FAIRY GATHERING & FUNDRAISER 2020 for Make A Wish Foundation Canada

Let’s make some powerful fairy magic, May 1st!! Faisons de la magie féerique puissante, Le 1er mai !

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To quote Peter Pan “I do believe in fairies, I do, I do!” The child in all of us believes.  Legends tell us that fairies used to be out in the open amongst midgardians (humans).  Nowadays when people discover fairies they quickly deny making such claims a short period later.  I immediately think of the movie ET and American scientists closing in on the harmless little alien.  Why, in 2019 on the verge of 2020, are our fairies in hiding?

Pour citer Peter Pan ” Je crois aux fées, je le fais, je le fais ! ” L’enfant en chacun de nous croit. Les légendes nous disent que les fées étaient à l’air libre parmi les midgardiens (humains). Aujourd’hui, quand les gens découvrent des fées, ils nient rapidement faire de telles revendications une courte période plus tard. Je pense immédiatement au film ET et aux scientifiques américains se rapprochant du petit alien inoffensif. Pourquoi, en 2019, à l’approche de 2020, nos fées se cachent-elles ?

Leurs adeptes, cependant, ont dédié l’art, la mode, les festivals et les collectes de fonds en leur honneur. Nous décorons nos jardins avec leurs images et remplissons les étagères de nos livres pour enfants avec leurs contes de fées. Il y a même un Magazine Fées et Enchantement

Their followers, however have dedicated art, fashion, festivals and fundraisers in their honor.  We decorate our gardens with their images and fill our children’s book shelves with their fairy tales. There is even a Fairies and Enchantment Magazine – FAE

 So, being named Tanya, which is Russian for “fairy princess” I decided my own love of fairies and costumery could become something more, something magical.  I invite you all to a Fairy Gathering in the small coastal town of Trout River, Newfoundland this spring. The cause is one of great value: to raise money for Make A Wish Foundation, a charity that grants wishes to children with life threatening diseases. 

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Donc, étant nommé Tanya, qui est russe pour “princesse fée” J’ai décidé que mon propre amour des fées et des costumes pourrait devenir quelque chose de plus, quelque chose de magique. Je vous invite tous à un rassemblement de fées dans la petite ville côtière de Trout River, à Terre-Neuve, ce printemps. La cause en est une d’une grande valeur : amasser des fonds pour Make A Wish Foundation, un organisme de bienfaisance qui accorde des vœux aux enfants atteints de maladies mortelles.

I wanted to do so on my birthday, in November, but changed it to May 1st because that is traditionally a celebration of fairies day, known as Belfast or May Day.  There is no charge to take part in the fun activities, I  just ask that you donate even a small amount to the MAKE A WISH foundation.  While in many parts of the world, spring has finally sprung by May, Newfoundland has some particularly powerful winter fairies, so please dress warmly as this will be an outdoors event.  And don’t forget your wings!

Je voulais le faire le jour de mon anniversaire, en Novembre, mais il a changé pour le 1er mai parce que c’est traditionnellement une célébration de la fête des fées, connu sous le nom de Belfast ou le 1er mai. Il n’y a aucun frais pour prendre part aux activités amusantes, je demande juste que vous donniez même une petite quantité à la fondation MAKE A WISH. Alors que dans de nombreuses régions du monde, le printemps a finalement surgi en mai, Terre-Neuve a quelques fées d’hiver particulièrement puissant, donc s’il vous plaît s’habiller chaudement que ce sera un événement en plein air. Et n’oubliez pas vos ailes !




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Introducing Green Gardens

BP0312CANADA_HOWE_GrosMorneGreenGardens_STH6342_bjk_445x260Green Gardens is part of Gros Morne National Park’s wonderful collection of hiking paths here in Western Newfoundland.  Just before the town of Trout River, you embark upon a rocky footpath that is not so green.  Sparse clumps of pitcher plants, spreads of creeping juniper, rocks covered with moss and lichen appear scattered here and there.  And so your journey goes, until you reach the crest of the first hill.  Then the green begins!pitchers

“Green Gardens” is the newest pony available in the Newfoundland Country Pony Collection and the first with eyes, because a tiny customer reminded me “if they don’t ‘ave no eyes hows they supposed to see?”

