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Central NC Pagan Pride Days 2011 - Final Report

posted Oct 5, 2011, 1:28 PM by Johnson Davis   [ updated Nov 11, 2011, 5:51 AM ]

I woke up at 5am on Saturday morning, September 17th, and it was raining.  Still raining, I should say, since it rained on us Friday night while we marked off the booth spaces. Cold and wet, our intrepid group of volunteer staffers all showed up three hours early at the fairgrounds and we started setting up the festival grounds and registering vendors.

Thirty minutes before opening time, still cold and wet, with everything taking longer than expected, a few of us joined up at the front gate to setup the welcome booth.  For me, this is when the tide turned.  There was already a line of eager attendees waiting, in the rain, chatting and laughing with each other, excited about the event.  We deputized half of them into volunteers right on the spot, and a half hour later, everything was ready.

It rained off and on all day, but that didn't seem to slow people down very much.  If anything, it brought attendees  closer as they scurried from canopy to canopy amongst the 60 vendors and local groups that had setup in the rain that morning.  The musicians played, the singers sang, the dancers danced, and the workshoppers workshopped, wet or not.  Day one drew to a close and it looked like we had actually matched last year's first day attendance and donations, in spite of the cold and wet.

Day two began cold and dreary but, ye gods, without rain.  And, as always on the second day, everyone was more relaxed.  Even more people were waiting to get in than the day before, and we saw an increase in attendance and donations over last year's 2nd day.  More music, more dancing, more workshops, and on this day, lots of drumming, too.

Our final numbers for 2011:
   2100 total attendance
   5700 pounds worth of food bank donations
   22 pints of blood donated

The folks waiting outside in the rain for the beginning of the festival, the folks that cried when they found the free brochures to give to their employers and their kids' teachers, the folks that were laughing about the Cthuhlu cakes, faces covered in green and purple icing, the folks that thanked anyone who would listen for having this festival, those are the folks we'll remember when we're tired, when we're asking ourselves why we do this.   

Have some ideas or suggestions or comments about the festival?  Want to start getting more involved?  Show up at our final meeting at Gaia's Gardens on Sunday October 9th, 2011 at 2pm. Can't make the meeting?  Contact us over the web and we'll read your messages at the meeting.

Gaia's Gardens
855 West Morgan St
Raleigh, NC
Contact form:

Blessed Be and a bag of chips,
Johnson Davis
Central NC Pagan Pride Days
Phone +1-919-283-3733

Central NC (Raleigh) PPD 2011 is all done!

posted Sep 18, 2011, 9:29 PM by Johnson Davis   [ updated Oct 5, 2011, 1:26 PM ]

Hi all,

The second day of our Raleigh event is over, and the weather was worlds better than the first day.  Rough attendance was over 2000 across both days, and we collected at least 5,500 lbs worth of food and cash for the food bank.  This is an increase in both over last year, which is amazing considering how rainy and cold it was during the first day.   I'll publish final numbers next week, after getting our final weigh-in at the food bank.  Overall, everything went well, with higher workshop attendance, more volunteers. Oh, and we got a busload of college students studying religion, which was kind of cool.   Anyway, time to sleep for 14 hours...  G'night!

Johnson Davis
Central NC Pagan Pride Days
Phone +1-919-283-3733

Chant with me: "Clear, Cool and Dry"

posted Sep 15, 2011, 9:12 PM by Johnson Davis

One more day, and I can hardly wait!  At 10:45am on Saturday morning, the gates open on two days of music, shopping, rituals, workshops, new friends and more.  Admittance is one item for the food bank, so hop in your car, grab a cab, or flag down a bus and head over for a weekend of fun and maybe some accidental education. 

And if you have any sway with the weather, chant with me now:

     Cool, clear and dry.
     Cool, clear and dry.
     Cool, clear and dry.
See you there.

Raffles & Auctions

posted Sep 13, 2011, 9:32 PM by Johnson Davis

Our vendors and local groups have donated a wide variety of goods and services to be raffled and auctioned off.


We will have multiple raffles going on during the festival.  Buy as many raffle tickets as you like and gather when the drawings are announced for the selection of winners by the blind hand of Fate (or maybe Melissa if Fate is busy again.).


Join us on the green at 2pm both days for an action packed auction, face to face with other bidders, no screen names or eSnipe to hide behind...


Here are some examples of the items we will have:

Crystal Ball

This is a 5" diameter (a little larger than a music CD) Quartz Crystal Ball, retailing for $140. Manufactured by first pulverizing and then melting a powder of pure natural quartz - the ball is then hand-carved from a solid clear block. It is not glass, nor is lead used in its manufacture. It is all Quarz Crystal, resulting in a gorgeous and clear ball.

Truely Unique -

Altar Guardians

Hello there!  We are Altar Guardians- little draconic fae that have found our way here and hopefully into your home! We provide protection over altars, houses, children and cookies. Please be careful with us, as we are NOT toys and fragile to roughhousing. We can perch just about anywhere, but be cautious- we like warm places so do not let us hide in the oven or the microwave. Also, beware if you leave your cabinets open- we have sweet teeth and are likely to only leave you crumbs. We hope you adopt one of us today!

Each guardian has its own name and little story that goes home with it. Pictured here is the ice guardian, Frost. He won't be going to auction, but one of his friends will.

White Hart's Haunt -

Jewelry Box

This is a beautiful, hand carved jewelry box, with lined inner tray and ornate carved decorations.

Earth Tradtions -

Bacchus Cast Wall Hanging

My wife says it is very nice.  Too bad we can't play...

