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Through the Looking Glass Midwest - Michigan's 2011 Witches Ball:

Author: Midwest Witches' Ball [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: October 23rd. 2011
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Sponsored by: Midwest Witches Ball Committee
Location: Troy Mi
Event Date(s): October, 15, 2011
Attendance: 500

Through the Looking Glass Midwest - Michigan's 2011 Witches Ball:
The Most Magickal and Fun Event of the Year
by Ellen Bergstrom - Greenbridge

If the purpose of the Michigan Witches Ball is to have fun, this year's event definitely made the mark. Wait, (there's more) , no, it far exceeded it! Many people who had attended several Witches Balls in the past told me without hesitation that this year's was the best ever. You didn't have to be an Empath or Psychic to pick up on the Excitement, Magick and fun vibes/energy! And though the majority of those who attended seemed to consider themselves to be Neopagans of some kind, the event is open to anyone. Yet it certainly is a very Pagan-centered celebration, with a capital “C”. I have wanted to attend for many years but have been busy with academic pursuits. So I felt lucky to have finally attended during the best year ever!

The theme this year, “Through the Looking Glass, ” was well represented by people dressed up as various cards of the deck, Queen's, a very large rabbit and other character's from the book about “Alice in Wonderland.” There was a good representation of this theme. However amongst the 500 or so individuals that attended (a record so far) there was a wide variety of costumes and dress. There were werewolves, vampires, ghosts and ghouls of all kinds, zombies, of course witches of all kinds, etc, etc. Many were well-attired the their best formal dress.

The DJ, John Bommarito, was fantastic and played a wide variety of music inspiring enthusiasm, dancing and fun. Crowd participation in dance was high. A fantastic, Magickal Spiral Dance took place after the election of the King and Queen. The election, included a “spank-off, ” after the winner couldn't be determined by the clapping and cheering from the large group attending. The winning royal couple Brian and Darla seemed to be the most professionally attired zombies I have ever seen. Very authentic costumes, no doubt, helped them to win the titles. One of runners up was the White Witch, who was not shy about lifting her attire to participate in the “spank-off.”

The food and accommodations at the “Met” were great and all the staff seemed more than accommodating.

This year's event was the 15th year, and it has been growing bigger and better each year. So if you would like to have some real FUN, experience the excitement by being in the company of the most Magickal people in Michigan, if not the entire Midwest (there were many people attending from other nearby as well as far away states) and enjoy dancing and Pagans, be sure to never miss this event. It will definitely put a smile on your face that probably won't leave you, no matter what else is going on in your life, for at least New Year's Eve. Then you can party again for “smile-maintenance.”

As Gordon Ireland has said, the Ball is not possible without the many volunteers and sponsors. Many people volunteered their time and skills and dollars to put this together. Be sure to patronize the sponsors. A list of them can be found at

And if that was not enough, they also held a Witches Bazaar, earlier in the day at the same site. One could purchase magickal and witchy objects, attire, books etc. of all kinds. This (and Convocation) is the time I will reserve to purchase my own such objects. I purchased a lovely pentagram pendant, flanked by red bejeweled half moons from Autumn Moon, one of the vendors. This is also a good time to contribute to some of our favorite Pagan charities such as the Tempest Smith Foundation and Pagans in Need.

Needless to say Vince and I loved sharing all of this with all of you and look forward to returning again every year.

Thanks to everyone who gave me their opinions of this event!


Midwest Witches' Ball

Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Website: http://www.greanwitch.wordpress

Bio: Ellen Bergstrom – Greenbridge is a writer, social worker, life coach and practitioner of a holistic energy practice she developed called “Holistic Journeying, ” She is also a long time Neopagan of the Path, Shamanic Wicca, a gifted Empath and reader and can be contacted at or or phone 810-845-6766.

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