Hand made of cotton, rayon, fleece, polyester and chenille. Stuffed with hypoallergenic polyester fibrefill.  She reflects the variegated colors of the plants and rocks you’ll find while embarking on this amazing adventure. You’ll find her at the amazing craft/gift shop right next to the Ultramar in Deer Lake, Newfoundland.




As a Live Action Role Play special events co-ordinator and script writer, I want people who love larping to know about what I’ve put together.  I also want people who would like to attend my LARP to know what their options are with regards to costumes, weapons, armor, etc.  At Aviking By Hoof, the scenic Gros Morne area is a major part of our appeal, aside from the events themselves.

With that respect, I realize other places offering Live Action Role Playing events are not truly my competitors, but colleagues in an interesting field of outdoor gameplay (pardon the pun).  As of late, I am frustrated by various internet hosting websites attempting to take large chunks from LARP sales and request banking information to do so.

Many LARP events held in places with large populations can offer their events free of charge.  Some events are free for first time players.  Some LARP organizations are run through volunteers and are nonprofits.  Others, like Aviking By Hoof, hope to be a source of employment for local gamers, crafters, and students.

So I am welcoming ALL types of LARP eventers to post their listings through AVIKING BY HOOF on a LARP COMMUNITY page FREE of charge.  I think the benefits of this activity need to be promoted.  Sell your tickets on your own page, showcase your listings on ours.  You keep control of your money.
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Day/Night Dilemma

I do so want to hold the first Aviking By Hoof 2018 season Weekend LARP “Vampires On The Rock” in the dark because, well, only certain vampires can stand sunlight and it just doesn’t seem fair!  But realistically, from the standpoint of an organizer who has a responsibility to ensure gameplay is held when it is safest and most convenient for players and other campers in the area, we will be holding all events in the daylight.

How will this affect battle? Am I automatically stacking the tides in favor of the Vikings?  Well,  possibly.  I guess that will truly depend upon the brilliance of the gaming Larpers who come out to play.  You see, some people do things casually; others do a lot of background work.  They don’t just pick out a costume.  They pick out a character, fiddle around with personality quirks and backstories, then they begin deciding how to convey what they’ve created to the other players who – well – cannot read their mind.

Costumes are the great nonverbal expressers.  Armor and weapons choice also says a lot about a character without that player actually saying a word.  Weekend LARP does give you two full days to interact with your team, your enemies, your allies and your indifferent but we’re hoping that its like having a just one spoonful of ice cream.  Its a tease compared to the Dramatic Intent 6 Days of LARP option.  Plus on the flipside, there’s also another Weekend LARP of your favourite theme later that summer, which can never truly be a repeat because with each new player, the game changes entirely, and if you’ve had a chance to mull things over, you won’t be making the same mistakes next time either.



Newfoundland Ponies

Come the switchover from horse pulled wagons, horse pulled plowing, haying devices, logging sleighs and tamigans to that of modernized vehicles, farm machinery and snowmobiles, the Newfoundland Pony became scarce.  Many were sold to auctions for glue or meat.  The breed, which originated from various European ponies and horses, came to be unique for its ability to withstand the harsh winds, strong cold winters, damp weather, bogs and forests rather than fields with sparse grasses.chimneycovepasture

Today, people are attempting to bring back the Newfoundland Pony. The coastal community of Trout River, Newfoundland uses a community pasture located in nearby Chimney Cove (our featured image shot) for summer turnout of horses, ponies and cattle.  The animals make the long trek themselves in the fall, back to the community following one of the trails we offer.  See our complete Trail Rides package options.



You can help Aviking By Hoof establish a healthy herd of these adorable, intelligent, little equines in a closer pasture, more easily reached by staff and visitors alike.  By purchasing handmade Newfoundland Country Ponies, you allow us to purchase real Newfoundland ponies and have them delivered to Gros Morne area of Newfoundland. You can check back on our website for updates or sign up for our our monthly newsletter called The Pony Diaries beginning in June 2018.


These little versions are 22″ high from hoof to ear tip and 22″ long from nose to tail.  Various materials make up the outer shell.  They are stuffed with hypoallergenic polyester fibrefill. Manes and tails are yarns of wool, acrylic, cotton and/or chenille.  Each one is named after a designated area of Newfoundland and given a map like birthmark of the province.


