fasnacht: wild + creative antidote for winter

This Saturday is Fasnacht, a wildly pagan, pre-Lenten festival that takes place in Helvetia, a tiny town deep in the West Virginia Appalachians that was settled by the Swiss in the 1860’s. It is like Mardi Gras in a cold snowy land: revelers parade through the town wearing terrifying homemade masks and carrying lanterns lit…

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