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Woodstock on the moon

Poster used for Woodstock on the Moon, the third annual event of the Grove Gathering.

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A patch of yellow wildflowers grew in the record rains in a area where workshops had been held the previous year (colors magically enhanced).

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Yellow wild flowers sprouted in what the previous year was a clearing with little more than drying grass.

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What had been little more than a "mud hole" was filled with water due to both record rain for the season and the help of a backhoe. The new swimming spot got named "Blue Mermaid Pond."

Woodstock on the Moon was a name given to the third Grove Gathering which was held in 2019.

The event was moved from July to June in hopes of cooler weather. It was held from Friday, June 14, to Sunday, June 16. It was named in honor of the 50th anniversary of both the Woodstock Music & Art Fair and the first human landing on the moon. Because of harassment and threats, it was invitation only, and the dates and place were a mystery until after it was over.


The event began on Friday, but several people helped set up the day before. Moving and clearing the path was done even earlier. The main pavilion was set up. This year had something new, a place to swim. What had been a mud pit had been dug deeper with a backhoe and there was trench leading to it. With high rains throughout the spring, there was plenty of water for swimming. The few people there built a campfire and had singing and dancing.


Most people who attended belonged to one of the pagan groups in the area. Some of them and others were Discordians and SubGenii and Pastafarians. All attendants were nudist, although not all were nude all the time. There was a "troll booth" people had to check through before entering The Grove, but admission was by donation. Like last year there were four portapotties and mobile home bathrooms available. There was a short opening ceremony and singing and dancing and the Cloved Lemon Kissing Game. In honor of Jimi Hendrix at the first Woodstock and Flag Day, a guitarist played "The Star-Spangled Banner."


There was a dancing and drumming workshop. People played "Squirrel Spotting" because there were many more squirrels than before. Many people swam in the new swimming hole. The evening had singing, dancing, and magic tricks by a professional magician. The site had the world premiere of the SubGenius song "Battle Hymn of the SubGenius" from The SubGenius Hymnal.


People played games including passing a cloved lemon, swam, and did other activities. After a rain break, the closing ceremony was held. The highlight was a juggler and magician doing an act while making a marriage proposal. The hoped for bride accepted.

Awards were passed out, but some of these were tongue-in-cheek. Best Marriage Proposal of course went to the juggler-magician. For the third year in a row, Disco-Rdian Dancing Trip won the Weird Dancing Award. Best Wearable Art went to Gypsie Skripto for a skirt made of natural material on site; "Battle Hymn of the SubGenius" won for best hymn, and "Gatherington Gazette" was awarded as the name for the Grove Gathering newspaper. There was a contest to name next year's event, but the name was decided later.

For those who wanted to stay after, there was a ceremony for the full moon and for Midsummer.