October 20th, 2016
December 13th, 2015
Here’s another invite just to keep on reminding you. This was sent out to theillalogicalspoon email list. I have no idea how up to date that list is and who gets it that doesn’t want it and who doesn’t get it that does want it, but it’s a tradition to send out a winter gathering email and I like tradition.
“I love the summers in this land. But I also love the feel of winter winds against my cheek, when the snow squeals underfoot, and the ptarmigan, the white grouse, come whirling down from the mountain peaks once more… to talk along the valley by my house. I love the colors of the bleak wastelands where nobody goes, when the circling sun falls low, and the leaves hang and rattle in the wind, and cranberries turn to mahogany brown, and frosted blueberries taste of wine, then my cabin on the river will be snug and tight against the arctic gale. When wild grass has turned to hay and the wild geese wing their way once more over mountain and valley to the southern land below, the canoe is put away and the snowshoe will appear. But when the arctic turns to green again and the geese return with the sun I shall take my canoe from off the tall cache, and I shall travel on the river to see some new place.”
-Constance Helmericks from We Live In The Arctic
You are hereby joyfully encouraged to meet up in the great lakes bioregion, north woods of michigan, jordan river valley, town of east jordan at
martha wagbo farm and education center (http://www.wagbo.org/)
for the eleventh annual winter gathering!
Monday – Thursday will feature various ongoing skills shares (acorn processing, fire starting, fishing, brewing, etc…) nature hikes exploring multiple areas of the Jordan river valley, movie nights (a winter series of films on people, plants and other animals adapting and thriving in the cold northern lands) and lots of time to just hang out and do whatever we want to do together.
Friday – Sunday will have a full schedule including, but not limited to concerts both friday and saturday night. Organized discussions (on topics such as rewilding, ecological restoration, permaculture, spirituality, and technology). Potluck meals. Games. Head dunking in a cold river. Wildness!!!!!!!!!!
more info to come….
we are excited to be experimenting for the first time this year with officially expanding the event to a full week (it has often turned into that anyhow. soon we may have to call it a festival) and traveling beyond the Jackson area (making it a longer drive for most, but who’s counting, right?). we anticipate that many of you will share our enthusiasm and join the adventure!
see you all soon!
-with love and a longing for colder weather,
the editor in the cabin
November 23rd, 2015
Fall is fading to winter. The Great Lakes bio region is covered in snow. A great time to practice tracking. This morning I thought perhaps a fox had walked in front of my cabin, but after studying a bit I realized it was just the neighboring house cat. Obviously I need a lot of practice. Tracking is just one of the many activities we may get to do together at this seasons 11th annual winter gathering. You are all invited. We are very excited to be taking a field trip away from southern Michigan to Up North where there is even more snow and it is even colder! January 22-24 we will celebrate land, community, winter, and the hope of a wilder future for us and our children as we share skills, stories, food, music and all good things. Join us at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Educational Center in East Jordan Michigan. More info to come…
update: there will actually be workshops and other events happening all week leading up to the official winter gathering weekend. so come early and stay late. a schedule will be published soon.
if you have questions or want to know how to help contact Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2nd, 2015
“Be quiet more. Listen to the earth instead of building things on it all the time.” -from Neither Wolf Nor Dog
“If only you’d remember before ever you sit down to write that you’ve been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world you would most want to read if you had your heart’s choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself.” -from Seymour: An Introduction
Remember that before you were writing songs for a band you were a listener. What do you want to hear? Sing that.
Owls? Yes, we like to hear owls too. They don’t need our songs. Go quietly into the night. Learn to sing their song back to them and sometimes this will inspire one to come close (See: How To Spot An Owl by Patricia Talyor Sutton and Clay Sutton). That is your applause if you need. One night you may listen for owls and hear coyotes instead. Well done! The earth abounds with melody and rhythm even as the soundtrack of the landscape begins to quiet down with the changing of the season. Even as the song of the wild world is drowned out with civilized noise.
Two links shared in the spirit of listening:
1) A recent episode of John Zerzan’s radio show. Around 5 or so minutes into the program he reads from a new essay of his all about listening.
