Where the Gathering will be in 2005
This year the annual North American Rainbow Gathering (hence referred
to as the Gathering) will be in West Virginia from July 1 -
Ignore all rumors of cancellation or organization! Live Lightly
with the Land and People!
The harsh crack down by the Forest Service has had it's impact. Word
from the site is that there was a council on June 18, and that
everyone has decided move to another site at Cranberry Glade
Botanical Area, which was recommended by the Forest Service. A permit
has been accepted for for that location by USFS. This is about 70
miles or so from the existing site near Elkins that the Forest Service shut down
yesterday. Directions: take 219 70 miles south of Elkins to Mill
Point. Turn Right on 55/39. Go 6 miles to Rd 150. Turn Right on 102,
which is 6/10ths of a mile past 150. Welcome Homeless.
That spot appears to
be here. A topo map of the Cranberry Glade site is here. Anyway, Kiddie
Village has moved to the new site, some CALM folks, and
what's left of the water system (The Incident Command Team stole a
lot of it the other day) Yes, the Forest Service is helping make
sure everyone gets sick by removing our ability to produce clean
Meadow The white dots are Bus Village.
soon-to-be CALM camp
to the soon-to-be CALM
Since there is still some equipment people left at the Elkins area
site. I figured I should keep those directions up for people
that need to go there. It does look like folks are moving to the newly
permitted site with a public road running through main circle. From
Elkins, WV, take 33 east past Bowden to Alpena (approx.13 mi). At the
Alpena Lodge & Cafe (the only thing here) take a left (north) up
County Rd. 12, also known as Galdwin Rd and CR26 in some areas. CR12
goes thru the countryside and dives down toward the Glady Fork (approx
5 mi). At the bottom of the hill, just before CR12 crosses the Glady
Fork River & turns into CR10-Sully Rd, take a hard (120%) left on to
FR 162, which is Bus Village. Go to the gated end of Bus Village
(FR162). Just beyond the gate is a meadow on the left. At the back
right of this meadow is Easy Street, a gentle grassy ancient railroad
bed, which goes off to the left. Follow Easy Street up to Main Trail
and take a right to Main Circle, which is the third meadow on the
trail. From the East, from Harrisonburg, VA take 33 west into Wavy
past Franklin, WV and Seneca Rocks. Stay on US 33 past Wymer to
Alpena, take a right on CR12 and follow the above. An area map
A topo map of the Glady Fork site
Some folks were holed up at the strip mine, which was recommended by
the Forest Service, but the scouts said it had bad water. Folks on
that site claim the water's fine because it was a coal mine, not a
mineral mine. A topo map of the Barton Knob (the strip mine) site is here. Dierctions to that site
are: Elkins, South on 219 to town of Huttonsville. Head East on 250/92
to FR227. South on 227 to Strip mine. They'll since moved to the
Cranberry Glade site since there is now a permit.
It's a sad day in Rainbow Land. After 33 years, the Federal Goverment
has suceeded in taking control of the Rainbow Gathering through massive
harrasment and ticketing. I'm sure they're pleased with themselves. Our
constitutional right to peaceable assembly on public land is now gone
along with many of our other civil rights. It's obvious that peaceful
people aren't desired by a goverment that's stated you are either with
us, or you are the enemy to be eliminated... Why are we promoting
freedom in other countries and we can't promote it here at home for US
For those that want to help preserve freedom for US citizens in our
own country to assemble peaceably please contact the
Virginia Congressional Representatives, a
Virginia Newspaper, or a
West Virginia TV Station
and let your views be heard.
()webmaster's note, this list is turned of as of now till next year.
I've set up an email list to answer questions about the site for folks
trying to pay attention to what's going on, and as a contact point for
media. I'll be on site shortly, but hopefully others will answer
questions and make updates while I'm in the woods. You can subscribe
to that list at
post a question to the list at
firstname.lastname@example.org The archive of that list is
public, and can be accessed at
http://www.welcomehome.org/pipermail/gathering_info/ for more
detail than I have space for here.
Personally, I know that many of us long-time Rainbows all too well
remember the two women who were brutally murdered on their way to the
1980 gathering in Pocahontas county. That was an interesting
gathering, it's the only one I've ever been too where there were
gunshots around the camp. Some of us are going to find it difficult to
return. Nancy and Vicki, you are not forgotten...
For those that got ticketed during seed camp with the mandatory must
show "Group Use" tickets and others, the courthouse address (with a
Randolph County Courthouse
4 Randolph Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
The PO Box for donations and possible info for this year is:
Rainbow Peace Gathering 2005
P.O. Box 4591
Charlottesville, VA 22905
A Bank Account has been set up and Info on how to donate, other than
just sending a check to the address above, can be found on a secure website as follows:
All Ways Free is looking for donaations of articles, artwork, photos,
and green energy for this summer's issue. You can submit things to:
All Ways Free 2005
c/o NY Rainbow
P.O Box 1554
New York, NY 10009
Additional information on the water system used to purify water for
this year is here. Clean
water helps keep us all healthy! A
has been opened by Hawker to help cover the cost of the filters, and other
expensive parts that need replacement every year.
