Pagan Event Reviews
Year: 2014 ...
Sacred Space Conference
Beltania Festival (Florence, Colorado)
Sacred Space 2014 Conference
Summerland Spirit Festival 2013
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Sacred Space Conference
Sacred Space Conference 2013
Houston Pagan Conference 2013
Free Spirit Gathering 2013: Many Paths
2013 Midwest Witches "Steampunk" Ball
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Between the Worlds: An Interfaith Esoteric Conference
Sirius Rising & Summerfest 2012
Starwood 32--Review by Oberon Zell
Why Celebrate International Pagan Coming Out Day?
Spring Mysteries Festival XXVII
Celebrating 20 Years: St. Louis Pagan Picnic Reaches a Milestone
Summer Solstice Ritual, SF Ocean Beach
Summerland Spirit Festival 2012
Toon Town’s Pagan Summer Fest: A Ten Year Long Dream
Mabon with Blackberry Circle
Salem, Oregon Celebrates Its First Pagan Pride Day (2012)
NorthWest Fall Equinox Festival (NWFEF) 2012 (Review)
Michigan Midwest Bazaar and Witches Ball
Year: 2011 ...
Starwood Festival 2011 (A Review by Oberon Zell)
Sacred Space Celebrates Twenty-one Years!
The New Orleans Witches' Ball
"New Fire in Deep Winter: Oimelc in Minnesota"
St. Louis Pagan Picnic
Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom
Summerland Spirit Festival 2011: The Initiation of a Community
2011 Midwest Witches Ball and Bazaar
Through the Looking Glass Midwest - Michigan's 2011 Witches Ball:
Year: 2010 ...
Sacred Space Conference
Review: Sirius Rising
Free Spirit Gathering
43rd Annual Gathering of the Tribes
Summerfest 2010 (Festival Review)
Midwest Witches' Ball 2010
Year: 2008 ...
The Sacred Space Conference and Winterfest Banquet
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
Sacred Harvest Festival 2008
The Land Institute Prairie Festival 2008
Sacred Harvest Festival 2008; The Fool's Journey, Breaking the Hermetic Seal
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4th of July Pagan Religious Rights Rally and Ritual and Chesapeake Pagan Community Summer Gathering
Sirius Rising 2007: Making Connections
The 12th Annual Halloween Festival London UK
Louisville Pagan Pride Day
Central Vermont Lughnasadh Festival
2nd Annual Children's Camp
Year: 2006 ...
Harvest Home Gathering 2006 (picts added Oct. 18)
Southeast Women's Herbal Conference
Toronto Pagan Conference
Canadian National Pagan Conference
Sirius Rising 2006
Rally for Religious Freedom
Brazilian Mabon Celebration in Săo Paulo
Chesapeake Pagan Community Gathering: Dancing with Devas 2006
WitchFest Wales, 2006
Pagan Pride Day - Metro Detroit
Rochester Pagan Pride Day
The 2006 Between the Worlds Men's Gathering
Hellfire Caves Ritual
Beltaine 2006: A Pagan Odyssey
Year: 2005 ...
Tara Summer Solstice 2005
Starwood XXV: Feelin' the Love
Persephone's Masquerade: The 4th Annual OHF Spring Ball
Pictures from New Orleans
Sirius Rising 2005: Restoring the Balance
Harvest Home 2005: Magick, Imagination, and Love
Spirit's Haven in the Woods
Inner Mysteries Intensive with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
People of Beauty, People of Peace: CPC Summer Gathering 2005
Mid-Atlantic Pagan Alliance’s Wicked Awesome Lugh Beach Party
WES Raises Funds for Katrina Victims
Adirondack Pagan Pride Day
The 2005 Between The Worlds Men's Gathering
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Author: Ciddragon Sunseeker [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: April 17th. 2005
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For the 2nd year in a row, the Pagan Bazaar was held in Apple Valley, California, in the High Desert area of Southern California’s San Bernardino County, on Sunday, the 3rd of April. The event was sponsored by the Victor Valley PAGAN Discussion Group and was hosted on in acreage at the private residence of one of the Discussion Group’s members. This Bazaar is held annually to provide  a springtime festival for the local Pagan community,  a opportunity for that Pagan community to obtain information, services & merchandise from a large variety of friendly vendors, and  to reach out to the rest of the people in the Victor Valley area, letting them know a little more about our own community.
As expected, the Bazaar was larger than last year’s event in every way. By the time of the opening at 10:00am, some 48 vendors—from around Southern California and as far away as Las Vegas—were set up and eager. There were at least 401 people attending the festival, a number that was easily tallied since each person coming in the only walk through entrance was given a free raffle ticket. And those attending brought with them a total of 384 pounds of canned food, which was donated to and gratefully accepted by Samaritan’s Helping Hand food bank in Victorville. With the exception of some strong gusting winds later in the day, the event went smoothly.
The atmosphere at the Bazaar was intoxicating and the energy from the crowd was highly visible. Some of those attending the event participated to the fullest extent, wearing ritual attire, or Pagan clothing or RenFaire costume. About an hour after the Bazaar opened its gates, there was as Wiccan Opening Ritual that was given by Five Points Circle Coven, and there were a number of non-coven-members who participated.
An instrumental and singing group from Orange County, The Clover Fields—which had previously appeared in public only a few times—played and sang their way through two sets of primarily Celtic-influenced folk music during the day and were well received. There were a number of other firsts for this year’s Bazaar, including a meditational stone circle, a labyrinth, three rituals instead of just the one opening ritual, a food vendor, a demonstration of shamanic drumming by drum vendors Lizzie Drums & Heartbeat of the Goddess, as well as one on playing the singing crystal bowls by Elivia Melodey of Crystal Vibrations Music.
One of the vendors—Stone Garden Sculptures—set up a 14-foot diameter stone circle for personal meditation, and when it came time for the second ritual to be conducted, the Druid Order of the Sacred Grove from Las Vegas, Nevada, used the stone circle for part of their ritual.
Adjacent to the vendors’ area, but definitely separated from it, a labyrinth was set up by Enchanted Crystal from Running Springs, California, and during the day over 50 individuals took a guided meditational walk through it.
The third ritual was coordinated by a local coven, Gryffin’s Oasis of Victorville. Their Aura Car Wash was a fun, energetic cleansing of auras as a number of people walked through the ‘car wash.’
Next year’s event is already in the planning stages, and the sponsors are looking for an indoor location large enough to accommodate several entertainment areas separate from an area for workshops & lectures, and perhaps areas not only for children’s activities but also for a pagan art show. And when one couples all of that with an area big enough to accommodate at least 55 vendors, perhaps Pagan Bazaar 2006 will be really outstanding.
Syd Gardner, Bazaar 2005 Coordinator
Location: Apple Valley, California
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