‘Faerie Festival’ in Vermijo Aug. 7

       The world of fairies may or may not be imaginary, but there will be a profound attempt to bring it to life Saturday, Aug. 7 in Vermijo Park, at 26th Street and Vermijo Avenue.

Radio London is scheduled as the lead band at the Colorado Faerie Festival in Vermijo Park Saturday, Aug. 7, playing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Courtesy of Marsha McGarry

       Charlie Cagiao, a local musician/promoter who lured Jefferson Starship to Old Colorado City four years ago, has organized a first-time event called the Colorado Faerie Festival. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., it will include live music, children's arts and crafts, face-painting, belly dancing, event-themed vendor booths and numerous people in costume.
       Admission is free.
       “It will be like a small Renaissance Fair,” Cagiao said this week. “It will be geared to the magical part of the Renaissance, which brings out the fairies.”
       Attendees are invited to come in costume. They won't be alone, according to Cagiao. “Everyone will be dressed up somehow, as knights, wenches, elves, fairies things like that,” he said. “We'll have almost all the fairies from the Renaissance Fair [in Larkspur] and a a Denver area fairy tribe will be coming down.”
       The lead band - playing from 1 to 3 p.m. - will be Radio London, a Woodland Park vintage rock/R&B quintet that has opened for Canned Heat, Electric Light Orchestra and the Spencer Davis Group, Cagiao said.
       “Charlie's a good friend of ours,” said Marsha McGarry, whose husband Joe is the band's drummer. “We totally support his work.”
       In keeping with the concept of playing at the Faerie Festival, McGarry noted that Radio London's lead singer, Fairlight Moriah, “likes to keep a basket of crystals on stage when she performs.”
       The entire Vermijo Park/baseball field will be used for the activities. The bands will set up in front of the backstop, food vendors will be near the small parking lot and playground off 26th Street, other booths will be spread out on the grass, and the main parking will be in the dirt lot just west of the diamond.
       Cagiao hopes the Faerie Festival (“faerie” is the Old French spelling) will help kick off a series of fairy-themed events he plans to put on in the region in the months ahead. The idea came to him based on a life-long interest in pictures of moons. “In recent years, the pictures of moons have changed,” he said. “There were fairies on them, and my wife [a public school teacher] used them for school.” So it was that when Cagiao was recuperating in bed recently from an injury, “I was looking at pictures on my walls of bands and fairies. So I put the two together.”
       He chose Vermijo Park because, having grown up on the Westside, “my heart will always be in Old Colorado City,” said Cagiao, who also has owned two businesses in Old Town (Charlie's Pizza and Silver Moon). “There's nothing I've done that I didn't want to do here first.”

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