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Mariposa shares fairy lore

“Scottish Fairy Lore” will be presented by Ellen Evert Hopman on July 13, celebrating “Fabled Landscapes,” the summer theme of the Mariposa Museum’s ongoing exhibition “Sacred Geography — Many Cultures, One Earth.”

The Scots found simple and effective ways to bond with the spirits of the house and barn using offerings, plants and sacred woods. In this program the audience will learn the basics of etiquette for contacting and communicating with Fairies; how to see them, how and when to make fairy offerings, how to honor the fairies in fields and gardens and how to prevent abduction by fairies.

The presentation also will include hands-on activities -- making small rowan (also called mountain ash) crosses and protective charms made from various plants.

A master herbalist, lay homeopath with a Master of Education in mental health counseling, Hopman is also author of several books including her latest magical herbal, “Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore,” featuring 75 medicinal and magical plants of the Highlands and Lowlands and her newest book on tree medicine and tree lore, “A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine.” Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

Hopman is a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile) and its former co-chief, a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, and a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana. She was vice president of The Henge of Keltria, an international Druid Fellowship, a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and of ADF, A Druid Fellowship, and a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages. For several years she was a professor at the Grey School of Wizardry. She is also the co-creator of the Virtual Shrine of the Goddess Brighid.

She has co-lead tours to Celtic and Neolithic sites in Europe, presented on Druidism, herbal lore, tree lore, paganism, and magic at conferences, festivals, and events in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for members.

On July 27 at 7:30 p.m., Hopman will return to the Mariposa to give her slide presentation “Irish Sacred Sites.”

For more information, call 924-4555.

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