Mythopoeic Society In-Activity Calendar

Please see the current activity calendar as well.

Currently, I've also listed active groups here, but the information is only current (more or less) as of the creation of this separate page in November 1999. This may eventually be deleted, but for now, also check the current calendar for any possible changes of meeting information.


Here are listed people who are interested in forming groups. If you live in their areas and would like to join a group, contact the hopeful undersubscribed.

*Dormant Groups These formerly chartered groups--indicated with asterisks--are currently dormant for want of an active member or two--maybe you could be the member! They used to meet regularly. Contact David for forwarding address if no address is listed.

Lizanne Cua,
Please list me a potential discussion group founder in the Philippines

This photograph was supplied by Eileen Ribbler, of the now-dormant

Prancing Pony DG in Dayton, OH. (see below) used by permission

The UNITED STATES of America

CALIFORNIA [don't forget the active California groups, listed below]
*Sacramento: Avalon*
Laurine White
Meetings of Avalon are temporarily suspended, along with the newsletter, Andvari. These are expected to resume sometime.

San Diego area
Diane Conner
San Diego (North County)
[There seems to be a lot of new interested parties in this area, in addition to our dormant group (see next listing)--David L]. 9/15/98. Diane renews her interest in starting a group.

*San Diego: Lothlorien*
Linda Sundstrom-- Note from Linda. To have messages forwarded to Linda, contact David,

Southington (Central Connecticut): Fantastic Worlds
Bill Pierce And now, a web-page:

Summer 98 prospectus: New group forming in Sept. 98 watch this space for further details! In Southington (Central Connecticut) I am about halfway between New York (the big apple) and Boston. Both cities are about 1 1/2 hours away. In preparation for my attempt at getting together a discussion group, I have just contacted GEOCITIES and have registered a homestead on one of their free web-sites. I thought this would be a good way for people to get information about a CT based group.

2/5/99 UPDATE: After several months of Winter Doldrums, I'm once again moving towards getting a Connecticut based discussion group. As you may recall my two attempts in September and October turned out to be duds. BUT!!! My wife and I found a unique place in Middletown (near Wesylean College) Connecticut that is part used book store and part meeting place and they expressed interest in hosting a discussion group. I'll keep you posted with updates. In the meantime, please change my e-mail contact address from the Geocities one which I never use to this snetaddress. thanks, bill pierce

*Tampa Bay: Hobbiton*
Paul S. Ritz
P.O. Box 901, .
Clearwater, FL 34617
7/15/99 updated E-mail:

North Central Florida: Eryn Galen (Greenwood The Great!)
B.L. McCauley. To have mail forwarded to McCauley, send e-mail (or snail mail) to David Lenander (address above) or

7/1/98--Note from Barbara: We are going to try to start up in the fall when school starts. I have, I think, a nucleus of people, probably 4 counting me, with 2 others having expressed interest depending on what night we meet. We will see what we get with a nice PR campaign... My particular interest is Tolkien, but I am setting up the group to focus on fantasy and comparative mythology and archetypes. Will let you know how it goes...:)--Barbara

September 3. Our second first meeting is scheduled. . . . I'll let you know how we do. Yes, I am still here and still interested. I am hoping for a small and enthusiastic group..:)

Atlanta Area: Central Atlantis
8/9/99 Address Update!
Irv Koch
3630 Salem Dr.
Lithonia, GA 30038-2941
telephone: 770-593-3350

*Hoschton: Sheep, indeed*
Beau Farr
5685 Hwy 332
Hoschton, GA 30548

updated! 6/99. Peoria: The Far Westfarthing smial
Mike Foster,
Rt. 1, Metamora IL 61548

The Far Westfarthing -smial- will meet at 1 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Penguin Tap in Peoria Heights. Bored of the Rings took April and May because we were laughing so hard.Ordinarily we will meet the First Friday of each month at Wernsman's Pub in Germantown Hills at 1 p.m. The Far Out Newsletter.

St. Louis: The Khazad
S. Gary & Sylvia Hunnewell, E-Mail:
Also the contact person for the New England Tolkien Society (headquartered in St. Louis, MO)--Don't ask me, ask Gary (a.k.a. Hildifons Took)!

