September 11 – 13, 2015
The Burning Bush Festival is first and foremost a Festival of the people, for the people, and by the people.
The ancient Fall festivals of free people—like Ancient Israel and their Feast of Booths (or Tents) and other fall or harvest festivals seen amongst other cultures and nations—had a purpose within those societies that was essential for the health and well being of the people and the maintenance of liberty within their community. The nobility and virtue of the festivals were dependent upon the character and spirit of the people who held them.
In these free societies, where the people were not bound together by the legal forces contracts or the autocratic power of a ruling class, the people were bonded together by the “perfect law of liberty” through the relationships of love, honor, benevolence, diligence, peace and courage. In other words by virtue.
“A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.” Daniel Webster
To nurture the gracious bands of a free society it was necessary to gather and renew those bonds of mutual friendship and virtue. This is a primary purpose of the Burning Bush Festival. But it is also to learn to share and share to learn.
“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” John Adams
The Burning Bush Festival is dedicated to the purpose of sharing information, knowledge and skills that lead to independent living for men and women. Alternative methods of pursuing the virtuous and righteous happiness of a free society are a primary focus at all festivals.
All cultures change over time or elements creep into them and alter their original nature and character. The only protection from the sloth and slavery of an apathetic society is the individuals diligence and dedication to setting all men of the same virtue free by sharing the skills of liberty.
“When virtue is at liberty, so to some extent is vice.”
Like ancient Israel some people seek to be freed from bondage and in attempting to govern themselves in righteousness they come face to face with their own lack of virtue. What they were doing during their annual festivals often seems to be as mysterious today as the symbol of the “burning bush” that inspired Moses to seek to set those people free. Throughout history mankind has moved from bondage to liberty and back to bondage again. Coming together to celebrate the principles and precepts that have set all mankind free is a passion that burns the hearts of virtuous men and women all over the world. It is that fire which does not consume.
“A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.”
The theme of life and liberty is independent living.
“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”
Independent living is responsibility in action. It is your Festival and therefore it is up to you to make it a festival worth celebrating by being a part of it. If you have a talent, skill or just wish to be of value and service to others in their quest for virtuous liberty come and share it with others.
“It is necessary to make virtue fashionable.”
Importance of Gatherings
Summer Lake Weather Forecast
Sunday 02/14 10%
Mainly cloudy. A few peeks of sunshine possible. High near 50F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday 02/15 0%
Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 57F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 02/16 0%
Considerable cloudiness. High 59F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 02/17 40%
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 51F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday 02/18 60%
Rain and snow in the morning changing to all rain in the afternoon. High 42F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Friday 02/19 60%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with occasional showers for the afternoon. High around 45F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.