THANK YOU and festival wrap-up

Photo by Shannon

It’s hard to know where to begin! I’ll start with the practical:

If you have photos from the 2019 Frederick Pagan Pride Day that you would be willing to share, please drop me a line here at the facebook page or at frederickpaganpride(at)gmail(dot)com. We would be happy to give credit or not, whichever you prefer.

Our final tallies for the day: this year’s festival drew roughly 650 people to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. We raised 1635.25 pounds of food for The Frederick Food Bank and another 257 pounds of pet food and other supplies for the Adoption Center at Frederick County Animal Control. For those of you playing along at home, that is nearly DOUBLE last year’s donations. THANK YOU for your generosity. The best kind of magick is the kind that helps ease suffering for the spirits who most need it – you made some unbelievable magick yesterday!

Food donations at the Frederick Food Bank

Pet food and supply donations at the Adoption Center

There are so many people I want to thank! Our presenters and performers, who utterly outdid themselves. Our ritual leaders, who offered different tastes of the many spiritual paths within Paganism. Our incredible community sponsors who made this festival possible through their generous donations. Our vendors, who made the shopping experience at Frederick Pagan Pride absolutely unreal. Our guests! It’s no good putting on a festival if no one comes out to enjoy it. Thank you for visiting us, for sharing your time, energy, magick and enthusiasm. You make Frederick Pagan Pride Day the joy that it is, and I am grateful beyond words to you.

And there is one group I want to hold high for a moment. It is impossible to convey in words how much goes into hosting a festival – we begin planning in January. The staff of Frederick Pagan Pride Day includes more than 30 people and every single one of them is absolutely vital. For many of us, the festival is one of the most joyous, but also longest, days of the year. My staff works HARD. It is my deep hope that they are all home and resting today, and staying off their feet. The staff does jobs that range from managing parking to registration to roaming security to acting as liaisons with various other groups at the festival to answering questions to emptying trash cans and refilling toilet paper to set up and tear down….it’s so much. I am so proud of my staff that it’s hard to talk about it without starting to cry. I love them all dearly, and I wish I could show you the thousands of things they do to make our festival run smoothly. They are the heart and soul of Frederick Pagan Pride Day.

In particular, I would like to honor Jeff, my event manager. This is the first year that someone stepped up to shoulder a large portion of the logistics. Jeff has been working for months to manage the staffing of a large, complex festival, and he knocked it out of the park. His work meant that this year, our largest thus far, was also the least stressful for me personally out of the last five. I am grateful beyond words for his work.

One of the things that is staying with me this year was how many people told me how good the energy of the festival was – how warm and welcome, joyous and generous everything felt. I think that may be what I’m most proud of this year. It means that the Beloved Community I am working to foster through Frederick CUUPS is quite real, and it is growing.

At the very end of the day, as the vendors were tearing down and the festival infrastructure was being disassembled, we had a round of unexpected guests. As I came back around the corner of the building to the event field, I was greeted by an astonishing spectacle – thousands of dragon flies had appeared out of nowhere. They dived and darted and danced in the air, causing everyone who had been working to pause and marvel at the sight of them. Dragonflies are associated with joy, and with living in the moment. Their presence was the most amazing gift from the Spirits. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

We are planning our 6th Annual Pagan Pride Day, the 2020 festival, to be on Saturday, September 12th. I hope you will join us. Work will begin on the festival over the winter. Please get in touch if you’d like to be part of that process.

As ever, I remain grateful and honored to guide the path of Frederick Pagan Pride Day. I am so proud of all of us.

In service,

Irene Glasse
FPPD Lead Organizer

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Mobile-Friendly Program and Other Info

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The 5th Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day is THIS SATURDAY, September 14th, from 10 am to 6 pm and we are SO EXCITED!!!! Every year, people ask us what to bring. We do have a few suggestions: your sealed, non-perishable donation to The Foodbank Program or Frederick County Animal Control, a water bottle to fill at our water stations, a folding camp chair, sunblock if it’s sunny out, rain gear if rain is in the forecast, cash for raffle tickets ($3 each or 2 for $5) and vendors, and a notebook and something to write with. We’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

Admission is a donation to one of two organizations we are supporting this year.  You are welcome to bring an item of non-perishable commercially prepared food (no home canned goods, unfortunately) for The Foodbank Program operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency.  This year, Frederick Pagan Pride Day is also supporting Frederick County Animal Control.  Donations for the Adoption Center can also be given as admission.  FCAC is requesting UNOPENED PACKAGES of canned food of any variety, dry food (Iams is preferred, but they will take any sort), bleach, sponges and Dawn dish soap.  Other pet supplies are welcome, but must be UNOPENED.

Parking will be available on-site as well as at two overflow lots.  Shuttle Service will be running from the Park and Ride lots at the intersection of Elmer Derr Road.  The shuttle will run from 9:30 am to 6 pm.  Please consider carpooling as well.

2019 Information!

We are so excited for the 5th Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, September 14th, 2019!!  A few notes:

Admission is a donation to one of two organizations we are supporting this year.  You are welcome to bring an item of non-perishable commercially prepared food (no home canned goods, unfortunately) for The Foodbank Program operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency.  This year, Frederick Pagan Pride Day is also supporting Frederick County Animal Control.  Donations for the Adoption Center can also be given as admission.  FCAC is requesting UNOPENED PACKAGES of canned food of any variety, dry food (Iams is preferred, but they will take any sort), bleach, sponges and Dawn dish soap.  Other pet supplies are welcome, but must be UNOPENED.

