It’s another (slightly late) Festival Friday! We continue to showcase vendors who would have been part of this year’s Frederick Pagan Pride Day. This week, we would love to highlight Serendipities! Run by a husband and wife team in northern Virginia who create devotional and Reiki-attuned jewelry, host workshops, provide healing and divination services and much more. https://7serendipities.com/find-us/
Happy Friday! We made it through another week! On Fridays, we showcase vendors who offer the wonderful wares or spectacular services at our festival. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Crossroads Sacred Arts. Crossroads Sacred Arts is devoted to the arcane arts of shamanic healing and soul retrieval, tarot readings, and various other witchy endeavors. Mia is the resident healer, tarot reader, jewelry maker, counselor, officiant, witch. She has been reading tarot professionally for six years, and reading for herself and friends for 20 years. Consultations and Conversation can begin via email at crossroadssacredarts(at)gmail.com
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/
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/
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
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/
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
FPPD Lead Organizer