Assorted Patchwork $74.00 CAD
Real Pony Colors $74.00 CAD
LARP inspired $74.00 CAD
Custom * $174.00 CAD

For more information on the Newfoundland Pony in general go see the Newfoundland Pony Society Website.  The real ponies you help buy will be here for people to enjoy when they come visit.  You can choose to have your name, a child’s name, or horse loving friend’s name placed on the real pony’s stable door on the “thanks to” plaques we are engraving; every 10 ponies sold brings one real pony here!

brinopony Thank you!  Hope to see you here this summer!


Trolling Along

IMG_20180301_130700I met these two “Guards of Elfdom” while trekking through the Wallace Brook area of Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.  IMG_20180307_112122

Whilst trolling for costume ideas, nature inspired me with a lot of texture and colour through these exposed patches of moss covered rocks and entangled shrubbery.


The foam and sparkles of light upon the Trout River made me reflect upon Faeries, whilst the hair-like shore grasses reminded me I was searching for Troll inspiration.


I love the layering effect of the Juniper against the mosses and lichens, the ease of which the colors merge and the stark differences of texture coexisting in the same limited space



And of course, the troll hair in unmistakeable green.


Can you spot the wee man and his much larger companion?  Hope to see you all at this summer’s Mountain Troll Festival!
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Dreaming of Summer


Lose yourself this summer and become part of the Newfoundland wilderness.  We’ve got trails galore and the scenery is…..well amazing.


Learn though LARP under the watchful eye of the Elephant’s Head mountain with several themes to choose from in our Dramatic Intent Acting Camp 6 Day packages.


You are just minutes from Trout River, Woody Point, Shallow Brook and Birchy Head.




Model Behaviour


In offering a free modelling contest, I wanted to make sure not to put size requirements in there (personal story is below). Healthy is different sizes for different people.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  At Aviking By Hoof we are looking for models that can become part of the clothing and costumes in such a way that they compliment one another.  I will use the word “striking” and leave it at that.  If you WANT to enter, please do.  Do not second guess yourself.  We are all beautiful in our own way.


We are accepting male and female model applications.  No nude shots please.  All races accepted.  No size restrictions.  The only requirement is that you must be able to be willing and able to work in Western Newfoundland between June and September should you win a contract and model potentially unflattering Mountain Troll costumes in our #mountaintrollstroll.  We’ll have more desirable fashions to model as well but being a Mountain Troll for our Mountain Troll Festival is a must.



As a survivor of anorexia I am especially sensitive to stories of models told they must maintain unhealthy weight levels to keep at the top.  Fitness models prove this is the wrong way for agencies to be thinking.  Clothing fits and looks better on a muscled, well toned body, than one emaciated with bones jutting out.  The Vikings would have been of extremely fit – battling the seas, battling enemies, battling harsh environments; those who didn’t take care of themselves would likely die.  Think of them as your models of behaviour and always strive to be the absolute best you can be and do the absolute best you can for yourself.







Walk in the park



Where Blue’s nose is pointing – the winding path leading upwards into the mountainside – is where campers staying at the Gros Morne National Park Trout River Pond campsite will head when they arrive.  Its a bit of hike and I’m eager to find baby fish today so we turned left instead on another skidoo path.


The Pond seems snow covered and skidoos are steady still hauling wood via sleighs and tamigans  across it, despite the melting shoreline.


There are more little fingernail sized fish today, playing in the sunlight.  It was actually very warm this morning; I didn’t need my toque for the most of the walk.  Catching the little black bullets on camera proved to be near impossible.  They kept ducking under the ice ridge to hide from Blue and I.



For a moment, a lone, empty sled mid-pond captures my Italian Mastiff’s attention.  The Pond is a shortcut way to get to where we will be having trail rides, lessons in Elvish and clay sculpting exercises.  Most dogs here don’t just follow the skidoos and ATV’s; they ride on with their owners to catch a break now and then – and some ride the whole way!


Snowdrifts have deemed a winter hike on this walking trail impossible without snow shoes so Blue and I followed the snowmobile track sidewalks back out of the park.

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They lead us to where most of the skidoo traffic heads…places where Trout River residents stack their wood into piles.


I’ve learned this smaller sled is a tamigan and the larger, flatter one a sleigh. I’ve also learned the word proud doesn’t signify accomplishment just being pleased about something and the word courage has nothing to do with fear just overcoming laziness.


Don’t worry!  Coming for a Dramatic Intent camp? Newfoundland/English dictionaries will be part of your package, along with maps and your Canada Parks Pass.

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