Julie Bailey, e-mail:
2008-F Woodman Dr. Houghton, MI 49931

Islip [Long Island area]: C. S. Lewis reading group
You are invited to join in a C. S. Lewis reading group every Wednesday night at the Presbyterian Church of Islip, 340 Main Street, Islip, NY. The group currently meets at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested, please contact the Church office at 516-581-1080. Here are some discussion reports & other info:

Asheville: The Western North Carolina C. S. Lewis Society
Don King, e-mail:

updated 3/2000. Charlotte: The Carolina Tolkien Society
Matthew & Renita S. Peeler, 602 West Peeler St. , Apartment 6-Q; Salisbury, North Carolina 28146 Phone : (704) 279-9154
Publishes newsletter/'zine: The Eldarin Times

*Dayton-Kettering: The Prancing Pony*
Eileen Ribbler, phone: (937)256-1830
1912 Hazel Avenue
Kettering, OH 45420-2122

Akron area.
Some areas around me that you could refer to me would be Medina, Kent, Canton, and Hudson.
David Staley
463 Rexford St.
Akron, OH 44314

Diane Joy Baker
1512 W. North Bend Rd. #3
Cincinnati, OH 45224 E-mail:

Salem/Portland area
See below under regular groups.

*Lancaster Area: C.S. Lewis & Friends*
Neil Gussman, 609 North President Avenue, Lancaster PA 17603, Phone is 717-392-1077.; e-mail:

Pittsburgh area
Will Vaus
Murrysville Community Church
3750 School Road
Murrysville, PA 15668
--interested in a CSL-focused group. E-mail:

Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area (NE PA)
Glenn Sadler Contact: at Department of English, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. I would be willing to be a contact person for a branch here. I live in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area (NE PA). Bloomsburg is about 38 miles from Wilkes-Barre.

*Columbia Area: The Columbia C.S. Lewis Society*
Louise Grooms 205 Parkshore East Columbia, SC 29223
We will be meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 278-A Harbison Blvd., Columbia, S.C. 29212.
Our reading list is as follows

*Nashville: Spare Oom*
Mary and Conrad Stolzenbach

Dallas: South Farthing
Richard Ruane

*Seattle: Mithlond*
Lenore Jackson, e-mail: (206)284-2976
2125 1st Ave. W. #4 Seattle, WA 98119 For more info, contact: John James at


Greater Los Angeles: Niggle's Parish, a Reading and Discussion Group
8/5/99--NEW CONTACT PERSON: Gracia Fay Ellwood [info to be added in a few days]

Los Angeles/Pasadena: Mydgard
Lee Speth, 920 N. Atlantic #E, Alhambra, CA

San Francisco Bay Area: Khazad-Düm
Edith L. Crowe & Amy M. Wisniewski, Secretarial Team or

Denver Area: Fanuidhol (Cloudy Head)
Patricia Vivien Yarrow, e-mail:
2465 South Franklin Street
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-6759 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time; messages taken by Sasquatch D. Mutt. Homepage:

Washington & Suburbs: Knossos
Mimi Stevens, e-mail: mimis@EROLS.COM
KNOSSOS meets usually on the third Friday of each month except December, when we have a restaurant meeting on a Sunday afternoon. A History of the Knossos group, by Wendell Wagner. And here's the latest Knossos Knotes text.

Honolulu: Sammath Naur (and here's a report on their recent 20th anniversary celebration)
For Information contact Ken Burtness, 59-557B Ke Iki Road, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712. (808) 638-7497 home, and (808) 655-2256 work. e-mail: Sammath Naur has an associated book discussion group, Moolelo Hoaloha.

Baton Rouge: Roke
Contact Person: Sally Budd, 1705 Nashville #12, Hammond, LA 70401

"Topics include recent or classic fantasy novels or movies. Occasional guest speakers."

