Hwær cwom symbla gesetu? Where are the seats at the feast?
Hwær sindon seledreamas? Where are the revels in the hall?
-The Wanderer (Old English Poem - 10th C)
|Oak prepared for carving|
We certainly raised the interest of the locals in Brownsville, many stopping by and inquiring about the our activities. The Grange Hall has been a part of this rural community for many years, and we discovered that it had gone through many different incarnations, a school, a church, even a youth center. Some of the folks we talked to were relieved that it was wasn’t being turned into a bar and many were just happy that it was occupied and that we weren’t going to paint it purple! One local just asked us a simple burning question ‘You don’t vote for Obama, do you?!'
|Families working together|
Exhausted, but well fed from the meat cooked on our impressive grill, the evening brought us to the most important event, our first ritual. The Alsherjargothi, Stephen McNallen, stood in the candlelit hall, with his folk around him and gave blót to O∂inn. The echo of his words shook the old boards, and the shadow of his hand raising the mead-brimming horn seemed to pass through the high gabled roof. We gave our troth to the Allfather into that horn, and mead was scattered, sanctifying the assembly and the hall itself.
|Asatru kids paint the school bus stop at the hall|
We stepped quietly away from the blót to internalize the momentus occasion that we had witnessed. Our Gods, our Folk, our Gothi, our Hof…it all came together. This is our Wyrd. We came back to share in our revelry, raise glasses and horns together, share stories and eventually, sleep. As I rose in the early morning, I couldn’t help but see my kinfolk, asleep at the corners of the hall after a great feast and think of how much like our ancestors we really are.
|The Altar Stone|
|The Alsherjargothi raises the AFA Flag over the Hof|
Thank you to everyone that has helped us, through your hard work and your donations, we continue our work to turn this grange hall into a Hof worthy of our Gods. Even though our indigogo campaign has ended, donations to the Hof can still be made using the Donate button at http://asatrufolkassembly.org
This is merely the beginning…
AFA Chief of Staff/Clergy