My name is Cameryn Rhosyn, and I’m heading up the Piedmont Pagan Pride Day 2017 Social Media Team (wow, that’s a mouthful). This year, the team and I are beginning a new initiative called Community Spotlights. This initiative will be primarily hosted on our PPPD Blog and reposted to our Facebook Page, and it will include posts that highlight and show appreciation for community groups, creators, vendors, volunteers, and others who make Piedmont Pagan Pride Day the magical event that it is.
Throughout 2017, we will be uploading guest-authored posts, created by leaders in our community and our volunteers, that discuss events, places, businesses, groups, and other pagan-friendly features of our surrounding area. Each author will be highlighted, not just on our website and on our main Facebook Page, but also at the event itself.
Each author’s post will be kept in its original form as best we can to preserve the artistic integrity of each author with changes only occurring in cases of spelling errors and minor technical changes to make the posts more accessible for our visually impaired readers. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy the posts that are soon to come from our contributors, such as Misfit Sanctuary and International Pagan Radio.
Coming up, we’ve planned to have one group and one vendor per month, with additional content between, including a community book list, reviews of non-pagan (but still eclectic) stores, events, poems, and more! There is so much going on in our community, and we’re so excited to see everyone getting so involved and finding new places to go and things to see. If you or someone you know would like to write for our Community Spotlights, please let us know via email at email@example.com.
Our volunteers are hard at work making this the best Piedmont Pagan Pride Day ever, and we’re always looking for more help. If you’re interested in volunteering in any capacity, please send us an email at the address below, and we will be more than happy to help you get involved.
Thank you and Blessed Be,
Cameryn Rhosyn (They/Them/Theirs)
This year, we are starting a new community-building initiative called Piedmont Pagan Pride Day Community Features! We will be posting “Community Features” on the Piedmont Pagan Pride Blog (here) that will serve as a highlight of various groups, vendors, readers, entertainers, and other contributors to the piedmont pagan community and will earn your booth a designation at the Piedmont Pagan Pride Day event. Please consider this a chance to show off your group to the Piedmont Pagan community prior to the event on September 23, 2017. If you’re interested in taking part in our new initiative by creating a blog post, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful year!
Cameryn Rhosyn (They/Them/Theirs)
Piedmont PPD Social Media Team
|11:00am||The Many Faces of the Morrígan: Worship of the Great Queens, Past and Present
The Morrígan is one of the most complex beings in all of Irish, or more broadly, Celtic paganism—and describing Herself is no simple task. At once a singular Goddess, a triad of three sister Goddesses (though just who belongs in that grouping changes now and again), and a whole host of spirits akin to the Norse Valkyries or Classical Furies, the shapeshifting Great Queen presides over both war and peace, the initiation of soldiers and the setting up—and tearing down—of rulers. Indeed, even Her modern worship has seen a dramatic changing in shape—from Herself being viewed with barely concealed horror and Her (few) followers looked at with suspicion, to an almost-overnight explosion into a popularity in devotion, dedication, and worship unprecedented at any point since pre-Christian Ireland. In this workshop, we will look at each of the Morrígans in turn, exploring Their ancient lore, connections, functions, and worship, and examine what some of Their modern following looks like in practice, as well some speculation as to some of the reasons for the sudden upswell in the Morrígan’s cultural relevance.
Based in Gastonia, North Carolina, Scott Holbrook is the ADF Deputy Regional Druid of North Carolina and the Grove Organizer for Raven’s Hollow Protogrove, a local congregation of ADF: A Druid Fellowship. Scott is a medievalist with a passion for ancient literature, comparative mythology, and folkloristics, and his personal religious practices reflect his interests in Southern conjure, folk magic, and the spirits of the natural world, as well as rune magic, devotional polytheism, and a dedication to the Morrígan. Along with his wife, Amber, Scott is a co-owner and artist of Cait Sidhe Designs, a shop that caters primarily to the Pagan community and specializes in homemade original artwork, devotional jewelry, and spiritual supplies.
|11:00am||Dionysus, God of the Witches
We’ll discuss the various ways in which the Greek God Dionysos conforms to the traditional archetype of the Wiccan Horned God. We will also explore methods of incorporating Dionysian symbology and practice into the Wiccan ritual framework.
Tony Brown is an Eclectic Wiccan and serves as clergy with the NC Piedmont Church of Wicca. He is also the Director of the Foothills Interfaith Assembly. Tony is a devotee of Dionysos, the Greek God of rebirth, transformation, tragedy, comedy, unresolved paradox and wine.
|12:00pm||Odin, God of Death?
Join us for a discussion of Odin Allfather much more comprehensive in scope than what you may be used to. See Odin in a new light, before he became a Marvel character. Come to appreciate how the Gray Wanderer uses Death to achieve his ends–and what those ends are exactly. Come meet the God of the Barrows, the blár-cloaked horseman.
Darrell Fishel is a former Baptist Minister of Music turned Pagan after meeting the Mother on a pivotal Samhain night many years ago. As an eclectic practitioner with a focus on Germanic Heathen traditions, he is deeply moved by the legacy and magic of the Northern tribes as well as other nature-based paths and esoteric magical systems. Darrell’s primary focus has been on the Runes, their various magical uses and sharing that magic with other through “intro to runes” classes taught locally and in the surrounding area.
|12:00pm||Bast: A Discussion of the History and Worship of the Devouring Lady
A journey to meet and talk about one of the most revered Goddesses in Kemetic (Egyptian) Orthodoxy.