2)Joanna Newsom is releasing a new album called Divers on October 23. All of her music is worth attentive and repeated listening! Here is the first single from it:
“For a songwriter, you don’t really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening… Any place is good for eavesdropping, if you know how to eavesdrop.” -Tom Waits
July 29th, 2015
8/15 Chicago, IL The Wilson Abbey Theater
8/17 Elkhart, IN Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
8/20 Otisville, MI Covenant Hills Camp
8/21 Brooklyn, MI Holler Fest
hi friends. we hope to see you at one of our midwest shows this august!
and soon after that we hope to complete and finally release the second half our our last album “The Great Wound and The Wild Joy”
it has been 2 years since part A: Roar Again came out. part B was recorded during the same sessions as part A, but we’ve been very slow about finishing the final details and making those last additions and subtractions. now it is getting very close to complete and we believe it will have been worth the wait…
February 2nd, 2015
And the survey says: this past wondrous winter gathering came after the globaly hottest year on record, and we had our own share of superlatives in little ol’ jackson on the night of the 17th! The entirety of the gathering was woven together with strands of ecstasy and trauma, as is all of life. There were so many of y’all bringing your fuel for the flames some were afraid the whole town might burn. Like a cloud of swallows over the trailer park pond our dance of socializing made it hard to get an exact number… Even though our dogs stayed home there were still a lot of animals, and we’re calling it the biggest winter gathering yet– we’re pretty sure we (just barely) reached the triple digits for attendance. Dare anyone claim overpopulation? Let’s find out. We’re asking you all for feedback on your winter gathering experience.
Were you serenaded by the singer/songwriters at cuppa while sipping your pour-overs? Did you scrape your knee (“it is only skin…”) during the outdoor games? Was your favorite part walking through the scenic bookstore to find the upstairs (“o, where is your inflammatory writ”)? Whose chili was best in the chili cookoff? Did you wish there was more time for open mic? Did drunken party-goers spoil all of your fun? Was a night spent in Prison City worthy of a new tatoo: “best time of my life! 1-17-15”? Did you sleep like a baby in the stacks (or in the room for babies)? Were the breakfast pancakes just too tasty? Did you leave running away with haste, or slowly sauntering with sadness while giving the Tipton wave?
Let us know your thoughts and feelings! We’re not “over it”, yet still we wonder if a winter gathering #11 would be worth our time, or if we should spend all next winter in hibernation instead. Serenade us or shout out a short or long reply ASAP at email@example.com.
Thanks for the fun, food, friendship, forgiveness, and feedback.
Trying not to let the remaining glowing coals go out,
December 26th, 2014
we know (we don’t know), finally!! (already?)
we’ve patiently waited 4 whole seasons for the next Winter Gathering on the edge of our seats, and here it comes. we’re drowning in birthday cakes, but we are so excited to announce that wg#10 is gonna touch so many extremes at same time you won’t know which way is up!! we’ve missed you all so much, and we can’t wait to cozy up on the proverbial bear-skin rug. last year we went our separate ways just as a snowstorm that only a chickadee could brave came a-raging. come back, it is time! this year we’re going to have all of the 90’s Detroit Pistons ‘Bad Boys’ come to autograph your basketball! of course if that doesn’t work out, there’s always plan b: birds, boardgames, or bedlam, be there to believe it! we’re just bums banking on brighter burns and bigger battles…
YES, once again we are taking shelter in the arms of our gracious friends and holding our gathering at The Book Exchange in prison city (aka Jackson, MI!) we feel alive alive alive when we make new memories in a familiar place.
this winter gathering will feature thee abundance: enticing musicians, open mic time for sharing tales and stories (bring one!), scrumptious potluck fare (bring some!), childcare and kids activities, outdoor games, secret plans, perhaps a little mystery, and scream-cry therapy in the prairie with peace & harmony… and of course a midnight hike to dunk our heads in the cool waters of the Grand River (watch out for broken glass!)
in case you need a recap:
> who: you and your kindred’s, *minus dogs*
> what: Winter Gathering X
> where: The Book Exchange in Jackson, MI 130 East Washington Avenue
> when: beginning at 12:17pm on January 17, 2015 (opening ceremony at the town clock)
> why: oh, no reason…
bring bedding and stay for Sunday morning meditations followed by a Big Boy catered breakfast (jk, it will be homemade pancakes as usual). feel, feel, feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns. we’ll be sending more info as the date gets closer. don’t forget about us!
with passion and desperation while calculating the sensuous mathematics of the fire that warms us all,
the former editors of the Collapse House
p.s. this portion of the email brought to you by vegan powder-milk biscuits
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p.p.p.s, p.s.p., o.p.p….
we are running out of things to say.
