Happy Friday! On Fridays, we showcase vendors who offer their wonderful wares or spectacular services at Frederick Pagan Pride Day. Today, we’d like to direct you to one of the most popular vendors at our festival, Wicked Wand Shoppe. The Shoppe was created by two souls on a journey to create a little magic. They work with the properties of wood, clay, stones, and plants as they hand craft wands, besoms, crystal ball stands, candle holders, pendulums, oils, altar tools, and curiosities. Each creation is given great thought and respect from start to finish, as we let the materials dictate their purpose and design. They have an etsy page right here and a Facebook page here.
It’s hard to know where to begin! I’ll start with the practical:
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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
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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.
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.
- Workshop/Ritual Presentations
- Representatives from local Non Profit Groups, Events, Churches and Covens
- Sponsor Frederick Pagan Pride Day
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 firstname.lastname@example.org