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Rochester Pagan Pride Day

Author: Patricia Telesco
Posted: October 1st. 2006
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Sponsored by: Rochester PPD
Location: Rochester NY
Event Date(s): 9/23
Attendance: 200

It’s been four years since I was last at PPD in Rochester, NY and this festival just keeps getting bigger and better. As I arrived on site I was thrilled to find excellent signage going into the park. There was absolutely no problem finding the site. The rain had been trying to generate a bit of havoc, but unsuccessfully. Pavilions were up, a wonderful sound system was in place, and volunteers were at the ready at the information booth and welcome table. Everyone was smiling, upbeat and completely undeterred by the periodic drizzle, and in fact many young ones and dogs alike were using this as an opportunity to go puddle jumping.

The local coordinator, Linda Hanley and her superior crew went above and beyond the call of duty to make everyone feel welcome. Having two onsite food vendors was a huge boon for presenters, merchants, and attendees alike. Additionally, the prominent table filled with donations of food for AIDS, Rochester (www.aidsrochester.org) was overflowing with generosity. It always makes one smile to see the heart of Paganism give in this manner. The donations from many sponsors helped to make the day truly one of “community.”

There were a bevy of presenters this year including Gavin and Yvonne Frost whose accomplishments in the Wiccan community have spanned decades. They’ve been contacted by thousands of seekers throughout their time of service, have authored more than 25 books on the subject, and generally made their lives a quest to teach and heal. This year Gavin and Yvonne spoke about Heretical Witchcraft (an overview on Wiccan philosophy) and Power Raising and Circle Dancing, both of which were received warmly.

We also find Gail Wood sharing the Gifts of Pandora, a workshop that explores the roots of the Pandora myth and mysteries. Gail has several books out on Wicca, and she’s a diligent teacher in shamanic journeying, Reiki, tarot and ritual. If you’d like to learn more email her at witchwood@mindspring.com or swing over to her blog at www.rowdygoddess.blogspot.com.

Other interesting presentations included Creating and Sustaining Community, Responsibility in Ritual, Rhinoceros Zen Paganism, a crystal singing bowl meditation (the sound of bowls rolled over the entire site – it was awesome!) , music to enhance ritual and celebration, and Shamanism. Entertainers included Callila Underhill (Celtic Acoustic music) , Desert Rhythms and HipChics (belly dance troupes) , Juggler John coordinating a drum circle, and a lovely variety of Children’s activities accompanied all of this activity.

I would like to take a moment to thank this group deeply. Repeatedly when I talk to others about you, I hear about your kindness, hospitality, and attitude of gratitude. It is rare to consistently get that type of feedback about any group or community, and you deserve a huge “kudos” for being excellent representatives of our Path. Pagan Pride day is but one more illustration of how the people of this region are building toward our future, today.




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