An Allelujia Chorus is a chorus comprising of one or two who think that the gifts at the famed Soul Food Cafe are pan de cielo, bread of heaven.
Everyone at Soul Food came, humbly, hoping to find a warm spot where their creativity would flourish. Riversleigh Manor is just one place where everyone is valued for their gift.
Long standing members of Soul Food, those who have walked the corridors and found the inner sanctum, become Ravens.
This year Sibyl Riversleigh is the choir master who leads a very special choir of Soul Food Cafe Ravens.
This calendar will be all about THEM. As the days unfold the Ravens will take up their place on the tree to engage us all.
You can help form a very special Allelujia Chorus by regularly commenting on the work of those people who have the courage to put themselves on the line and post on the public blogs at Soul Food.
Riversleigh Manor is a rambling old house with quarters all over the place. It is a bit like a rabbit warren and some guests have disappeared never to be seen again.
This manor house was once the house of Lord and Lady Riversleigh and after the death of Lord Riversleigh was inherited by Lady Sibyl Riversleigh, the youngest daughter of the Riversleigh's. It is the first port of call for pilgrims who step through Enchanteur's magic portal.
Paths lead, from Riversleigh through the Murmuring Woods to the The Hermitage, the Lemurian Abbey and the cove where the Calabar is often moored.
Riversleigh Manor is the base home of those who have decided to come and discover the magic of Lemuria.
This year Sibyl Riversleigh is bringing back an old Riversleigh tradition by opening the house and inviting guests to spend a season with her over the Thanksgiving, Christmas Holiday period.
Sibyl Riversleigh by Heather Blakey
For the duration of this calendar Soul Food Community members who have Word Press accounts will be able to engage and participate in Sibyl's Christmas Festivities. Sibyl's Christmas blog has been operating since members took up residence in the lead up to the annual Soul Food Calendar.
While you are at Riversleigh you will meet the housekeeper, Ebony Wilder, staff members who help maintain the estate and a cast of fascinating characters who have accepted Sibyl's invitation to stay for the holiday season.
In the spirit of ancient times the usual order of the year will be suspended: grudges and quarrels forgotten; wars interrupted or postponed. Businesses, courts, schools will be closed. Rich and poor will become equal, slaves will be served by masters, children will head the family. Cross-dressing and masquerades, merriment of all kinds will prevail. A mock queen -- the Lady of Misrule -- will be crowned. Candles and lamps will chase away the spirits of darkness.
During the 12 days of Christmas, naughty pirate women will roam freely on the earth's surface. They are known more for their practical joking than any real harm--braiding horse's tails, souring milk, putting out the home fire in a particularly indelicate manner.
In other words, it will a Dionysian fun fest and residents will be able to interact at Riversleigh Manor.
And then, just when you think you have had more fun than you can cope with, along comes the twelfth night. At midnight, on the Twelfth Night, in January 2009, a group will leave Riversleigh, while the moon is low, will set out on another adventure with le Enchanteur, that shape shifter who helps pilgrims seeking adventure find adventure and a whole lot more.
This calendar has been designed by Greg Blakey and presented by Heather Blakey in conjunction with members of the Soul Food Cafe. Sibyl Riversleigh is one of Heather's alter egos. Other alter egos belonging to Heather Blakey, who will make appearances on this calendar are le Enchanteur and Ebony Wilder.
All material on this calendar is protected by copyright. Any infringements of the copyright of any of the above, named parties, will be treated very seriously. Feel free to spread the work by linking to this site but do not use individual work without express permission from Heather Blakey. You can reach her at heatherblakey at fastmail dot fm.