News from Pagan Pride 2012

Thank you for visiting us here on the web. Our festival for 2012 is done, and we are all going to sleep for a week, maybe two. 

Be sure to mark your calendar for next year's autumn festival, as always, the third weekend in September.  It will be September 21st and 22nd, 2013, at the NC State Fairgrounds. This is our 13th annual event, so let's make it special.

We are all going to take a few weeks to relax now, but planning for 2013 is already well underway, with 38 vendors already lined up and loose commitments for many of the performers we had this year to return. If you would like to get involved in creating next year's festival, come to our 2012 Wrapup/2013 Planning Meeting on October 14th at 2pm in Gaia's Gardens in Raleigh, NC. Please contact us for details and to RSVP.

And don't forget to subscribe to our news feed for new posts, or just follow us on Twitter.  You can also get updates by email. See you soon!

The Official 12th Annual Pagan Pride Raleigh Wrap-Up!

posted Sep 25, 2012, 8:34 AM by Johnson Davis

Here is the Official 12th Annual Pagan Pride Raleigh Wrap-Up!!! First and foremost, thank you to all of our 2012 attendees, vendors, performers, workshop leaders, volunteers and staff. Without all of you this event wouldn’t be what it is today!!!


This year was one of the largest Central NC Pagan Pride Days Festivals yet! With nearly 3000 people in attendance, across both days, we were able to collect Food and Cash donations equaling 8,033 pounds for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, enough to provide 6,764 meals to those who need them. The fine folks with the Wake County Animal Center raised $80 in cash donations, plus received numerous donations of cat and dog food, toys, containers, cleaning supplies, etc and most importantly found loving homes for 2 wonderful animals (1 cat and 1 puppy). On top of all of this, the Blood Donors at our event gave 31 units of blood to the American Red Cross of the Triangle, enough to save an estimated 93 lives. We even had the News and Observer stop by on Saturday!

This year, we didn’t just break records; we set major milestones for Pagan Pride Raleigh!

Again, we thank everyone who made this year (and every year) possible!! See you all again next September on the 21st and 22nd, 2013, at the NC State Fairgrounds. Be sure to mark your calendars!!!
The 13th Annual Pagan Pride Raleigh is going to be even better!!!!!  

Best Photo Contest

posted Sep 20, 2012, 10:57 AM by Johnson Davis   [ updated Sep 22, 2012, 9:28 PM ]


Pagan Pride Raleigh 2012 Photo Contest

Hi all,

We are collecting photos for the 2012 event and would like your help.  Last year, we received too many to process, with hundreds of photos from many people, spread across our dropbox, shutterbug, flickr, picasa and many other locations.  This year, we are going to do something a little different.  

We would like each person to pick their 12 best photos for the event and upload them to us through this dropbox. Be sure to include your email address in the message with your upload.  Then we will have a contest and the photographer with the "Best" picture will get a $50 Visa gift card.

Here is the tinyurl link:  http://tinyurl.com/ppd2012

fine print: By uploading photos and videos you give Pagan Pride Raleigh unlimited non-exclusive rights to use them in any way in perpetuity, and you confirm that you have the right to do so.

We would love to see your videos, too, but they will not be included in the contest.  Also, please pick only your best 2 videos to upload.

Thank You,
Johnson Davis

12th Annual Pagan Pride Raleigh Festival is Done!

posted Sep 17, 2012, 9:42 AM by Johnson Davis   [ updated Sep 21, 2012, 11:35 AM ]

Hi all,

The 12th Annual Pagan Pride Raleigh Festival held this weekend at the NC State Fairgrounds was a great success. In spite of a rainy start on Sunday, we had our largest attendance, yet, with 2,870 attendees across both days. And we didn't just have more visitors; those visitors found more vendors, music, workshops and local groups than ever before. Also, in addition to the food and blood drives we always have, this year we added pet adoptions. I don't have final numbers on any of the charitable activities, but I am sure we collected more food than last year, because we filled more pallets. I'll publish the final numbers as they come in from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, the American Red Cross, and the Wake County Animal Center.

So, a special thanks to all the visitors, vendors, volunteers, local groups, workshop leaders, sponsors and performers that made this all happen.

Be sure to mark your calendar for next year's festival, as always, the third weekend in September. That is September 21st and 22nd, 2013. It will be our 13th annual event, so let's make it special.

