We simply can’t say those two words enough. Thank you! We had a wonderful, beautiful, energizing event yesterday. Thanks to all the volunteers, donors, vendors, performers, presenters, and other helpers who made it a great day. We absolutely could not have put this event on with less than 4 months to prepare without all your hard work, energy, and enthusiasm. THANK YOU!
We had approximately 150 people join us during the day. We collected a staggering 200 lbs. and 14 oz. of food for Project FEED food pantry and 44.8 lbs. of pet food for the Pet Food Pantry at Animal Refuge League. Thank you all so much for your generous donations!
Through our fundraising efforts and the generosity of our supporters, we were able to pay for the costs of this year’s event (venue rental, event insurance, programs, supplies, marketing, and filing fees), and we have a little seed money to get us started for next year. Thanks especially to our friends at EarthTides Pagan Network for their donation of $500. Without that assistance to get us going, we would have had to significantly reduce the scale of the event this year.
Plans for 2014 SMPPD will begin as soon as the organizers have had a couple days to rest. We hope to have the date and location set before long. We’ll have a post-event wrap-up meeting and celebration in a couple weeks to talk about what worked, any concerns to address for next year, and then plans for next time. A date will be set for that soon.
Once again, thank you to everyone for your support. We absolutely could not have done this without every one of you. Blessed be!
The staff and volunteers of SMPPD have been working hard to finalize details, put together the event schedule (still a couple updates to come, but it’s mostly complete), and get everything set to welcome our community to the event a week from Saturday.
We want to help as many people get there who want to be there, so we’ve set up a Facebook group for ride share info at https://www.facebook.com/groups/smppdrideshare/. If you can give a ride, please post with your location, any stopping points along the way, and how many seats you have available. If you need a ride, please post where you are located, if there is a place you could meet, and how many in your group. Then, check back often and try to find someone for ridesharing. This will help get us all there, help alleviate parking issues, and save fossil fuels (and help our Earth Mother breathe a little better).
The details will be added as they are finalized to the SMPPD 2013 page, so keep checking back with us!
The event schedule will be completed today and posted very soon!
Your survey feedback said that workshops were the most important element for SMPPD, and we listened! We have well over a dozen great workshops from really fabulous presenters. There will be something for everyone, whether you’re Pagan-curious, newly Pagan, or you’ve been on the path a long time. Lots of different perspectives are offered.
We have performances from some familiar faces and some new friends, too.
And now, we have a special announcement. For this, our 10th Annual Southern Maine Pagan Pride Day, we will have two new events:
Pagan Games will feature fun games that will exercise your body, challenge your mind, or test your connection to your community…or maybe all three at once. More details to come as we get closer to the event. Win fabulously silly prizes!
In the Bard Laureate of SMPPD competition we will crown our Bard Laureate for the year. Bring your best song, poem, interpretive dance, or other bardic talent and be ready to strut your stuff before the crowd. The winner will hold the title of Bard Laureate for the year, be featured on the website, and be held in highest reverence by the community.
Those are the updates for now. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 10th!
Hey folks! Can you believe that SMPPD is less than 2 weeks away? We are now full for workshops. Thanks to all who are presenting! We have so many exciting topics this year being presented by a diverse group of people with a wealth of knowledge to share with their community!
Indoor vending spaces are full. There are still outdoor spaces available. If you want to be listed in the program and promotional materials, register now!
We can’t wait to welcome you all to the event!
We’ll be working on the schedule soon, but here are a few of the workshops you can expect to see at SMPPD this year:
Ancient Art of Midwifery in Modern Times – Jamie Driggers
Inside the Sacred Grove: An Introduction to Druidry – Snowhawke
Elements of Natural Ritual: Working with the Powers of Nature – Snowhawke
Energy Raising, Movement, and Use – Keri Stratton-Alley
Finding Your Archetype – Morgan Jones and Michele Cheung
Asatru 101: An Overview of Heathen/Norse Myths, Goddesses and Gods, Runes, Holy Days and Practices – Janine Marie
The Nine Noble Virtues: Values of the Modern Heathen – Janine Marie
Meditative Movement – Joie Grandbois
Animal Totems – Lorelei Greenwood-Jones
Prosperity Ritual – Lorelei Greenwood-Jones
We still have room for a few more workshops before we finalize the schedule. Please submit your proposal ASAP if you’d like to present at this year’s event. We have a really diverse line-up so far, and that’s very exciting!
Our online auction fundraiser is LIVE! There are lots of fabulous items valued anywhere from $7 to $250 with low starting bids! There’s something for every one and every budget. Bids close Friday at midnight, so don’t waste any time! Click it, share it, and bid, baby, bid!!!
There are a number of items with NO bids. Starting bids are less than 50% of the value of the items, so you could pick up some sweet stuff for very little dough!
Very soon, an online auction will be up and running! Many items of interest will be featured for bidding including a Yamaha keyboard, crystals, a custom-made broom, a cloak, and much more.
The purpose of this auction is to raise funds to pay for the site on which Southern Maine Pagan Pride Day happens, plus other expenses.
Thank you for your interest, and have fun bidding!
Welcome to our site!
If you are arriving at this page and don’t know what a Pagan is, we’ll invite you to start here. If you are interested in Pagan resources in Maine, we invite you to check out the EarthTides Pagan Network and the Maine Pagan Clergy Association, among other groups.
If you are interested in vending, performing, or putting on a workshop at this event, please be patient for a few more days while we get our email links in place!