Raven's Willow -

Amethyst Crystal Cluster

This is an Amethyst Cluster, a gorgeous collection of Amethyst crystals bursting from a base.   This cluster has not been treated, and retails for $25.*

Fran "Obsidian" Harris
Obsidians Caldera

* stand/base not included.

Pre-Event Meeting for Volunteers

posted Sep 6, 2011, 2:15 PM by Johnson Davis

Want to help at the 2011 Central NC Pagan Pride Days Festival?  You are invited to attend our final planning meeting this Sunday, September 11th, at 3pm at the NC State Fairgrounds at Gate 5 (974 Youth Center Dr, Raleigh, NC).   We will be assigning groups and leaders for the various jobs and tasks required to put on the festival the following weekend (September 17th and 18th).   We can't wait to meet you all!

Lots of Workshops

posted Sep 2, 2011, 8:37 AM by Johnson Davis

Many authors, practitioners and artisans will be sharing their knowledge and skills in workshops at the festival.    All workshops are free, with materials and supplies generously donated by our workshop leaders.

Saturday September 17th Sunday September 18th

Group 1


Practical Shamanism: Earthchange Edition Introduction Leader: Azurae Windwalker Introduction to Wicca Leader: Rev. Jason Bzdula Creative Writing with Tarot Leader: WiseWomanTarot Basic Rune Reading Leader: Starlight Calaio

Group 2


Mojo Bags: Incorporating a Hoodoo Tradition into a Pagan Path Leader: Sister Sarah Crystal Personalities Leader: Linda Reany Understanding Astrocartography Leader: Darrell Steen A Sacred Sound Experience Leader: Grandmother Moon Dust

Group 3


Potions, Lotions & Notions Leader: Kay Soto (a.k.a. Livinggreen) Wild Earth Magick with Poetry Leader: Dena Ferrari Making Incense Blends Leader: Magus Spellwriting through Poerty Leader: Heather

Group 4


Pagan Hide or Pagan Pride Moderated Discussion Quantum Magick: Where Science meets Mysticism Leader: Michelle Jenkins

Last Day to Register

posted Aug 29, 2011, 8:15 AM by Johnson Davis   [ updated Aug 29, 2011, 8:25 AM ]

The last day to register for one of the new booth spaces we added for the 2011 event is this Wednesday, August 31st, and there are now only two left.  Register at
Due to overwhelming demand, we ADDED NEW SPACES for booths in the "Outback", a virtual area that actually means we will find a place for you at the festival, somewhere.  (Vendor booths in the other areas SOLD OUT a week after normal registration began. )  If you have any questions, please call +1-919-283-3733 to inquire.
  • Vendor Space (10x10, two days) $95
  • Overnight Stay (dorm bed, showers, meals for one) $20
  • Become an Individual Supporter for $5 or Sponsor for $75
See you in September!

Entertainment Lineup

posted Aug 27, 2011, 9:07 AM by

The entertainment lineup for this year’s Pagan Pride Days sees the return of many familiar faces. PPD just wouldn’t be the same without our Knights at Arms of European Martial Arts Academy battling it out right in front of our eyes, and so they’re back again to dazzle us with their great skill. The opening act for each of our two days of Pagan Pride Days will be none other then Mermaid Morrigan and the wonderful sounds of her hammered dulcimer. Also, in honor of the last Harry Potter movie, we welcome back those Wizards of Rock, The Blibbering Humdingers. And for your visual entertainment we will have belly dancing and artistic dancing as done by The Succubus Sorority, Raven Moonstar, and newcomers P.U.R.E. There will also be Caitlyn doing her busking as always, and Amanda Mistress of the Hoop going with the Flow. Our main act for Saturday will be local sensation Airtite Alibi with a possible guest appearance by Twisted Notes. And last but not least, our final act of Pagan Pride Days will be the drumming group One Tribe. For more information visit our website at and check out the Entertainment page and the Schedule Page. We look forward to seeing you there.

Central NC PPD Call for Volunteers!

posted Aug 25, 2011, 11:06 AM by Johnson Davis

The Central North Carolina Pagan Pride Days festival is put on every year by a fantastic group of volunteers.  People from all over the state will join together to help out their community and make our PPD, right here in Raleigh, one of the largest in the country.  On September 17th & 18th, we expect over 2000 pagans to show up to the fairgrounds for two days of fun, shopping, and learning.

We need individuals to help with all manner of duties such as setting up the event (putting up tents, hanging signs, unloading trucks), running errands, helping out with mini events (raffle, auction, info booth), assisting with children’s activities, and especially, helping to dismantle the whole thing on Sunday evening.

Groups are especially welcome.  Once again we have The Wilson Pagan’s taking on the herculean task of manning the front gate, and The Sojourner crew is hosting the overnight guests on Saturday night, and we cannot thank them enough.  Perhaps you know a group that would like to commit some time to help out?

So please, go to our Volunteer sign up page and donate a few hours of your time to assist us in putting on this amazing festival.

Without you, none of this would be possible

Any questions, please email or call 1-919-283-3733

53 Vendors and 13 Local Groups Hosting Booths

posted Aug 24, 2011, 8:57 AM by Johnson Davis

This year we have 53 vendors and 13 local groups hosting booths at Central NC Pagan Pride Days.  At our vendor booths you will find a huge variety of items, including  jewelry, apparel, art, ritual tools and supplies, and the list goes on and on.  You will also find aural photography, Mehndi, tarot readings and more.  Visit booths hosted by local groups to meet practitioners of Druidism, Wicca, and Asatru, and to meet groups that support the pagan community. 

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