Parking will be available on-site as well as at two overflow lots.  Shuttle Service will be running from the Park and Ride lots at the intersection of Elmer Derr Road.  The shuttle will run from 9:30 am to 6 pm.  Please consider carpooling as well.

Volunteers are needed for the day.  Please contact us at frederickpaganpride(at)gmail(dot)com to volunteer!

Vendor Village is no longer taking applications – we are now full. Vendor forms go online in January and we are generally sold out by August 1st.  If you would like to vend at the 2020 festival, please plan to register in the spring.

2019 Flyers are here!

Please help us get the word out about the 5th Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, September 14th, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.! Here are the flyers. One is in color and one is in black and white.  If you are able to, please download, print them out and hang them up!

BW FPPD 2019 Flyer

FPPD 2019 Flyer FINAL

Here they are as images:

Frederick Pagan Pride Day 2019 Vendor, Workshop, Entertainment and Ritual forms are UP!!

The Fifth Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day will be Saturday, September 14th, 2019.  We are currently accepting applications for the event.  If you are interested in participating as part of FPPD, please click on the link below that applies to you.

If you have something you would like to contribute to the 2019 FPPD that is not listed above, please feel free to contact us at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com

2018 Frederick Pagan Pride Day Wrap-Up and Thank Yous

Whew!! What a day! Before I get into the MASSIVE list of thank-yous, a quick request – if you have photos from the 4th Annual Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day, and would not mind us adding them to our photo album (with credit, of course!), please message this account or send them to frederickpaganpride(at)gmail(dot)com.
Every year after FPPD, I find myself utterly overwhelmed with gratitude. On my way home from the festival yesterday, I almost started crying behind the wheel because of the sheer scale of gratitude welling within my heart.

We raised 823.11 pounds of food for the Frederick Food Bank. We have a huge pile of donations for the Adoption Center at Frederick County Animal Control. And over 550 people came through the doors yesterday. As I said during Kindred Crow’s set, remember – you are NOT alone. When you are feeling overwhelmed, or isolated, or like a single fiber of strangeness and magick in the tapestry of our greater culture, remember the festival. There are a LOT of us. And we are amazing.

Thank you for coming out to celebrate your Pagan Pride with us yesterday! A festival isn’t much fun to create without guests. Thank you for sharing your Paths/Traditions, your laughter, your time and your energy with us! It was an honor to host you.
I have a few folks I would like to honor. First, my co-coordinators – Top Hat Jeff, my on-site lead, and Kim, my schedule lead and site vendor liaison. Without these two wonderful humans, I would be a frazzled mess. Also, my beloved Chris, who along with running sound and having the same day-of hours I do, puts up with all my pre-FPPD insanity with his usual kindness and warmth. Michelle, who runs sound with Chris AND chases me around, makes sure I’ve eaten, and is otherwise my better angel at large Frederick CUUPS events. Charles, who was incredibly helpful in resolving some parking issues this year along with all his other duties. Ashley and Andrea, the delightful (and sometimes naughty) faeries who run Children’s Programming. Third, the incredible crew of FPPD. We number around 30, all told. And this hard-working, cooperative, kind, funny, creative crew absolutely blew me away this year. They worked their butts off – we have meetings in advance of the festival, email chains, a Friday night setup and a day that starts at 8 a.m. the day of the festival and does not generally end until 8 p.m. that night. I am honored to call these wonderful folks my friends and teammates.
I am grateful to all the people who were NOT on the volunteer team who still stepped in to help with running (and especially cleaning up after) the festival – Josey & Company, the ShadowGrove community, Suzanne, Rath and many others who I apologize for not naming here (I’m exhausted – forgive my shaky memory).
I would also like to extend deep gratitude to Tamara and Niall, who stepped up at the last minute to lead workshops!
Which leads me to all the presenters, performers and ritual leaders who brought their wisdom, talents and connection to our festival. To Julia and Scarlet of Private Story, to the rest of the crows in Kindred Crow, to the stunning, talented performers of Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts, and to Anam Cara Belly Dance – thank you!! To Rath, Suz, Niall, Monika Healing Coyote Shamanism, Cat of the Universal Temple of Spirits, Rachel, Scott, Tamara, and Elk Ridge Kindred, thank you!!
Thank you to our amazing Vendors! We pride ourselves on offering the best Pagan shopping in the region, and you all really pulled out the stops this year. Thank you for your flexibility around the weather and dealing with a shifting logistical plan as the hurricane drew near the east coast.
Thank you to the groups who brought their Traditions, Paths, Covens and other organizations to share with us!
And last but not least, thank you to the wonderful community and staff of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. Thank you for sharing your home with us.
Next year’s festival is currently slated for Saturday, September 14th, 2019. We will begin planning it in January, and it will be our FIFTH YEAR!! If you are interested in becoming a part of the festival, please drop me a line at frederickpaganpride(at)gmail(dot)com
As ever, I am so honored, so grateful, so utterly overwhelmed to somehow have the pleasure of overseeing and organizing our annual gathering. Thank you for everything, my friends.
Let there be peace between us.
In love and service,
Irene

Weather Plans for Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day

Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day is very fortunate in terms of our location.  In the event of heavy rain, we will move the entire festival inside the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (4880 Elmer Derr Road – same location as the festival, just inside the building).  We will make a final call on whether we will be indoors or outdoors on Friday morning and will post about it on all our media – this website, our Facebook page, the Frederick CUUPS Facebook page, and the Facebook event.

The first graphic below is the outdoor plan. The image below it is the indoor plan.

FPPD 2018 Schedule Final1

FPPD 2018 INDOOR Schedule Final1