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.
855 West Morgan St
Contact form: http://2011.cncppd.org/contact-us
Blessed Be and a bag of chips,
Central NC Pagan Pride Days
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!
Central NC Pagan Pride Days
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.
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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.
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This is a beautiful, hand carved jewelry box, with lined inner tray and ornate carved decorations.
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My wife says it is very nice. Too bad we can't play...
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is an Amethyst Cluster, a gorgeous collection of Amethyst crystals
bursting from a base. This cluster has not been treated, and retails
Fran "Obsidian" Harris
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.
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 http://cncppd2011.eventbrite.com/.
----------------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.
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 http://www.cncppd.org/ and check out the Entertainment page and the Schedule Page. We look forward to seeing you there.
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. http://www.cncppd.org/participate/volunteer
Without you, none of this would be possible
Any questions, please email email@example.com or call 1-919-283-3733
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.