Piedmont PPD

Piedmont Pagan Pride Day

2017 Altar Call (No, not that kind)

Hi, I’m Sinaloa and I am the coördinator for the altar area.  It makes me so happy to see how much everybody enjoys the altars, talking about them, asking questions about them and taking pictures (yes, even selfies with the altars).  This area brings us together as a community, starts conversations, and is a learning experience and a way to show others how proud we are to be Pagan.   It takes many volunteers to showcase so many Sabbats, Gods,  Goddesses, paths, and inspirations.  I could not possibly come up with so many beautiful and touching ways to honor our different spiritualities and am eternally grateful for everybody who volunteers to showcase an altar or two (or more). 

Although it sounds difficult, all it really takes on an individual level is a small table (TV tray size), items you already have and use in your spiritual lives, and then letting me know what you choose to do.  It is really that simple. 

If you do not have a table I can help with that.   If you are not sure what you want to share, please see the list on the Altar tab right here on the Piedmont Pagan Pride Day site for a list of what others are doing this year and take a look at the pictures on our Facebook page to see the previous year’s altars for inspiration.  

If a Sabbat is blank it is most likely open and you can fill that spot.  If we already have somebody down for a specific God or Goddess, path or pantheon do not be discouraged, we can have multiple altars to show that everybody honors their path in different ways.  I look forward to seeing what everybody has planned for this year and don’t forget to let me know.

 

 


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Community Spotlight: Tree of Life Children’s Circle

Kids and Paganism

My name is Christopher Annon, and I have been an active pagan in our community for about 10 years now. I am the head teacher at The Tree of Life Children’s Learning Circle and have been teaching pagan kids about our religion for about 4 years. I also have an internet radio show on International Pagan Radio (IPR) called “Storytime with Rook” where I tell stories from our legends and lore and make it more relatable on a kid’s level.

Why do I think our children should learn our religion at an early age? Well, there are a few reasons. I have been to many circles where children were frowned upon for even being at the ritual, or when the kids could come, they were so bored that they either got into trouble for being kids or distracted people in the circle. The reason for their misbehavior is mostly that they don’t know what to do or what is going on. So I thought to myself, “If they know what to do in circle and can actively participate, they won’t be as bored.”

I’ve been working with my son, Ryan (Magpie) since he was old enough to ask questions. I would explain to him why we call in the quarters, how exactly to do that, how to use magical tools, and how to show honor to our deities and ancestors. Now he’s 11 and can hold his own in ritual. Sure, he messes up sometimes, but we all do. Because of his interest in paganism, Ryan is now also talking to the station managers of IPR about doing a kid’s show to talk about kid problems from a pagan kid’s point of view.

His interest is one of the reasons why I started the Tree of Life Children’s Learning Circle: to teach as many pagan kids as I can our ways and help them grow into our great pagan leaders of the future.

Before I go into my main reason for teaching our kids our ways and paths, I want to say that I do totally respect anyone that wants their children to make their own decisions in life. I do that with my kids, and they can follow my path or find or make their own. That is their choice, but I found my other reason to teach our children when I noticed that other religions actively recruit our children daily, and they have activities to make their religion look more fun than ours. Through Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, and snacks and juice, they use these things just to lure the kids in. Once they’ve got kids interested, the teaching is stories and games and heroes and monsters and miracles, which all sounds really cool. We as pagans have all of this, too. The Tree of Life Children’s Circle, festivals like PPPD, cakes and ale (kid friendly, of course), and stories about heroes and monsters and MAGIC are all super cool, but we don’t tap into these enough. We would rather make our kids stay in the house while we do ritual and not bring them at all, and all they see is a stagnant religion that they don’t get to participate in.

I promise you, this is not a membership recruiting effort for Tree of Life Children’s Circle. It would be better for you to teach your children your ways, your path, then as they get older if they want to explore, encourage them to do so. They know where home is. But if we don’t teach them our ways, someone else will teach them a different path, a less open path, a less free thinking path, before they’re old enough to make their own decisions.

Our children are our future. Help them to carry on our traditions or our traditions will just be myth and legend and lore.

So mote it be!

Community Spotlight: Captive Links

Chainmail Then and Now

The phrase “chain mail” conjures many different images in people’s minds, from noble knights in Medieval times to divers facing sharks in the tropics. The uses for this seemingly simple mesh of metal rings are almost endless. The past and the present are slowly changing how views and uses of this ingenious mesh will be used in the future.

