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Beltane Music Festival 5.5 - 5.7.17

Neal Creek Resort
Scio, OR

Written by Mitch Melheim
Photos by Coleman Schwartz Media

What began as a small backyard potluck with friends and family wrapping a maypole has since blossomed into a full-fledged music festival featuring nationally touring acts called Beltane. Following the initial potluck, festival organizers Clare and Aric Naber decided to add music to the event, and shortly thereafter came fire dancers and the inevitable graduation from their backyard. The move to a new location on the Columbia River Gorge brought upon larger acts such as Fruition and the Shook Twins and lasted just five years before another upgrade was needed, this time to the gorgeous Neal Creek Resort in Scio, Oregon.

While many things have changed, it’s equally surprising how much remains the same. The wholesome family feel that the Naber’s first curated twelve years ago remains intact, as does the maypole celebration. Many of the same bands still make up the festival’s line up, including the Shook T…

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