Ann Arbor-Flint: Galadhremmin Ennorath
Dave & Grace Lovelace, (of Milan, MI) or
Meetings start at 7:30 PM unless otherwise arranged, and alternate between Flint and Ann Arbor, MI. every other meeting we do Tolkien or Lewis or Williams (in rotation), and the alternate months we do something else. We've been doing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, but we finally caught up to the most recent one.Some Discussion Reports

Minneapolis-St. Paul: Rivendell
David Lenander, 293 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102-1811 (612)292-8887
Meetings are normally on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. During the school year, we meet on the U of MN Mpls. campus.We also have a sister group, Second Foundation, devoted to SF discussion * (FFI: Contact Eric Heideman: 825-9353).
For further local SF & Fantasy events news, call the Minn-stiff hotline: 824-5559.
Our scheduled regular monthly discussions during 1998 will be:

Reno: Crickhollow,
Joanne Burnett-Bowen, E-mail:
3275 Vickie Lane
Sparks, NV 89431 .

10/13/99 updated LISTING!! OREGON
Salem/Portland area
Donovan Matole
65 Sweden Circle
Silverton, OR 97381 (home) (work)
503-874-1314 (home) web-page also

I just wanted to let you know that the Oregon Discussion Group is off to a great start. The first meeting was held on July 18th and had a good turn-out of Inking lovers. The group will continue to meet on the third Sunday of each month at 7 PM at Borders Books & Music - 2235 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, Oregon 97305, 503-375-9588

The next three books have been decided upon.

Milwaukee: The Burrahobbits
Jeffrey & Jan Long, 1903 N. 118th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53226.


The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship (ELF)
web page:
Carl F. Hostetter, e-mail:
Publishes newsletter, Vinyar Tengwar, bimonthly.
The ELF also endorses or sponsors Chris Gilson's Parma Eldalamberon ("the book of the Elven tongues"):
Christopher Gilson, Editor, Parma Eldalamberon, 500-C North Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 e-mail:
Northern California E.L.F. For further info: Arden Smith, P.O. Box 4395, Berkeley, CA 94704
Washington Area E.L.F. For further info: Carl Hostetter (above).


Butterbur's Woodshed (general fantasy)
New contacts: Diane Joy Baker [] & Mary Stolzenbach [].
Publishes an amateur press association (correspondence circular), deadlines on the first of odd-numbered months.
For more information, and a complete list of topics, go to The Butterbur's Woodshed homepage

Once Upon a Time (children's fantasy)
Laura Krentz, E-mail:
Publishes an amateur press association (correspondence circular), deadlines on the first of even-numbered months.

February 99 issue is number 50, a special celebratory issue.

Online discussion of Charles Williams
3/27/98 update: 'Coinherence' is up to approximately 138 members, within an average of 20-25 messages per week.

For more information about Coinherence, contact David Davis,
'Co-Inherence', is the lightly moderated e-list for discussion and application of the works and ideas of Charles Williams. Charles Williams (1886-1945) was a writer of books, plays, and poetry; he
was a Christian, as well as a friend and Oxford collegue of C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien. His novels and poetry were respected by such diverse people as T.S.Eliot, Lewis, and W.H.Auden. His most popular works are still his novels, termed 'spiritual thrillers' by Eliot, in which theological themes and metaphysical realms are treated with the appearance of extreme realism! Williams is the godfather of much of the 'spiritual warfare' literature currently in vogue, and his literary work
stands as a bridge between the mystical or occult interests, and orthodox affirmations and communities, of his various readers. We have brought up this e-list in the hope of building an informed readership for Williams' work, and exploring the application of his philosopical and theological ideas in Christian practice. The list functions as a dynamic companion for the Web site, The Web of Exchange
where images and text around the Williamsian themes and motifs are also explored. This e-list is open to all, but lurking and trolling are frowned upon; 'bearing one another's burdens', and open, intelligent debate and discussion are strongly encouraged!
Subscribe by sending e-mail to
" " (program)
with the following text in the body:
"subscribe coinherence your name"
That should do it! N.B. : Majordomo *does not* read the Subject: header or write to (person). has approximately 138 subscribers.


Other groups are listed for the interest of Mythopoeic Society members. If you know of an interesting group that discusses mythopoeic literature and meets regularly, send us the information.


IAFA-L, a listserv of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
Open if you have e-mail. Just send a message (no subject) to with the line SUBSCRIBE IAFA-L [your name], and nothing else. A good place for discussion of scholarly/academic/criticism topics in fantasy as well.

