Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...



Pagan Event Reviews

[Show all]


Views: 2,373,259


Year: 2014 ...

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

Harvest Gathering

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)

Starwood 2011

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

Starwood 2007

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

Paganstock 2005

Harvest Home 2005: Magick, Imagination, and Love

Spirit's Haven in the Woods

Pagan Bazaar

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


NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.












Article Specs

Article ID: 15219

VoxAcct: 263062

Section: festivals

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 543

Times Read: 1,559

RSS Views: 50,728
Salem, Oregon Celebrates Its First Pagan Pride Day (2012)

Author: Incense Dragon [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: October 21st. 2012
Times Viewed: 1,559
Sponsored by: Heart of Willamette Pagans
Location: Pringle Park, Salem, Oregon, USA
Event Date(s): October 6, 2012
Attendance: 230

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!





Footnotes:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Heart-of-Willamette-Pagans/214502731950901

http://salempaganpride.org/home/


Copyright: n/a



ABOUT...

Incense Dragon


Location: Corvallis, Oregon

Website: http://www, incensebooks.com

Author's Profile: To learn more about Incense Dragon - Click HERE




Other Articles: Incense Dragon has posted 5 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE




Email Incense Dragon... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Incense Dragon ...



Pagan Essays
1996-2014





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2014 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World




Search Articles
1996-2014










 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide


NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).