To know how chain mail will affect our community we must first define some terms that any quick Google search will produce. How do you spell chainmail? Chain mail? Chainmaille? Chainmail is the traditionally correct way to spell the ancient art of linking metal rings together to form a protective barrier from your enemies. In this day and age, however, “chainmaille” is becoming more popular. The French influenced spelling helps internet users find this exquisite jewelry art form more readily. And really it just looks so much cooler! As for chainmail? Well, that type of letter should just end up in your spam folder!

A blue and black chainmaille earring.

A blue and black chainmaille earring.

In ancient times, (we are talking Neolithic here), conflicts between two groups were settled mainly at close range man to man. Fertile river valleys and the rise of agriculture lead to a population explosion, which in turn, lead to conflicts and the eventual need for armor. Slowly advancements of metal working in the Age of Iron allowed for a” carburized, or steel like iron,” that enabled cultures like the Assyrians to refine scale like armor into mail shirts. Interlocking rings that make up chainmail quickly found their way in many forms from Japan to Europe. There were two possible methods of producing the rings for the mail. Closed rings were made by punching them from a sheet of metal with a double punch, or by simply punching a hole in a piece of metal and trimming the outside edge. Open rings were usually made from iron wire. There has been (and still is) much controversy as to whether the ancient armorer knew the art of wire-drawing. What historians do know is that as early as the time of Charlemagne chainmail was in demand. Charlemagne built his armies under strict guidelines. In 805 he demanded that any mounted soldier who owned 300 acres of land or more bring a full tunic of chainmail. This

Interlocking rings that make up chainmail quickly found their way in many forms from Japan to Europe. There were two possible methods of producing the rings for the mail. Closed rings were made by punching them from a sheet of metal with a double punch, or by simply punching a hole in a piece of metal and trimming the outside edge. Open rings were usually made from iron wire. There has been (and still is) much controversy as to whether the ancient armorer knew the art of wire-drawing. What historians do know is that as early as the time of Charlemagne chainmail was in demand. Charlemagne built his armies under strict guidelines. In 805 he demanded that any mounted soldier who owned 300 acres of land or more bring a full tunic of chainmail. This mail tunic often covered a soldier’s knees and was split at the side for easier movement. Mil was even mentioned in Anglo-Saxon laws by the 7th century. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the mail tunic would slowly see its replacement by plate mail by the 14th century in response to the rise of the cross bow. The defense that mail gave to the medieval knight was largely based on large slashes from a sword. Mail armor could not stand up to piercing weapons like those inflicted by an arrow. Today medieval knights only run around in historical reenactments, but chainmail is far from dead. Butchers and wood workers often wear steel mesh to protect their hands and arms from accidental knife wounds. “Filmmaker Valerie Taylor was among the first to develop and test shark suits in 1979 while diving with sharks.” Artist now

Silver and Blue Flower Chainmaille Bracelet

Silver and Blue Flower Chainmaille Bracelet

Today medieval knights only run around in historical reenactments, but chainmail is far from dead. Butchers and wood workers often wear steel mesh to protect their hands and arms from accidental knife wounds. “Filmmaker Valerie Taylor was among the first to develop and test shark suits in 1979 while diving with sharks.” Artists now use lightweight aluminum rings dyed in bright colors, or even rubber rings to create beautiful jewelry. Technology that once was developed to protect a warrior from death in war can now celebrate life in vivid colors. In whatever patterns, you put your rings into, whether it is in an armor 4 in 1 pattern or an elegant byzantine, remember chainmail has had a long history and will evolve into new forms to suit human kind.


Amy Reed found her passion for chainmaille jewelry recently after a day of cleaning out her ever-overflowing craft room. There, in a small box nested inside a larger one, situated under a table, was a small packet of aluminum rings. She was reborn in the glow of her computer while researching chainmaille jewelry. Small rings joined in new exciting ways formed almost magical bonds, and she was hooked. This form of creation was relaxing and kept her interest, and she found herself telling anyone that would listen about this medium. That was when Captive Link Creations was born!

Captive Link Creations is on Facebook and Etsy and is owned by Amy Reed. She and her wonderful creations will be at Piedmont Pagan Pride Day 2017 in our vendor area.

For sources for Amy’s description of the history of chainmail, please see below.


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Community Spotlight: North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca

The NC Piedmont Church of Wicca was formed in November of 1999. It based much of its structure and process on an already existing organization, the (now defunct) South Carolina Church of Wicca. At its first business meeting, NCPCOW adopted a modified version of the constitution and bylaws used by the SC church. We also appointed people to serve as interim officers until membership grew enough to have actual elections. We started with just five members, barely enough to fill the church council.

