The Festival of Courage has become a special community event to help local schools and non-profits raise money for education programs while having fun in medieval style. From the bounty of nature we gather the fruits of the harvest and store up the light to guide us through the darkness of winter. This celebration of the autumnal equinox Michaelmas, also called the Festival of Courage, is to draw courage and strength within ourselves to face the cold and dark times to come. The story of this festival teaches us that we have the courage to face the dragon, the courage to stand alone amongst the stars, courage to reach farther than our grasp, the courage to share with others, courage to make it through the darkness. We find the courage though myths and stories that we can create the magic to help us have the courage to face the winter.