We are all going to take a few weeks to relax now, but planning for 2013 is already well underway, with 38 vendors already lined up and loose commitments for many of the performers we had this year. If you would like to get involved in creating next year's festival, come to our 2012 Wrapup/2013 Planning Meeting on October 14th at 2pm in Gaia's Gardens in Raleigh, NC. Please contact us for details and to RSVP.

Johnson Davis
Local Coordinator, Pagan Pride Raleigh
Phone +1-919-283-3733

Volunteer at Pagan Pride Days!

posted Aug 23, 2012, 6:32 PM by laurel@cncppd.org

Pagan Pride Days is right around the corner - September 15th and 16th! 
 
The Festival can't happen without lots of volunteers. If you would like to help out with the festival, please go to this link http://www.cncppd.org/participate/volunteer and fill in the form. Be sure to mark every time and job you think you can help out with. We will try to spread the work out evenly and will contact you to confirm before finalizing the volunteer schedule.
 
Thanks for helping make PPD a success!

Even More Vendors and Local Groups

posted Aug 22, 2012, 7:36 AM by Johnson Davis


Hi all,


Just wanted to let everyone know the lists of Vendors and Local Groups is up on the website.  This year we have 60 vendor booths with all manner of wonderful products and services, and 14 local groups hosting information booths where you can learn about different Pagan paths.  Follow these links for more details:

Vendors     http://www.cncppd.org/attend/vendors 

  1. Bell, Book & Candle
  2. Bike Part Jewelry
  3. Black Wolf
  4. Blessed Bead Jewelry
  5. Camelot Treasures
  6. Carolina Spirit Quest, Inc.
  7. Charming Bear Gifts
  8. Compass Rose- Emerald Isle
  9. Crystal Harmony
  10. Curious Goods Curios
  11. D-Squared
  12. Designing Impressions Crochet
  13. Dragon Wynd
  14. Earth Traditions
  15. Edenistic Tendencies
  16. Enchanted Woods
  17. Forever Scorched
  18. Gail Edmundson
  19. Glass Goddess
  20. Golden Phoenix Society
  21. Gypsy Raku
  22. Hodge Podge Pagans
  23. Idhavelli Hof
  24. Imagine Whimsy
  25. Life Eclectic
  26. Linda Searcy Jewelry Designs
  27. Madame Melinda Tarot
  28. Maggie Moon Tarot
  29. Magnolia House (ToBeRaw.com)
  30. Maiden Mother Crone
  31. Making Magick
  32. Mermaid Mansion
  33. Metaphysical Mercantile
  34. Muddy Owl & Friends
  35. My Enchanted Designs
  36. NaturesWindow
  37. Obsidians Caldera
  38. Olivia's Forest
  39. Sew Evil
  40. Shasta's Treasures
  41. Silver Sisters Cottage
  42. Stahnika's Gifts
  43. Starrlight Mead
  44. Stoned Leather / Astrology Services
  45. Swanfire Farm
  46. Taylor's Jewelry
  47. Thaumaturgy 777
  48. The Clerics Pantry
  49. The Peddler and The Crow
  50. The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions
  51. The Thorr's Hammer Site
  52. Tree of Life Designs
  53. Triskel Moon Farms
  54. Truely Unique
  55. Turquoise Temple
  56. TuTu Adorable Fairy Boutique
  57. Warsin Studios
  58. WendyMehndi Henna and Body Art
  59. White Hart Haunt and Nox Fox
  60. Wisewoman Tarot

Local Groups     http://www.cncppd.org/attend/local-groups 

See you soon!
Johnson



Pagan Pride Raleigh is the Central NC Chapter of the international Pagan Pride Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster pride in Pagan identity, and to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs, all through education, activism, charity and community.

The annual festival attracts nearly 2000 pagans, pagan friends and the pagan curious every year. Open to the general public, this autumn celebration offers two days of both entertainment and education through social, commercial and spiritual activities. All are welcome to join or observe rituals, attend workshops, meet local groups, and much more, all in a festival environment full of vendors, music, and fun.

Sept. 15 and 16, 2012, NC State Fairgrounds Gate 5, 974 Youth Center Dr, Raleigh, NC
Gates open 10:45am, Saturday and Sunday

(Raleigh) Pagan Pride August Planning Meeting Invite

posted Aug 6, 2012, 9:57 PM by Johnson Davis

Hi all,


The next Pagan Pride Planning Meeting is Wednesday, August 8 at the Southeast Regional Library in Garner from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.  All interested parties are invited.  We are in the final planning stages and need solid input from all areas to make sure we have everything covered.   I have a larger room booked, so guests are welcome.  Please RSVP through our contact page.
    

