Pagan Event Reviews
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Sacred Space Conference
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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
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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
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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
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Sacred Space Conference
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Free Spirit Gathering
43rd Annual Gathering of the Tribes
Summerfest 2010 (Festival Review)
Midwest Witches' Ball 2010
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The Sacred Space Conference and Winterfest Banquet
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
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The Land Institute Prairie Festival 2008
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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
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Southeast Women's Herbal Conference
Canadian National Pagan Conference
Toronto Pagan Conference
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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
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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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Salem, Oregon Celebrates Its First Pagan Pride Day (2012)
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Posted: October 21st. 2012
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Sponsored by: Heart of Willamette Pagans
Location: Pringle Park, Salem, Oregon, USA
Event Date(s): October 6, 2012
October 6, 2012 started as a beautiful autumn morning as the Pagans began to quietly gather in Pringle Park near downtown Salem, Oregon. By 10:00 AM, the park was filled with vendors, ritualists, drummers, Pagans of all descriptions, and curious non-Pagans from around Western Oregon. The weather remained clear and, frankly, perfect throughout the entire day as some friends met for the first time and others renewed old friendships.
I have attended a number of Pagan Pride Days (PPD) in a variety of states. I have even helped to organize PPDs and a wide variety of other events (Pagan and otherwise) . I have to tip my hat to the community in Salem for an impressive first PPD. It was surprising to me that it took until 2012 for Salem to host a PPD, but it is not a city where public rituals are common. Some said nobody would come because Salem Pagans “don’t do public”. Well, they were wrong!
Throughout the day, a steady stream of Pagans and the Pagan-curious visited with vendors, got massages, watched or participated in rituals, and came inside for workshops. There were few slow periods. There was always something to do. If this were Salem’s 5th annual PPD, I would have still been impressed with the level of organization and sheer size of the event. For a first-ever event, I was blown away.
Although I was not on the committee who executed such wonderful organizational plans, I do know them and helped, in my own tiny way, raise money for the event. Oh, I wish I could take credit for organizing this event. The number of vendors was impressive and rivaled many better-established PPDs I have attended. The Pringle Building was filled with vendors (a dozen or so inside the building) and workshop space for 2 tracks of programming. That simply wasn’t enough space for all of the vendors who wanted to attend. The rambling grounds around the building hosted twice as many vendors as inside. There were also a variety of informational booths scattered throughout the grounds.
There was still space for drummers, puppet shows, dramatic readings, and rituals. I was honored to be invited to call the Eastern quarter for main ritual and the number of people who participated once again impressed me. It was a quite large circle in the heart of Salem! The ritual was beautifully written and drew together the energies of diverse and hidden Pagan communities into a single voice offering words of hope, peace, and unity. Yet the ritual was also very accessible to those who had never seen Pagan’s in practice before.
After 8 hours of fun and friendship, the break down process began. It was wonderful to see how many people remained for the closing ritual, but it was even nicer to see strangers wandering through the crowd to offer help to vendors and presenters to tear down their tents and pack up their vehicles for the trip home.
Pros: There isn’t much more I can add to the praise I have already heaped on this event. It was wonderfully organized. The coordinators responded well to the inevitable snags that arise during any event. Vendors were smoothly relocated when requested, extra equipment was available for presenters who may have forgotten something, a snack bar was manned (and womanned!) throughout the entire event, workshops were announced throughout the significant park area, information booths abounded, and it seemed there was always a helpful staffer within reach. The underlying organization was the real star on this day. A group of dedicated people with solid, energetic leadership ensured that this was an amazing day for the rest of us. The venue was excellent – centrally located, large enough to handle the crowd but still intimate enough to keep everyone connected, and it was a location with great energy, surrounded by moving water. The weather was absolutely perfect all day – the deities were truly smiling on this event.
Cons: While I always say that no event is perfect, this one was mighty close. I really have to disregard the fact that this was a first year event to find cons. There were a few delays in the start times of some scheduled events. The snack bar had no hot food. Aren’t those pretty pathetic cons? Perhaps the only real issue I saw during the entire day would be some miscommunications with some of the vendors about locations of booths and the scramble to get power and water to where it was needed. In a more mature event, I would expect clearer communication with the vendors and also for most of the vendors to be more familiar with the venue.
If this were an established Pagan Pride Day, I would give this event a rather high rating (from me) of 4 out of 5 stars. When I consider that this was a newly formed group of organizers doing a first event in a city known for the reclusiveness of the Pagan community, I have to give this event 4.9 out of 5 stars. It’s virtually impossible, from the outside looking in, to imagine much that could have gone better at a first-year event.
Congratulations, Salem! Your community stepped up and came together impressively to make a nearly perfect day. I am so glad that I was able to attend and participate. I am eager to hear the plans for next year but I can wait. The organizers have definitely earned some rest!
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