2003 Solstice – Courtesy NCPCOW Website

In December, our members traveled to South Carolina and celebrated Yule as our first Sabbat together with the church there. We spent January preparing a ritual circle at a member’s home as a site for an Imbolc rite; our first group Sabbat performed completely on our own. An unexpected snowstorm prevented us from celebrating outdoors and we ended up having our service in the member’s living room instead. The circle we’d prepared would see a lot of use in the coming years, though. It was at this Imbolc gathering that we passed the hat among attendees to cover the fee for filing our incorporation paperwork with the NC secretary of state. The interim chancellor prepared the forms and sent them in about a week later. Once the paperwork was processed, we became the first legally incorporated Wiccan church in North Carolina.

The church began developing liturgy with the goal of making Wicca a more accessible faith without giving up its unique spiritual identity. We focused on the experiential and spiritual aspects of group-based witchcraft. We began designing rituals that were keyed toward participation and interaction. We tried to strike a balance between including more traditional elements while still allowing for eclectic expression. As we continued to refine our approach, we concentrated on being a Neopagan community resource as well as a group of Eclectic Wiccan practitioners.

Beltane Brouhaha 2008 – Courtesy NCPCOW Website

By April, our membership had started to flesh out a bit and we were interested in building a relationship with other groups in the area. In what was to become an annual tradition, the church decided to host a weekend Beltane festival. The first “Beltane Brouhaha” was held in Old Fort NC and was attended by about 30 people. The next year we moved the event to Kings Mountain State Park, where it has been held every year since. After 18 years, The Brouhaha has come to be a widely known and well-attended festival for the Pagan community as well as serving as the church’s primary fundraiser.

November of 2000 brought our first officer elections, and the following months saw us ordain our first clergy. We also filled out many important committee chairmanships, designed our seal, and drafted important guidelines and policies concerning how the church would be run.

The next year we participated in our first Pagan Pride event by having a booth at the Central NC PPD in Raleigh. In just a few years, we would become even more involved in the Pagan Pride Project. Leaders from the church were among the first local coordinators for the Charlotte community’s own Pagan Pride Day, and the church remained engaged, leading the main Mabon ritual at many of Charlotte’s early PPD events as well as being a Gold Level sponsor over several years.

In 2002 we saw our first shift in authority as the offices of Chancellor and High Priest was vacated and refilled. The ease and efficiency with which that change was handled would become the template for future changes in the church hierarchy. We’ve maintained the tradition of smooth and frequent transitions of leadership ever since.

In subsequent years, we expanded our involvement in the local mainstream community by hosting a monthly meal at a local shelter and adopting a highway in Shelby NC. We began presenting seminars on the Wiccan faith and holding book club meetings in an area bookstore.  We led Charlotte’s first large-scale public Pagan ritual, a celebration of the 2003 Summer Solstice.

2003 Summer Solstice – Courtesy of Tony Brown

Over the next decade and a half, the church continued to flourish and to grow as a community resource. We joined in a variety of cooperative projects and events, both with other Neopagans and with the wider community. We produced and distributed educational material about Wicca and answered questions at public events. We participated in interfaith forums and conferences. We gave interviews to journalists and students. We marched in Charlotte’s LGBTQ Pride parade. We delivered the first Wiccan opening prayer before the governmental board meeting in Cleveland County.

We celebrated hundreds of Sabbats and Esbats. We performed Wiccanings, and initiatory rites, and funerary rituals.  Our clergy officiated dozens of legal handfastings. Before same-sex marriage was even legal, we offered rites affirming love and commitment in those relationships.

In 2012, we crossed another major historical milestone. After years of raising funds and saving money, the church was able to purchase a 3 ½ acre rustic wooded property, becoming the first NC Pagan organization to own land in its own name.

NCPCOW is proud of its history and its legacy of service. We are also pleased to still be involved in the Pagan Pride Project. Please come by our booth at Piedmont Pagan Pride Day and say hello.


Tony Brown is a High Priest Emeritus of the North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca. He is proud to have been a founding member of NCPCOW. He has been an Eclectic Wiccan for about twenty years and has served as clergy for the last dozen or so of those.

Tony is a devotee of Dionysos, the Greek God of rebirth, transformation, tragedy, comedy, unresolved paradox and wine.

