Frank Orazem Memorial Storytelling Hour

Broadcast from Wednesday, September 16, 6-7 PM

Welcome one and all to the Frank Orazem Memorial Storytelling hour here on KBUT. What better way to honor the storytelling medium than through old-fashioned radio! Tonight, Vinotok is honored to bring Phyllis Spann Guerrieri to the airwaves. Phyllis is a fourth-generation Gunnison Valley rancher, an artist, and a storyteller who no doubt has a wealth of stories to share with us. We begin the show with the 2020 Vinotok Green Spirit Awards, honoring community members with strong dedications to earth stewardship in our valley. 

Celebration of the Harvest Mother

Broadcast from Tuesday, September 15, 6-7 PM

Greetings from the Vinotok tribe! We are happy to present the Celebration of the Harvest Mother. Featuring Marcie Telander, Vinotok’s Founder and Godmother; Harvest Mother Celebrants KT Folz and Adge Marziano; and this year’s Harvest Mother, Kat Bernier. We’ll present discussions, poetry, and storytelling of the Earth Mother archetype (“ark-e-type”) and the divine feminine and open up the phone lines for your questions. Welcome Marcie.

Vinotok, Myth, Meaning and Ritual

Broadcast from Monday, September 14, 6-7 PM

Welcome to Myth, Meaning and Ritual, Vinotok’s first interactive radio presentation, with Marcie Telander, Vinotok’s Founder and Master Storyteller. Tonight, you will learn everything you wanted to know about Vinotok, from its humble, local beginnings to its current place as Crested Butte’s favorite festival and unique all-community Harvest Celebration. Call in with your questions for Marcie to reveal the mystery and myth behind Vinotok.

Why We Make Head Wreaths

For our Vinotok and other Seasonal Cycles celebrations you will see folks of all ages wearing hand-made floral and leaf, or evergreen and pine cone wreaths.

The word “wreath” dates from the 12th Century and means to twist or “writhe.” Wreaths are circular designs woven from plant and other materials. Wreaths have been used throughout history and

many cultures to also denote honor and reverence which is being paid to an exceptional individual, and individuals in celebratory events. Wreaths are laid on graves, seasonally hung on front doors, decorate special trees and sacred spots in Nature, are given to champion athletes, worn by brides and grooms.

At Vinotok we also call them Halos or Crowns. A wreath does just that, it sets a person apart, crowning and surrounding their head, face and personal energy with color and texture while it captures the light in a soft halo. A wreath may be bestowed just like a crown. As embodied archetypes of Nature, the Green Man and the Harvest Mother receive lovingly and intricately designed headpieces that may include flowers, bones, fur, gems, totemic and meaningful objects and symbols of their station and importance in our community.

The experience of spending time in fields, forest and mountains, caringly and sustainably gathering your natural materials, pausing to sit in the sun, feel the breeze and savor the quiet, is a lovely ritual of its own. In this way you can make yourself, your child, your sweetheart, your horse, your front door a Vinotok Wreath in the way of the ancient intentional Hearth Magic. Weave blessings, healing, prayers, offerings and gratitude into a loving gift from your hands and your heart!

How to Make a Headwreath

  1. Grab some 2—3 willow branches from our bucket if you’re at the Green Man altar! If not, ethically harvest smaller, pliable willow branches that will fit around your head once or twice over. Collect sparingly, and never much from any one spot
  2. Start with your base. Take your willow branches and bend them back and forth to make them pliable. Wrap one around your head, making it a little loose. You can intertwine the ends of the willow so they stay, or affix with some twine.
  3. Take a second same-sized branch, bend it to make it pliable, and twirl it around the first, again either weaving the ends together, or tying them together with twine. Put the two ends at opposite points for balance.
  4. To gather your decorations take a slow walk in nature and only harvest a few things at a time from different areas so not to hurt Mother Earth. Don’t harvest live wildflowers, but dried stalks and seed pods are okay (just shake the seeds out on the ground).
  5. With the two branches you have a way to weave your decorations (flowers, grass, dried flowers) in between the spaces of the willow branch. You may need to tie them with twine.

Some Secret Pro Tips from the Maidens

• Add to your wreath a bit at a time throughout the week, so come the burning of the Grump, or Autumn Equinox, it is full and in it’s glory.
• You can use aspen branches instead of willow, it has fun shoots that make it look more wild.

• Wind a thin piece of willow around finished wreath for added security.
• Add ribbons, feathers, bone, stone and beads to hang off your headwreath.

Grumps and Gratitudes Activity

The Autumn Equinox is a time of True Balance, within and without. As we come to the season when the dark chases the light, we dedicate important consideration to offering Gratitude, or Blessings, as well as Banishing the grievances and difficulties of the passing year.

This does not mean that we expect something for nothing. Ours and many other communities are filled with folks who share a determination to balance past ills, whether these are collective, personal, global or environmental.


Your Grumps may be banished or released in a number of ways. Beginning on September 14: 1. Visit the Fire Circle at the crossroads (an ancient and traditional village center of the world) of the Four-Way Stop.

  1. There you may place you grumps inside or on the Great Grump effigy, resting in-state at the Vinotok Fire Circle and Outdoor Harvest Temple.
  2. Or, drop them in the Community Grump Box.

Grumps will be held safely and treated with reverence and great care. Be assured that all community Grumps will be committed safely to be banished and transformed.

2. Personally dispose of your Grumps in a safe manner and in accordance with fire restrictions in your area. You can also identify a special place at your home and bury them in the
ground; suspend them with natural twine from a special tree in your yard; or tear them
into tiny pieces and scatter them in your garden.


This is our opportunity to offer thanks for all that has supported, grown, healed and protected us and our precious community and valley in the passing year. Write as many as you can think of on several Gratitude slips of paper. Any individual, couple, family or community may share these steps and offer forth the gifting celebration of gratitude.

1. Write your Self Gratitudes honoring your own personal commitment and participation in the past year. Give yourself some gifts of recognition and appreciation. It may seem difficult at first, but appreciation begins with ourselves.
2. Write Gratitudes for others: friends, family, neighbors, the folks you work with and who serve you. Honor those folks who are there for us every day, month-by-month, season-through-season. 3. Deliver these Gratitudes in person, if at all possible. We guarantee that in these challenging times your offering will lift a heart and honor a spirit.

4. Clothespin these to your own personal Gratitude clothesline. See how many you can fill it with.
5. Carefully tie with biodegradable twine to a tree or bush to create a traditional Wish Tree in a special spot in your yard.
6. Pass them around everywhere. Gratitudes never stop giving!