Pagan Event Reviews
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Sacred Space Conference
Beltania Festival (Florence, Colorado)
Sacred Space 2014 Conference
Summerland Spirit Festival 2013
Year: 2013 ...
Sacred Space Conference
Sacred Space Conference 2013
Houston Pagan Conference 2013
Free Spirit Gathering 2013: Many Paths
2013 Midwest Witches "Steampunk" Ball
Year: 2012 ...
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
Year: 2007 ...
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
Canadian National Pagan Conference
Toronto 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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Annual Spiritual Awareness Celebration
Article ID: 10192
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Author: Zyalia The Crone [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: October 9th. 2005
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Sponsored by: Skylands Unitarian Fellowship, ADF and Inspirations
Location: The Gazebo in Hackettstown
Event Date(s): Saturday 01 October
Last year event organizers were granted a permit to use the Gazebo Park in the center of the business district in Hackettstown, New Jersey for a Spiritual Awareness Event which would include the local Pagan community. This park, formally dedicated to local veterans of the armed forces, is used all summer by various church groups for witnessing and praising. When, however, the granter discovered this group was not a “traditional” religious organization, the permit was rescinded.
It seems that the property the Gazebo is on is privately owned by the building next door, a doctor’s office. The fact that it is leased to the town for recreational use by local residents, however, makes it public use land. This was incredibly difficult information to come by since both the town clerk and mayor’s office kept passing the buck back and forth. In frustration the ACLU was called in on our behalf. After the ACLU corresponded with the town, the group was assured that they would have no trouble with this year’s event.
I am happy to report that today, Saturday October 1 the Second Annual Spiritual Awareness Celebration event was indeed held on schedule! This year we were collecting money and non-perishable food and toiletries for Gulf Coast Hurricane victims.
The day was perfect, with bright sun and blue skies and temperatures warming to the comfortable 70s. Participants of a number of minority religions, had fliers, brochures and books including information on Wicca, Druidry, Unitarian Universalism, Aboriginal and Neo-Shamanism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. At first the cartons began filling rapidly as people stopped by with donations of canned and packaged goods to donate. Then the banners arrived announcing the event. A few people sported I *heart* witches Tee Shirts from the near-by Wal-Mart, and coffee and munchkins were passed around.
That was the first hour.
Unfortunately I can't say the day was an unqualified success, but the police only came three times. The second and third time they had the good grace to be embarrassed at least.
Yes in New Jersey, a little college town 55 miles due west of NYC *someone* felt so threatened by a group of Pagans and *gasp* Unitarians (average age around 75) collecting for hurricane victims that they felt they had to call the cops. Twice (one cop just came cause he heard it on the scanner and wondered if we were the biker gang "The Pagans") .
While it was moderately amusing, all the police activity kept many donors away meaning we have less to send to the Red Cross and Humane Society.
I played the journalist card, hung my press pass around my neck, dragged out my super fancy Nikon and got the whole thing in digital colours! Not sure yet what I'm going to do with the story; op-ed or satire?
I didn't get the name of the person who made the complaint. She did speak to me on her son’s cell- phone, however, to tell me the press had no right to be there asking questions and taking photos. I can’t think why she was reluctant to give me her name, but she identified herself as the office manager for the doctors in the building next door, which was closed. She was calling in her complaint from her home in New York based on information that someone locally on site had given her.
On October 15 Hackettstown NJ will be holding its annual Autumn Fest street festival. We will be on-hand in front of the Inspirations shop across from the Gazebo for a Psychic fair from 11- 4. I hope that all within a reasonable distance can come out and join us, have a reading, and help as we continue collecting for the victims of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes. I will be on hand along with Isaac Bonewits, Neopagan author, ADF Arch-Druid Emeritus and well known curmudgeon. We will be doing readings and signing copies of our books.
Perhaps we can also send a message to the small minds in this small town. This is American, mate! We’re here and we are staying.
Zyalia The Crone
Location: Budd Lake, New Jersey
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