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St. Louis Pagan Picnic 2015

Author: Shion Flame
Posted: July 9th. 2015
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Sponsored by: Tango Argentina Food, Pagan Picnic.org,
Location: Tower Grove Park
Event Date(s): June 6th and 7th, 2015

My family and I were up by five in the morning for the three-hour drive from Kennett Missouri to St. Louis. All of our things were gathered the night before and we hauled them to the car double checking and hanging a charm on the rear-view mirror for a safe and successful journey. We came off of Arsenal St. but that was a little far off for our tastes Ėespecially if you have lots to tote. If not, then you will enjoy the lovely twelve-minute walk and view of the many beautiful trees that grow in Tower Park.

We entered through the back of vendorsí row and noticed S.J. Tuckerís booth immediately. My little girl is quite a fan but didnít immediately recognize that S.J. was sitting down behind the booth. Of course a few moments later she made sure to have a C.D. signed and I had to keep her from jumping right behind the booth and throwing her arms around her. From there we took our first walk through of vendorís row. The brief overview gave us an idea of where we would try to visit later. We made our way to the Information book and picked up this yearís program. If youíre new donít skip this, it is a real help finding your way around.

A little while back I wrote an article on keeping Shadow Books. I most often keep mine in binders. I managed to find a vendor who made wonderful wood-burned binders perfect for journals and records of any kind. I look forward to custom ordering more of these in the future. If youíd like one, look up them up at countryhillcreations.com and visit their Etsy shop.
I followed Spiritís Edge for some time on Facebook and did some research on the group, the establishment and what kinds of things they are doing in the community. I found the people at the booth very friendly and talked to them about workshops.

There were several mask makers out at the picnic who were leather workers. Scott L. Schoonover beautifully crafted the work. I find myself looking at masks for closer to the end of June as well as for autumn festivals Ėspecifically the festival of the Ancestors (Samhain, Halloween, and Souls Night etc.) So if you too are looking, you might start there. You can find the masks online at www.slsmasks.com or custom order by sending an email to slsmasks@gmail.com.

I didnít try any myself but the lemonade must have been popular. Yellow cups dotted the flow of people footing down vendorsí row for most of the day. For those who might be curious, as far as prices go, Iíd say they were quite fair. I try to save at least $100.00 for these kinds of events but you donít have to spend a dime if that isnít on your priority list. The teriyaki sticks were packed with meat at six dollars each (I could barely finish one) and the medium snow cones were three dollars each, which is what I pay right in my hometown. Shop around before you buy is the usual tip I give when carousing through a lot of vendor options.

A lot of people go out to have a fantastic time at the picnic and though I intended to have a good time, I had another agenda as well. I only returned to Missouri June of last year and despite working with Pagan community elsewhere in the states Iíve really not done a lot of personal networking that pertains to things that I am interested in. I practice primarily as a solitary these days but have a deep passion for seeing community come together, sharing knowledge and exploring more ways that I can personally be inspired to serve. Specifically, I was interested in meeting other ministers and teachers. I realized at some point that I didnítí have any contacts for that aspect of my work.

My family and I sat beneath the trees in Bardic Circle and had some lunch a little early while listening to S.J. play her tunes and watching belly dancers hypnotize people who watched. After I finished up, I took another stroll down vendorsí row and came across Triple Moon Ministries. They are a full service ministry located in Robertsville of St. Louis Missouri. Though they said they were still working on becoming a well-established organization, my feeling was that they really already were (save for the paperwork, of course.) They were very friendly, down to earth and professional. I liked that. Plus, my little girl said they had the best color sheets. She would have taken the whole stack had I not convinced her to save some for other kids.

I made a point to head over and see Rev. Don Lewis of the Correlllian Nativist Church and Witchschool. Iíve watched his videos and weíve had discussions off and on over the years. We both share a common feeling in the importance of the televised and public access pertaining to the pagan community for the purposes of networking and education. During this season, he is traveling around to different events and this was my best chance to meet up.

I talked to H Byron Ballard, Ashevilleís Village Witch who wrote a book called Staubs and Ditchwater. I was very excited to see this book when it came out. If you have an interest or a background in Appalachian Granny work, or if youíre just interested in general folk magic, Iíd say you should pick it up and read it. Iím only a few chapters in now and it is great. Really, reading it is like coming home in some ways. Before the end of my day came around, we moved our fold-out chairs and cooler to better places in the shade and I discovered that we had relocated right beside several other ULC ministers from small town areas. Meeting these people was important for me. Walking their talk in an open way is a personal inspiration.

I didnít get to personally take advantage of the workshops this year but I heard some wonderful things from friends that did get the chance. I met Mama Gina back in 2013 in Lakeland Florida after the opening of the Raven and the Faery shop. She plays a wonderful tune and according to Melissa, an old friend of mine, her workshop out at the picnic ďIt was amazing.Ē I hope to attend workshops next year and I look forward to meeting more fantastic people.

My family and I finished the day listening to music, picking up a wind chime for the house and a gift for family, having delicious grilled teriyaki chicken and completing it all with face painting and couple of snow-cones. My little one had to get every flavor. With blue and black lizard looking tongues, we stayed cool in the shade. We packed up around 4:30 to make the drive back to Kennett. Driving in the dark isnít a cup of tea for me and my partner was exhausted enough for the day. We worked our way back to the car taking turns with the ice-filled cooler by swapping off at the benches. We talked about the day, admired the park and headed out of St. Louis.

If youíve never personally visited the Pagan Picnic in St. Louis, Iíd say give it a try. If youíre not much for buying things, you can take the chance to get your cards read. Iíll personally vouch for Little Fox Tarot Reader who can be reached at Littlefoxtarot.com. She was highly insightful and very professional. I love her straightforward personality. There were also some great dream interpreters there (which Iíve never seen out and about before) and I hear the massage therapy was very tantalizing. Bring some sunscreen, stay nice and hydrated, sit under a shade tree to cool off, but mostly dance with the belly dancers, sway to the rhythms of the wonderful drum circles that make your feet sing, find others that share your passion, walk your talk, be yourself and embrace the joy that comes from these wonderful community events.

-Shion Flame





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