June 21st, 2014
here we are again, about to begin another journey to your town (maybe).
theillalogicalspoon tour 2014 begins this weekend! won’t you join us for great wounds and wild joy?
JUNE 21 at Cascades Park in Jackson at 7pm, Jeremy will be playing solo as part of a songwriters circle
JUNE 23 house show in Columbus, OH at 9pm at 991 republic ave. columbus, oh
JUNE 24 Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA
JUNE 25 house show in CANDLER, NC at 32 Wilderness Trail 28715
JUNE 26-30 Wild Goose Fest in NC, Spoon playing Sat night.
JULY 1 Nashville TN
JULY 2-6 Audio Feed Fest in Champaign, IL, Spoon plays on the 3rd.
JULY 6 Chicago! JPUSA? Reba? holla at us!
JULY 11 Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan, MI
more Michigan shows to come…
mannie hat grasser, holler fest…
change is the only constant theme:
January 2nd, 2014
–the winter gathering was started back in the early 2000’s by theillalogicalspoon as a gathering of the local prison city underground music/arts/activist scene. eventually the band connected with a network of christian anarchists throughout the midwest and the gathering grew to include these folks and kindred spirits of all sorts from all over the country, now focusing on the wild world of anarcho-primitivism & christianity, or as we lovingly call it, AP&C. But we still stay rooted in the prison city community of bird alleys, underbridges, and coffee houses.
–the area now called jackson has been a historical cross roads and meeting place since pre-historic times. at least 4 major rivers start in jackson county, the highways of ancient times. the grand river that runs right through downtown was a major north/south route before it turns west into lake michigan. we are happy to carry on this timeless tradition of meeting in Jackson to exchange love and ideas, hope and cynicism, trade goods and poems…
–the four elements we’ve always tried to keep as the cornerstones of the event are music, nature, spirit and community.
–it’s cold out there. these dark days are good for brooding and contemplating and for creating lonely compositions in solitude. but we also need to take time in this bleak mid-winter to draw near the fire with those we love, each bringing a log to add to the fire, helping each other keep the fires burning bright within and without.
–we hope people keep coming to this jackson gathering year after year, but we also hope for more gatherings in other spaces. we want more spring camps, more anarcho-primitivist talks and skills shares, more festivals -common ground, papa, c-stone, holler…, more critical distance hikes, more zines, more love, more rage… keep the fire.
–this Saturday, January 4th, 2014:
we’ll have the opening ceremony at 1pm. enter bucky harris park (corner of Michigan and Jackson streets) from all different sides when the town clock strikes 1. bring a thought, poem, song, story or anything inspiring to share with your friends gathering together in this bleak mid-winter… (while waiting for the ceremony warm up at cuppa coffee shop’s new shared location with the pickle barrel restaurant 156 w. Michigan ave or browse the stacks at the book exchange)
from there we will split into two hikes.
hike one) from the park to the prison to the river. explore the city through the eyes of a local. learn some natural history, how the landscape was attacked by settlers and how it is fighting back. visit sites connected to jackson’s radical political past from railroad saboteurs to abolitionists. walk through the walls of the old prison and down to the river walk to explore the washtenong sepe.
hike two) carpool northeast of town to a wild area of the grand river watershed to search for visiting snowy owls and the return of the beaver. observe and learn from various plants and animals about the art of winter survival in the north country.
then we will all gather back together at 5pm at the Jackson Book Exchange
—a cozy but big-enough-for-all-of-us space above the bookstore where our friends Kevin and Angie will host us!
–there will be a potluck meal (we can’t wait to try what you’ll bring!), open mic, bands, and other merriment… sorry, but no 4 legged friends allowed
–midnight hike to dunk our heads in grand river
–sleeping is on the floor, bring your own bedding
–back to the river for morning prayers at 9am
–vegan pancake breakfast to follow
–please bring coffee or tea
–you are welcome to hang out as long as you want at the space on sunday
August 14th, 2013
and now, from the vault, a special secret track written by some of our biggest fans, in collaboration with Jeremy on guitar and our friend Ben’s home recording studio.
let us know if you get the references, or if it was YOU we held hands with at PAPA fest 06.
“Baby, I’m an Anarcho-Primitivist”
and I’m not ashamed.
this was originally meant to be unveiled at the Gathering of the Unhewn Stone, but we got carried away in laughter and in the Atlantic Ocean.