Photo of Tony Brown – Taken from NCPCOW Website

Volunteer Highlight: Kristy Powell

Hi there! I’m Kristy, your friendly neighborhood Pagan Pride volunteer.

I don’t know where to start – there’s so much to say! I volunteered at the info booth to help a friend. At the time, I didn’t consider myself a Pagan. Honestly, I didn’t really know much about Paganism. As the day drew closer I became more and more nervous. I thought for sure I’d say something dumb and it would be blatantly obvious I wasn’t part of the tribe. I just knew there would be eye-rolls and snarky comments headed my way.

Photo Courtesy of Kristy Powell

I could talk about the many stupid things I did say, and how I stood there with a blank/somewhat panicked look on my face the first time someone told me “Blessed Be.”

And you know what? Not only did I not get any snark, I ended up having a great time! I met really cool people who didn’t mind that everything out of my mouth was a question. I met talented artists selling everything imaginable, and you could tell from the way they talked they put their heart and soul into their work. I sat in the grass on a perfect fall day and watched Tuatha Dea perform, and I was completely lost in the moment.

I could talk about what I’ve learned. I’ve had an interest in Paganism for a long time, but come from a Southern Baptist family in the land of Jerry Falwell (need I say more?). I’ve learned about so many different paths and pantheons. Completely different mindsets. I’ve been invited to rituals and classes and festivals. I’ve received book recommendations, links to internet resources, and had great thought provoking conversations.

Photo Courtesy of Sinaloa Mar

I’ve met a lot of people who are hesitant to get involved because they don’t know where they fit in, or aren’t sure what they believe. That’s something else I’ve learned. You don’t need to be a High Priest/Priestess, or have been studying the craft for decades. Just be willing to ask and listen.

I could also talk about the day itself. It’s long and hectic. The weather has varied from temperatures slightly below the surface of the sun, to a constant deluge that had mud in places I’d rather not discuss. Even with the chaos and the weather and the having to wake up at a ridiculous hour, every single year I come away feeling like I witnessed something magical happen.

Last year Wendy Rule sang during ritual, and we all held hands and joined our voices with hers. At sunset, we continued our chant from the shelter to the edge of the river, where we released a beautiful owl that had been rehabilitated from the Carolina Raptor Center.

 

Listening to the words “Earth my body, Water my blood, Air my breath and Fire my spirit” chanted softly all around me as the owl lifted off into flight… magical.

Photo Courtesy of Sinaloa Mar

Piedmont Pagan Pride Day is a fun festival no matter who you are. We have great entertainment, kid’s activities, workshops and guest speakers. And shopping (!). These people have more talent in an eyelash than I do in my whole body! Amazing one of a kind jewelry, wood burnings, etched glass, handmade wands and incense, soaps, herbs, candles and divinations tools… I can’t list it all, it’s really incredible.

I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that this festival – this community – is what you make of it. It’s a great time to shop with your friends, hang outside for the day, and just have a great time.

But if you let it, Piedmont Pagan Pride can be so much more. I hope you’ll come and see what it’s about.


Kristy Powell is a featured volunteer with a passion for helping. She has volunteered with Piedmont PPD since 2014, and never looked back. She is involved a volunteer in both planning as well as on the day of the event. She is involved in virtually all aspects of PPD and we thank her for her support and service to the pagan community. 

For information on how to become involved, please check out our Facebook page!

Volunteer Highlight: Stonie Messer

I started my volunteering way back when my mom retired and I quit working at the same time. She invited me on a day trip with the Sharing and Caring Senior group to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. I went with them and had a great time with these ladies. They asked me to join their group, even though I wasn’t a senior, and they made me a part of the group anyway. These ladies taught me a lot about life. We met on the last Thursday of every month at the Adult Recreation Center of Gastonia. I ended up becoming President and Treasurer, then I started volunteering up at the adult center. They had the annual Webb Street school dance, which was held in May. I volunteered by helping with tickets or serving food. They also had yard sales which I would volunteer for as well. If they needed anything I would be there, working with the community. It would always put a smile on my face and in my heart to serve the community. Then one by one the ladies passed away. Before my mom passed, there were only a few left. When she passed, The Sharing and Caring Club died with her.

