So, I usually post my “Thank You” post a few days after settling down from the high of completing a Pagan Pride Day. This year, I am sending out that post, or an additional one, a little early for a special reason.
This year marks 10 year that I have been coordinator for Atlanta Pagan Pride. So, even though we are a week away from what I fully expect to be a great event and are already planning toward 2019, I want to give an early shout out to some special folks who have helped put this event on for the Atlanta community over the past decade. These are the folks, without which, this event would really not have been able to continue on and grow each year. Thank you in advance for this year’s event!
Lady Mehurt & EmeraldDawn
First, big, big thanks go out to Lady Mehurt, who has had many titles over the years but really has been the accomplishment master of many logistics tasks, coordinator of the kitchen, solver of problems, and all-around right-hand woman. And Emerald Dawn who has kept the books kept, made sure the forms signed, helped with vendor shuttling and many other things throughout the day. Both of these ladies have helped with making sure all the big and little things have been planned and making sure that so many other critical things that you don’t see, but that need doing, have been done, for the full 10.
The Ravenwood Tradition
Also, big, big thanks to Lady Maia, Lady Astraea, and all the Ravenwood folks for being sponsors, volunteers, and always having folks who are willing to pitch in and help where needed. Whether it has been a need for a class to be taught, a ritual to be led, more signs to be made, a truck that needed loading, chairs that needed moving, or whatever, they have been willing to jump in and help. That kind of willingness to help is just amazing when you are putting together a big event where there will inevitably be things that need doing. They have truly lent support toward Atlanta Pagan Pride taking place in so many ways over the years that I truly can’t list them all.
The Unicorn Tradition – Donna, Alyssa, Haven, Nee, Ben . . .
Big thanks to all of the Unicorn Tradition folks including Donna, Alyssa, Haven, Nee, Ben, and many others, who have donated and pitched in with pre-event tasks, day of event tasks, and helped in many, many ways from cooking & baking to sign making, kitchen working, help with setting up and taking things down and so much more. Also, being our grove-mates, friends, and family, these folks have lent support to Mehurt, Emerald Dawn and I to do what we needed to do to pull Atlanta Pagan Pride day together.
Entertainers – Arthur Hinds, Spiral Rhythm, and others
Special thanks to our many entertainers over the years, with most special gratitude to the ones who have been part of our event for nearly every one of the past 10 years. Yes, I am talking about you, Arthur Hinds and Spiral Rhythm. Y’all have added the energy and magick of sound, which is truly a wonderful gift.
Bill W. & Crystal
Two folks who have joined us in more recent years, but who have quickly become very, very important members of our team, are Bill and Crystal. I don’t even remember the exact year either of them joined in, but it feels like they have been there forever. You two have lent a lot of help and support and have played a big role in helping to plan out pre-event logistics and in keeping things running smoothly on the day of the event. Big thanks to both of you. Big thanks to Bill who, among many other things, has always been willing to help plot out the map, mark out the spaces, and help early morning folks get to where they need to go. Aside from being willing to pitch in where needed, Bill always seems to be the person with the tool, the truck, the extra light, the program that can help us plot the map, etc. Also big thanks to Bill’s wife Susan, who has been great with pitching in as well, and patient with all of my crazy phone calls and texts LOL! Big thanks to Crystal who not only is great with helping out with logistics and many other things that help us to run smoothly, also wins the award for the cheeriest morning person, or afternoon person for that matter, with Atlanta Pagan Pride! Your smile and great energy help keep us all going!
Big thank you to the many workshop presenters! Thank you to our wonderful vendors, and thank you for everyone who attends and brings cans for the food drive and positive energy to the day!
For the many folks who have volunteered over the years and who have continued to help to make this event possible, you have been, and continue to be, amazing!
Lots of gratitude for all that you have done and continue to do!
P.S. We could still really use some volunteers for the day of the event. If you are able, please consider signing up, or just show up and ask what is needed. http://www.atlantapaganpride.org/2018-event-information/2018-volunteer
By the way, I am already making plans for 2019, if you are wondering how you can get more involved with Atlanta Pagan Pride and possibly go from volunteering for a day to being part of our Atlanta Pagan Pride team, it is super easy: # 1 =Show up, then be willing to pitch in where needed, show us that you are honest, dependable, show us you can get along with other members of the team and can be helpful. We could always use help. Want to know what you get in return? Our gratitude J, also, that warm feeling that even though very few people really know who you are or what you do, that you helped to make sure that pagan faiths and practices are more visible in the Atlanta community and that you helped some people to have a great day, or possibly helped them feel less isolated. Also, those who are members of our team get invited to join us for our super exclusive after event dinner, fun planning sessions, and you also get a groovy t-shirt.
Atlanta Pagan Pride Day will be taking place at 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030 – Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 9AM-6PM – Rain or Shine. This is a free event but we ask you to bring your cans for the Food Drive!
Descriptions and Information about activities, workshop, and presenters:
Additional information on Performers:
All day there will be wonderful vendors:
Food and drinks are available! Lots to see, lots of people to meet, lots of things to do! Join us on 10-20-2018
Remember your cans for the food bank! Share the harvest – Bring Cans!!!
Big Thank You to our sponsors! The Ravenwood Tradition, The Unicorn Tradition, and Oracle 20/20