Amber is a Strega and has served for the past six years as Maiden in her spiritual home, the Misfit Sanctuary. She takes an interest in all things magical and has a particular gift in cat magic. She has been a devotee of Bast for a decade and a Shemsu dedicated to Bast-Mut in the Kemetic Orthodox House of Netjer for over half that time. Amber is a talented artist, creating sacred jewelry and imagery, as well as practicing the divinatory art of bone reading. She runs an online shop with her husband, Scott, and spends her days dividing her time between writing songs and poetry for the Gods, doting on her fur-babies, and nerding it up with her friends.
|2:30pm||A Devoted Servant: Honoring Deity Through Service
A servant’s heart is a joyful thing, and service to a personal deity can be one of the most fulfilling forms of worship. Join Sarah Mellon, a long-time servant of Brigid to discover the joys, methods, and hardships of this exciting form of worship.
Sarah Mellon is a dirt witch that lives in the South Mountains area with her family and critters. She has served Brigid since she was 13, and currently is a flamekeeper with the Brigitine group Flame and Well and is also a springkeeper. In the past she has served both the Misfit Sanctuary and Panoleptos as clergy. She is a High Priestess Emeritus with the North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca. Sarah enjoys fibercrafts, baking with her daughters, and doing outdoor activities with her family.
|2:30pm||Chiron: Teacher, Healer, Prophet
Be introduced to these three faces of the Lord of the Centaurs and a demonstration of his gifts.
Rook MacMorrighan (Christopher Annon) is the host of “Storytime with Rook”, a family show aimed to teach our kids about our religion, about our Gods and Goddesses, and about how to be more involved in ritual and community. Rook is the Headmaster of the Tree of Life Children’s Learning Circle. He is also the High Priest of the Tribe of Truth Sanctuary. Both are eclectic neo-pagan based. Rook is a Priest of the Morrighan, Vice President of Piedmont Pagan Pride and is a very active member of the Misfit Sanctuary. Rook has studied many paths and under many teachers. He jokingly calls his path “Borg Paganism” because he assimilates what he learns.
|2:30pm||Wolf’s Moon Forge Blacksmithing Demonstration
Jason will be teaching an introduction to smithing and how to make some of your own tools for magical use. For reasons of practicality, it will be held at the Wolf’s Moon F0rge vendor’s booth.
A fourth-generation metal worker from the mountains of North Carolina.
Looking for something to help keep the little ones busy while you shop the vendors, or participate in a workshop? Don’t worry, the local Tree of Life Children’s Learning Circle is hosting a Kid’s Zone complete with crafts, races, and educational fun!
10:00-11:00 Opening Celebration and Veteran’s Honoring
11:00-11:30 Pan Race
11:30-12:00 Goddess Meditation
Come join Mrs. Trilby as she takes you on a marvelous and magical journey to meet the Goddess and she what she has to tell you.
12:00-1:00 Kid Friendly Spray Smudge
Fire and kids just don’t mix. Come join Ms. Sarra and Mr. Glendon as they show you an easy, water-based solution that smells great, cleanses and empowers, and is safe for all to enjoy.
1:00- 2:00 Playing with Tree Spirits
Come join Ms. Saidae as she helps introduce you to Stowe Park’s Tree Spirits. Then you will be using natural medium to design a picture of the Tree Spirits you meet.
2:00-3:00 Believe in the Spirit in You
Come join Mr. Chris as he teaches a kid friendly version of his Martial Magic class. You will build self confidence as you tap into your inner spirit through martial arts.
3:00-4:00 Grounding with Elements
Come join Mr. Travis and Mr. Chris as they teach you to use the magical elements to calm you when life gets crazy.
4:00-5:00 Clean Celebration area to prepare for Harvest/One Spirit Celebration
5:00-6:00 Straight from the Heart Concert
6:00-7:00 Harvest/One Spirit Celebration
To find out more about the Tree of Life Children’s Learning Circle , follow them on Facebook to keep up with their upcoming schedules of events!
Kevin is a Gastonia, NC based photographer specializing in live music,
cosplay, and event photography.
He has been behind the lens seriously
for three years. When he isn’t out photographing,
he is busying himself to prepare for the coming zombie apocalypse.
Our ideas of Spirit can take many forms. For some it is the balance reflected in the God and Goddess,
for some Spirit is a reflection of the two in one, and for many Spirit is reflected in the All.
What ever your belief or perception, you are welcome to join us in our celebration intent:
With our connection to Spirit through us, and as us; our community, as one, takes root, and takes flight!
Our symbol of Spirit this year is the World Tree/Tree of Life as reflected in our logo.
With this in mind, we invite you to bring a plant or sapling to be blessed
that you can take back to your own home, or donate to be planted.
We will begin at 6 PM and look forward to sharing the joy of community with you! Bright Blessings!
Lucky for you, Sugar Momma’s Kettle Corn will be selling not only Fresh Hand Popped Kettle Corn in several flavors but cold soda and water.
To find out more, check out Sugar Momma’s Facebook page for not only flavors, but schedule of local events to taste her sweet treats!
International Pagan Radio an new internet based radio station whose goals include to be known the world round, both in and out of the Pagan people, to be a place where we all come not just for music, but also for reliable unbiased information, news, and updates, and a place where we can all come and gain stronger unity for the entire Pagan community.
IPR: a place where no matter what country or path we follow, we can all come to this station and be one people, one voice, with a dream, and a brighter future.