My health began going downhill and so began hard times with us. It was then, in 2014, that Heather Darnell asked if I would officiate for ritual at Piedmont Pagan Pride Day. I started attending the volunteer meetings, then I started running the information booth at PPD. Getting to know the Pagan community was great, and volunteering for this project gave me such a great feeling again and it made, and still makes, my heart smile. My health is turning around now, and I can volunteer more and more. If you think that Pagan Pride Day is great, join us and be on the inside. You will meet great people and some you may get very close to, like family. Going to the volunteer meetings helps me to be a part of the community all year long. It gives me such great satisfaction to be a part of such a great thing and to be able to watch it grow. So if you love the day, volunteer and watch it come together. We come together each month as we make this a great time to visit with everyone and support the community. It will make your heart smile being a part of the Pagan community and will remind you of why we stand strong because we stand together.

Stonie Messer

Queen of the Information Booth

Stonie Messer is an integral part of our volunteer community, and we are thankful to have her. She and her husband, Wayne Messer, have been involved in PPD since 2014, both in ritual and in planning. If you, or someone you know, would like to be a part of the PPD planning committee, or simply would like to volunteer at the event, please send us an email at pppdsocialmedia@gmail.com or a message on Facebook.

NCPCOW and the Big Beltane Brouhaha

 

North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca - "An It Harm None Do As Ye Will"

North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca – “An It Harm None Do As Ye Will”

The Neopagan “Wheel of the Year” is a modern creation. No historical culture included all eight of our Sabbats in their festival calendar, though each is built around a likely historical Pagan holiday. Principally, our holidays are drawn from either Celtic or Germanic sources. The four “cross-quarter” days are Celtic and usually come with somewhat more historical attestation than the other four. Though Samhain was arguably the most important festival to the Celts, Beltane (also written Beltian, Beltine, Beal-tine, or Bel-tien) was perhaps even more widespread in observance.

Beltane bonfireNeopagan Beltane celebrations are somewhat different from how the occasion would have been honored by its Celtic originators, though. In modern Paganism, Beltane’s most recognizable festive element is probably the dance around the maypole, but to the Celts, it would have been the ceremonial extinguishing and 
relighting of the fires of the tribe. This was kind of like hitting a metaphysical reset switch in order to ensure that the incoming summer season had a potent start. Cattle were often driven between a pair of the newly kindled bonfires as a rite of purification and to encourage fertility. The maypole itself is actually believed to be of Germanic origin.

In fact, our Beltane customs are really a mix of influences from multiple cultures and time periods. Like the Wheel of the Year itself, Neopaganism’s Beltane is a modern construct. But it’s not just a random assortment of bits and pieces. There is a unifying core theme, or characteristic, to Beltane, and that theme is fertility. Nearly everything that we associate with the holiday is linked to fertility in some way.

For Wiccans (and Wicca-derived Neopagan traditions) Beltane is seen as the marriage of the God and Goddess, often personified as the King and Queen of the May. English Mayday customs, like the traditional enactment of “The Marriage of Robin and Marian,” are a likely source for this association. The symbol of the Hieros Gamos (“sacred marriage”) is an old and powerful one, with examples appearing in both early Sumer and Ancient Greece. The union of Masculine and Feminine Divine principles is a central component of the religion of Wicca, where it is symbolized in the performance of the Great Rite. The Great Rite can be Maypole with wreath hangingseen as an expression of Wicca’s core Mystery, and Beltane’s Sacred Marriage can be seen as that Mystery cast into a grand mythopoetic context.

Of course, Beltane’s ubiquitous maypole carries obvious phallic symbolism, and the associated dance (in which tightening ribbons allow a floral wreath to gradually lower itself down the length of the pole) provides an unmistakable visual suggestion. This is an overt, though abstracted, enactment of sexual coupling. Because of its abstract nature, though, it lends itself to a more expansive symbolic meaning. The pole is not just a phallic representation; it can also be seen as the axis mundi, the center of all creation. The wreath passing along its length can be said to represent the creative principle achieving physical manifestation. In a Mythic sense, a maypole dance is not only recreational but “re-creational”, a symbolic re-making of the world itself. Just like those early Celts, snuffing and re-lighting their fires, modern Pagans still use Beltane as a time to hit a metaphysical reset switch to jump-start our creative juices (and promote fertility).

 


Beltane Brouhaha - 2017 Registration Now Open

Beltane Brouhaha – 2017 Registration Now Open

If you feel the need to reboot, please come join NCPCOW at our Beltane Brouhaha festival! We’ll have a bonfire, a maypole, a dramatized wedding of Lord and Lady, and so much more!