The water crew is asking all kitchens that want to be connected to the
main water line to bring the following items. These items in total
should not cost more than $50-$100. Please help get this word out to
all kitchens. If each kitchen brings a little it helps us all.
Stone from CALM has also setup a paypal account for CALM
supplies. Go here for
- 1-3 rolls (usually 300-400') of NSF rated 3/4 inch black poly pipe.
- 1 or more 3/4 inch plastic barbed T
- 2-3 3/4 inch plastic barbed couplings
- 1 or more spigots with 1/2 inch NPT male pipe threads
- 1 or more 1/2 inch Female NPT threads to 3/4 inch barbed insert
- 6-12 1 1/4 inch hose clamps
The Rainbow Guide is
also looking for donations
to cover the costs of publishing the Guide. If you've ever traveled
and looked up people in the Guide, you know what a great resource this
Happenings at the Gathering
There are many wonderful things that happen at a gathering, but I'll
list a few highlights. Remember the concept of "Rainbow Time", and
that any semi-scheduled event will start when it starts, and not
necessarily by the clock.
- July 4th, Circle for Peace
- Join us for a silent circling of people to pray for world
peace. The circle for peace starts at sunrise at main circle, and ends
around Rainbow noon after a period of OHMing, and the Kiddie Village
- AGR Circle
- There is usually a party/circle/council at 3pm on the 3rd of July for
folks on the various Rainbow oriented email lists and newsgroups to
meet face to face. Lately this has been at Instant Soup kitchen, but
you can check the Info booth before then to be sure. In person, people
seem so different than they do through email.
- Talent Show at Granola Funk
- For many years there has been a talent show at the Granola Funk
Theater. The last few years have been recorded, and tracks are
available at this Rainbow Music page.
For more information about Rainbow Gatherings, here are some
- Rainbow Legal Background
- This page has info on the legal issues surrounding the Rainbow
Gathering, and the past court cases.
- Benefits of Hosting a Rainbow Gathering
- This is an interesting document about the Environmental,
Spiritual, Health, and Law Enforcement Benefits of a Gathering.
- Rap on Rainbow Disorganization
- I grabbed this off AGR the other day, and thought it was a good
rough description about the "Organization" of a Rainbow Gathering.
- Reality Check
- I grabbed this off AGR the other day, and thought it was a good
introduction for Locals as to what to expect from having a Rainbow
- Letter to District Rangers
- This is a letter written to the District Rangers in the Great
Lakes area where the gathering will was held in Michigan.
- Open Letter to Folks living in
Utah and Surrounding Areas
- This is an open letter somebody wrote recently on AGR, that I
thought I'd reproduce here.
- Rainbow Terminology
- This is an interesting paper on various other definitions of
Rainbow Family, and how that all applies to our own definitions of
- Bus Travel Info
- This is a page with info on pricing for bus tickets.
- Train Travel Info
- Can't forget Amtrack, on occasion, trains are cheaper than busses.
- Tips for a safe journey home & a Positive Gathering
- This is a good list of tips I grabbed off AGR, that is worth reading.
- Rap 420
- This is a nice rap I pulled off AGR the other day on how to stay
out of jail when driving through a roadblock. (roadblocks and police
harassement are highly likely this year)
- This is a great web site for checking out sites. It contains
topographical maps down to a 7.5 quad. Real fun if you like maps.
Other Sources of Information
Now that it's Spring Time, the Forest Service is cranking up their
disinformation propoganda machine. While the USFS tries heavily to
freak out the locals about the coming Gathering, usually the result is
no where as bad as they try to lead folks to believe. Here's a few
general media articles looking back on things from the perspective of
a year later.
- Modoc Country News
- The Modoc County Record published several articles about the
gathering in CA in 2004. This one is from after the gathering talking
about the high quality of cleanup.
Rainbows Leave Forest Clean, Tidy This next article is a recap of the
1984 Rainbow Gathering held near Likely. This next article talks about the Incident
Command Team and how they are unnecessary.
- Rainbows earn praise for cleanup
- This was published in the Salt Lake Tribune a month after the
gathering, and talks about the quality of the cleanup.
- Recap From PA
- This is a nice article, where the PA Chief of Police was
interviewed about the previous year's gathering. Not suprisingly, he
says the harsh propoganda put out by the Forest Service turned out to
be completely inaccurate, and that while there few problems, it just
wasn't that bad at all. Plus the local business made over $1,000,000.
- Without a Trace
- A recent article from the Missoula Independent, talking about how
the reality of the Montana gathering, was way less than the locals had
been led to believe.
- Oregon Cleanup
- This is an article from the Oregonian, about how well that site
- Montanna Cleanup
- This is an article from the Montana Standard about how well the
site has recovered.
- Idaho Cleanup
- This is an article from the Idaho Stateman, about how well that
site was cleaned up.
- Treading Softly On the Earth:The
Rainbow Tribe's Impact on Forest Lands.
- This article is an indepth look at the cleanup side of the Rainbow
Gatherings done by a Taos, NM college student. It goes into detail
covering the process of cleanup, and the comments of the various
Forest Service's District Rangers years later.
"They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never
kept but one; They promised to take our land, and they took it." --Red Cloud
Last updated June 22th, 2005