 with a B.A. in English with minors in creative writing and communications, and she is currently putting her many skills to use as a household manager and stay-at-home-parent in addition to her many roles in the local Pagan community. She and her partner, Steven, already have two amazing, compassionate, strong-willed, and fiercely independent children and are expecting to welcome another one to their brood shortly after this year’s festival.

5:30-7pm: Family Fire Circle at Sparks Park
Bring food, songs, and stories to share around the fire!

SATURDAY, May 18

8:30-9am: Morning Verse
Jane Quadri
See previous description.

9-10am: Volunteer Sign-Up
Sign in your children and sign up for your volunteer shift!

9-10am: Empowerment Movement (for ages 9 and up at the Teen Center)
Heidi Eldridge
This active workshop is meant to provide a welcoming space to honor the divine in YOU through movement. Tweens and teens will unleash their creativity, cultivate energy and freedom of expression, and get a little wild, all in an empowering and judgement-free zone. Shimmy, hoop, dance, pounce, bend, and flow. Bring an open mind and be prepared to move and have fun.

Heidi Eldridge B.A., M.Ed, NCC is a licensed counselor specializing in children and adolescents. She is mama bear to three wild things. Heidi is a firm believer and follower of the therapeutic and holistic benefits of movement, creative expression, and nature. She loves all things wild and free. She is an avid yogi, mud runner, and healer. Heidi was raised as a devout Roman Catholic, but she began questioning her faith as she grew older, especially as a woman and feminist. When she lost her dad unexpectedly, she began looking at death and living differently – enter existentialism. She realized she felt closer to her father and the divine when she was in nature or in her own world of creative expression than in any church. When Heidi began reading books on Wicca and Paganism, she finally felt she had found her spiritual home.

10-11:30am: Supervised Activities
Volunteers
See previous description.

1-2:30pm: Crowns and Wands Playshop
Jane Quadri
Create crowns and wands for the Maypole dance from ribbons, flowers, and glitter.

4-5pm: Supervised Activities
Volunteers
See previous description.

5pm: Children’s Maypole (at the Maypole next to the pavilion)
Jane Quadri
Dance and sing around the children’s maypole. Children and families of all ages welcome! NEW THIS YEAR! The children’s maypole will be incorporated into the main maypole ritual.

SUNDAY, May 19

8:30-9am: Morning Verse
Jane Quadri
See previous description.

9-10am: Kids Yoga
Heidi Eldridge
This movement based workshop will introduce your wild ones to animal and element asanas (yoga poses), a simplified sun and moon salutation, circle dance, and hoop fun. Come energized and ready to play, pounce, move and groove, shimmy and shake, and ROAR.

10-11:30am: String Painting
Bria Metal
Try a new spin on creating art by combining string and paint! Your little ones will craft exciting new masterpieces to take home and learn a new talent.