BERKELEY SPRINGS - The 22nd annual Berkeley Springs Festival of Light will have more than 50 readers, healers and practitioners of sacred objects in the largest psychic fair and alternative healing expo in the region.
It takes place at the Ice House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
As with many pandemic-era events, masks are required.
“The one thing we are working around this year is being safe by wearing face masks or shields, doing temperature checks and having hand sanitizer in several places,” said Maryelen Willinghan, a longtime organizer of the event. “We are working hard to offer our booking services to readers and have food on site through the Ravenwood Pub.”
Attendance in past years has been around 1,000 over the two days, so attendees are encouraged to come early and make appointments. Throughout the two days, attendees can visit approximately 55 practitioners and vendors and seek individual answers and insights in everything from past life patterns and Tarot cards, to etched stones, auras or the swing of a pendulum. A wide range of products are also available including jewelry, crystals, essential oils and flower essences, polished stones and books.
“With all the uncertainty in the world today, we can anticipate lots of people asking questions about finances and jobs, along with health and romance,” said Willinghan. ”On the second floor, we have the bodyworkers, massage therapists, Reiki masters and the like. People can go from one to another in their own version of an alternative health buffet.”
The festival began in 1999 by a local group as a way of taking their spiritual work out into the larger community.
Because of spacing folks out for COVID precautions and the absence of a longtime organizer, lectures will not take place.
“We have been working hard to replace the loss of one of our main people, Jeanne Mozier, last year,” said Willinghan. “She was such a vital part of the planning; it has been difficult finding people who can do some of the work she did. We have many of our regulars returning and quite a few new vendors. It should give the festival a well-rounded group.”
Organizers also encourage attendees to visit the special gallery exhibit at the Ice House, “A Season of Wonder!” A holiday gift show takes place annually at the Ice House, and this one has one-of-a-kind work from nearly 30 regional artists.
The Ice House is located on the corner of Independence and Mercer Streets. Admission is $5/day cash only. For more information call 258-3509 or 582-4449. For a full list of vendor, visit www.berkeleysprings.com.