Mere Lewis, the C. S. Lewis mailing list. To subscribe, write to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM and in the body of your message (not the subject line, leave the subject line blank), write only: SUBSCRIBE MERELEWIS FirstName LastName Example: Subscribe merelewis John Doe Once you do this, you'll get a validation request -- all you need to do is hit reply and type in the body of the message: OK and send it back, and the process will be complete.
Here's a sample exchange from Mere Lewis, on Starting a Local CSL Group
Mere Lewis is now also discussing a "Book of the Month":


There is a newsgroup called, appropriately enough, alt.books.cs-lewis.


George MacDonald Society
J. Joseph Flynn, 2220 Mandeville Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 e-mail:

The Kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor In Exile
contact: John Houghton
John Duke of Numenor
8012 Kingsbury Avenue #3 Clayton, MO 63105
They publish the Chronicles of the Restoration

The Southern California C.S. Lewis Society
Edie Dougherty, 1212 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247

The group meets regularly on the third Wednesday of every month, excepting July, August and December, at the Faculty Commons Room at Fuller Seminary, 135 N. Oakland St. in Pasadena, CA at 7:30 p.m. The Society's publication, the Lamp-Post, is a quarterly literary review that publishes Lewis scholarship, thoughtful essay, fiction, poetry and reviews, all related to extending and exploring Lewis's thought. Subscription comes with membership (most of our members do not live in Southern California!), and is $12 a year, $8 for seniors, students and libraries. It is one of the formost publications of Lewis scholarship in the world, but is also for the interested lay reader.

Each summer the Society sponsors a one week retreat and workshop at St. Andrew's Benedictine Abbey in the high desert of California at Valyermo. This year the 22nd anniversary summer workshop was about "Living Like Narnians: Christian Life-Style in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia" presented by Dr. Paul Ford, author of Companion to Narnia, and the Rev. Paul Clasper. The dates were July 8-12. I've been to several of these weeks and they always prove to be a wonderful spiritual house cleaning.

If anybody wants to email me concerning the Lamp-Post, the workshop or the society, my email address is the proper one to publish.
Jim Prothero, Sr. Editor e-mail:

New York CSL Society.
Clara Sarrocco, 84-23 77th Ave., Glendale NY 11385
Meet at 7:45 p.m. in the Parish House of The Church of the Ascension located at 12 W 11th Street, Manhattan -- Everyone is welcome -- Call 1-212-254-8620 after noon on the meeting day if there is a question of possible cancellation. On-street parking opens at 7; the Strand Bookstore, containing 8 miles of books, is 3 blocks away.
The New York C.S. Lewis Society 1997-8 Meetings -- on the second Friday each month except August

Richard West, e-mail:
The Tolkien Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison meets on Sundays, 7:30-9:30ish pm, in Union South on the Madison campus, 227 N. Randall Ave. Check "Today in the Union" for the exact room. Meetings will be held in Union South on the UW-Madison campus, 227 North Randall Avenue, on the Sundays listed below, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and continuing until the group breaks up, which is usually between 9:30-10:00 p.m.


For further information about the Tolkien Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, e-mail us at or write to Richard West, 1918 Madison Street, Madison, WI 53711-2128. Or consult our webpage, Richard C. West Kurt F. Wendt Library 215 N. Randall Ave. University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706-1688 email: or telephone: 608/262-3536

Now, while these dates are probable, our series reservation request to the Union has not yet been confirmed, so it is possible there may be some changes. If so, we will notify people as soon as we know. The June 20 date has been confirmed, but be aware that Union South closes at 10:00 p.m. that day so we will need to be out by that time.

The 13-week run of _Babylon 5: Crusade_ on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. CST on TNT begins on June 9.

Bree Moot 45 / Mythcon 30 will be held at the Cousins Center in Milwaukee from July 29 to August 2. Guests of honor will be Douglas A. Anderson, Gary Hunnewell, and Sylvia Hunnewell.

For further information about the Tolkien Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, e-mail us at, or write to Richard West, 1918 Madison Street, Madison, WI 53711- 2128.

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