See you soon!
Johnson

(Raleigh) Pagan Pride July Planning Meeting Invite

posted Jul 18, 2012, 6:47 PM by Johnson Davis   [ updated Jul 19, 2012, 2:10 PM ]

Hi all,


The next Pagan Pride Planning Meeting is tomorrow, July 19 at the Cameron Village Regional Library, Room 202, from 7pm-8pm.  All interested parties are invited.  We are getting into the final planning stages and need solid input from all areas to make sure we have everything covered.   I have a larger room booked, so guests are welcome.  Please RSVP through our contact page.
    

See you soon!
Johnson



Pagan Pride Raleigh is the Central NC Chapter of the international Pagan Pride Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster pride in Pagan identity, and to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs, all through education, activism, charity and community.

The annual festival attracts nearly 2000 pagans, pagan friends and the pagan curious every year. Open to the general public, this autumn celebration offers two days of both entertainment and education through social, commercial and spiritual activities. All are welcome to join or observe rituals, attend workshops, meet local groups, and much more, all in a festival environment full of vendors, music, and fun.

Sept. 15 and 16, 2012, NC State Fairgrounds Gate 5, 974 Youth Center Dr, Raleigh, NC
Gates open 10:45am, Saturday and Sunday

(Raleigh) Pet Adoption Drive at Pagan Pride 2012

posted Jul 18, 2012, 6:30 PM by Johnson Davis   [ updated Jul 19, 2012, 2:11 PM ]

This year Pagan Pride Raleigh would like to welcome the Wake County Animal Center and their Mobile Adoption Unit! They will be here both days with animals available for adoption and collecting goods for the creatures!



How can I help?
... Donate money.
...... Sponsor a pet.
.........Donate pet food.
............Donate products (such pet crates, leashes collars).




      Here is a list of specific needs for the Wake County Animal Center
  • Paper Towels
  • Treats
  • Bleach
  • Leashes and Collars
  • Newspapers
  • Monetary Donations
  • Cat Litter
  • Small Mammal Supplies
  • Dog Toys (hard toys such as Kongs and Nylabones)
  • Thundershirts
  • Pet Brushes and Combs
  • Pet Shampoo
  • Kitten Formula (KMR)
  • Puppy Formula
  • Pet Nursing Kits
  • Pet Crates
  • Spray cleaners (i.e. Fantastic, Formula 409)
  • Bath Towels
  • Cat Toys (plastic toys that can be sanitized – no fabric)



The 
Wake County Animal Center is the community animal shelter operated by Wake County Government that receives all lost, stray, abandoned and surrendered animals from the community. This year the Animal Center will receive approximately 17,000 animals that are looking for second chances. Learn more about the center .


Pagan Pride Raleigh is the Central NC Chapter of the international Pagan Pride Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster pride in Pagan identity, and to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs, all through education, activism, charity and community.

The annual festival attracts nearly 2000 pagans, pagan friends and the pagan curious every year. Open to the general public, this autumn celebration offers two days of both entertainment and education through social, commercial and spiritual activities. All are welcome to join or observe rituals, attend workshops, meet local groups, and much more, all in a festival environment full of vendors, music, and fun.

Sept. 15 and 16, 2012, NC State Fairgrounds Gate 5, 974 Youth Center Dr, Raleigh, NC
Gates open 10:45am, Saturday and Sunday

Welcome American Red Cross and Wake County Animal Center!

posted Jul 18, 2012, 1:55 PM by daddio@cncppd.org

We are pleased to announce that we will have the American Red Cross Triangle Chapter at the festival on Sunday to collect blood. We are also pleased to welcome the Wake County Animal Center and their Mobile Adoption Unit! Come check out some of the animals available for adoption and help us raise donations for the Animal Center! This year you can help save a human life by donating blood and a creatures life by giving to the Animal Center. For more information check out our website!

Like our Website? Hate it? We'll pay to find out...

posted May 10, 2012, 11:21 AM by Johnson Davis

We are trying out a new survey system, and decided to start with a 10 question survey about our website.  The site has tons of information for both the attendees and those that will help create Pagan Pride Raleigh this year, along with historical information covering the last 11 years.  We think we have made it friendly and well organized, but we want to know what you think, and we will pay to find out...

This is the first of 4 surveys that we will send out, and when they are all complete, everyone will be entered once for each survey they submitted into a drawing for $100 cash prize. 


Copy http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KPGFBHD to your browser address bar if you have problems with the link above.

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