Visit our Website at http://www.churchofwicca.org/beltane


Tony Brown is a High Priest Emeritus of the North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca. He is proud to have been a founding member of NCPCOW. He has been an Eclectic Wiccan for about twenty years and has served as clergy for the last dozen or so of those.

Tony is a devotee of Dionysos, the Greek God of rebirth, transformation, tragedy, comedy, unresolved paradox and wine.


While you’re at the big Beltane Brouhaha, feel free to stop by the Piedmont Pagan Pride Day booth and purchase one of our new T-Shirts, find ways to get involved, or talk to volunteers. We will also have more information regarding our fundraisers, such as the upcoming Desserts and Divinations on June 3rd at Aries Moon and GenBenCon, our gender-bending contest coming up on July 1st!

Desserts and Divination at Aries Moon!

Desserts and Divinations - June 3rd - 3:30-9:30 - Aries Moon Mystical Gifts

Desserts and Divinations – June 3rd – 3:30-9:30 – Aries Moon Mystical Gifts

Piedmont Pagan Pride Day will be hosting a fundraising event at Aries Moon Mystical Gifts in Lenoir, NC (map below) called Desserts and Divinations on June 3rd from 3:30 PM to 9:30 PM! We’ll be offering pastries and other scrumptious desserts, as well as tarot readings (and possibly some other types of readings) from several of our community’s gifted readers. Our pastries will be individually priced, while the readings will be $20 for 15-minute readings! All proceeds will benefit Piedmont Pagan Pride Day! We look forward to seeing you at the event and sharing our talents with you, both in the kitchen and in the cards!

RSVP on Facebook at the below Event link or just stop by!

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**NEW** Kid’s Community Spotlight!

Hi, everyone!

Piedmont Pagan Pride is looking for talented kids and adults alike to submit their drawings, poetry, arts, and crafts to be featured in the PPPD Blog! Those artistic works that are chosen to be featured will be highlighted on the blog, on Facebook, and at the event. All you have to do is send in a picture of your or your child’s submission, along with the below information to pppdsocialmedia@gmail.com, and we’ll contact the winners to let them know when to look for their feature!

Artist Name (Daily Used Name):
Preferred Shared Name:
Age (If Under 18, please provide parent’s contact info below as well):
Type of work:

Children blowing bubbles with large string bubble wands

Have a wonderful week!

Cameryn Rhosyn
pppdsocialmedia@gmail.com
PPPD Social Media Team

Misfit Sanctuary Community Spotlight

Red background logo for Misfits Sanctuary, with black pentacle in foreground and a figure with arms spread wide at the bottom.

Misfit Sanctuary is a Group of Eclectic, Spirit-led Misfit Witches
Who Honor and Hold Sacred Many Traditions,
While Honoring Our Own Individual Paths.
We Welcome All Those of Spirit.
While We are Based in Gaston County,
Our Ministry Reaches Well Beyond its Borders.
Misfit Sanctuary is a Family… A Loud Bunch of Crazy People 
Dedicated to Honoring the Great Gods & Goddesses of Old,
While Keeping the Old Ways alive!

Misfit Sanctuary is a Safe Haven
Where Love & Laughter are never in short supply.
We Worship Together, We Laugh Together,
We Grow Together, We Celebrate One Another
& Most Importantly….. We Support Each Other,
While Helping Others Along the Way.

Misfits are Dedicated to helping those less fortunate,
For the past four years, we’ve sponsored 
Misfit’s Witches Ball & Bazaar.
A portion of those proceeds help to support our ongoing
Outreach Projects ~Homeless Cold Weather Packages
as well as, Misfit’s Coat & Blanket Drive~
2016’s Misfit’s Witches Ball & Bazaar was such a great success,
we were able to add a new Outreach Project,
Misfit’s Sleeping Bag Sponsorship!!!

Misfit’s Witches Ball & Bazaar 2017,
will be held on Saturday, October 22st
@ Karyae Park, 4227 Linwood Rd. Gastonia, NC
The Bazaar portion of the day begins @ 11 am,
and features a wide array of Artisans & Merchants,
Delicious Food and Free Games & Activities
for the Little Ones, including a Costume Contest
& Trick or Treating!!

Misfit’s Witches Ball begins at 8 pm & Rockin’ right on until 2 am.
Get your Mystical Mayhem on @ the Party of the Season!!!
Classic Rock & Metal Band Pinnacle will transport ya back
In time to when the music good!!
While Love You a Brunch keeps ya well Libated,
while you party the night way with your favorite Witches!!
Check out our website for all of the Gory details!!!

 

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