Festival Friday: L&M Crafts!

It’s Festival Friday!! Every Friday, we’re showcasing a vendor who offers their gorgeous wares at our annual festival. Today, please check out L&M Crafts – Magick’s Mystic Blessings! L&M Crafts has been with us since our very first Frederick Pagan Pride Day and is always a huge hit. They are a New Age and Body Jewelry store located in Rosedale, MD. They do offer online shopping, so head over to their page here and throw them some love: https://www.facebook.com/LM-Crafts-Magicks-Mystic-Blessings-115389321827574/

Festival Friday Spotlight: Phoenix and Peacock!

It’s Festival Friday! Please help support the vendors who make their livings through festival season by patronizing their online businesses 🙂 Plus – MORE SHINY THINGS for us! Win-win! This Friday, we’d like to direct your attention to Phoenix and Peacock! Phoenix and Peacock is a blend of Fantasy and Feather handcrafted creations! The product line includes Handmade dragons, One of a kind feather sage fans, sage kits, sage sprays, wands, original pieces of art as well as some other creations as guided! They also sell tarot decks of the unusual variety, journals and an abundance of crystals. Visit them online right here: https://phoenixandpeacock.com/

Festival Friday Spotlight: House of Opal!

It’s Festival Friday! This year is tough on our vendors, and who couldn’t use some lovely new magickal goodies? So, let’s do some online shopping! This Friday, we’d like to direct your attention to House of Opal! Mystery, myth, magick. This is the home where we gather to connect with the divine for love, healing, divination. This is a house of Tarot, tea leaves, scrying, Reiki, chakras, gemstones, and whatever else you desire. Welcome to the House of Opal. Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/House.of.Opal/ and on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/houseofunicornopal

Festival Friday Spotlight: Raven’s Own!

It’s Festival Friday! This year is tough on our vendors, and also tough on all our inner crows who just want MORE SHINY THINGS!! So, let’s do some online shopping! This Friday, we’d like to direct your attention to Raven’s Own! These wonderful folks make beautiful chain maille jewelry, pendulums and other items both sculptural and decorative from gorgeous shiny bits of metal. They are also the creators of an adorable line of Pixi C’thulus that have a tendency to follow people home from the festival. Cherif and Rebecca, the owners and artisans of Raven’s Own, are so friendly and welcoming that we like to place them at the entrance of Vendor Village specifically so they can help people feel at home. Please go visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RavensOwn/

2020 Frederick Pagan Pride Day Cancelled

It is with a heavy heart, and after much consideration, that the board of Frederick Pagan Pride Day is canceling our 2020 festival originally slated for September 12th. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our festival attendees, staff, presenters, performers, and vendors. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is not possible to make our event safe enough for our wonderful community. We are heartbroken to miss you this year.

Next year’s Frederick Pagan Pride Day is slated for Saturday, September 11th, 2021. Most of our vendors are simply shifting their registration to that date.  Many of our wonderful vendors offer online stores.  If you can support them, please do so.  A year without festivals is extremely hard on artists, artisans, and purveyors of beauty and magick.  Visit our vendor page here.

Although we cannot gather in person, we do not need to go through this strange time of physical distancing alone.  Frederick CUUPS, the organization that puts on the Frederick Pagan Pride Day, is offering robust online programming to help keep us all connected.  See the listing of upcoming events, gatherings, rituals and more here. We hope to see you online!

Every year, Frederick Pagan Pride Day has been able to make a sizeable donation of food to the Frederick Food Bank and a donation of food and supplies to the Animal Shelter at Frederick Country Animal Control. If you are able, please donate to these wonderful organizations.

We hope you are well, safe, and continuing to practice good pandemic protocols.  This year is ridiculously hard, but we honestly believe that this strange time will pass.  We will come together in community again. We will sing, drum, dance, learn, laugh, and grow with each other. By making the safe choices now, it ensures that we are all present for that bright future.

In love and service,

The Board of the Frederick, Maryland, Pagan Pride Day

COVID-19 Considerations

The board of Frederick Pagan Pride Day values the health and safety of our attendees and strives to offer a safe, inclusive space for learning and connecting. We are closely observing the evolving information regarding COVID-19, the Coronavirus, and will continue to make plans to support the safety of our community.

Right now, we do not know if the 2020 Frederick Pagan Pride Day festival will run. Any decision regarding whether or not the festival will run will be immediately made public on our website and social media pages. All participating parties (registered vendors and confirmed presenters) will receive emails.

The board of FPPD is all-volunteer, many of whom are essential workers. As a result, we are running behind on presentation applications. Please be patient – we are doing the best we can.

Stay safe out there, everyone.

Forms are UP!!

Are you ready?!  It’s time to plan the 2020 Frederick Pagan Pride Day!  Our sixth annual festival will be on Saturday, September 12th, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. People of all ages and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. The event will include information booths, workshops, live music, vendors and other activities celebrating the Autumn Equinox, a time of thanksgiving in many Pagan traditions.  Our 2020 theme is ‘Witch the Vote’ and some offerings will be focused around civic action and ways to reduce disenfranchisement.

Registration forms are now online.

Vendor Information
Workshop and Ritual Proposals
Entertainment Applications
Sponsor Frederick Pagan Pride Day
Represent a local Coven, Open Circle, Event, Charity or 501c3 organization
Volunteer

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.

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