A look back at CNYPPD 2016
September 17, 2016 – 17th Annual Pagan Pride Day
2016 PPD design by Jesseca Trainham. You can purchase a t-shirt or hoodie at the event!
The 17th annual Pagan Pride Day celebration will be held once again at Long Branch Park in Onondaga County.
The Central New York Pagan Pride Project’s Autumn Equinox Festival is the local observance of Pagan Pride Day for Syracuse, NY and the surrounding area.
The Pagan Pride Project is organized around three goals:
- Public ritual:
A public gathering where Pagans can network with each other and celebrate an Autumn Equinox ritual.
- Food drive:
A food drive (or other charitable activity) to share our abundant harvest with others in need, and to make a clear statement to those who have misconceptions about Paganism. We know that our ethics, based on concern for ecology, personal responsibility, and individual freedom, mean that we feel strongly called to actions of social responsibility. It is important for us to highlight our similarity to other religions in that regard.
- Press releases:
Press releases and media coverage of our events in order to present the truth about Paganism to our communities, refute common misconceptions, and draw political attention to Paganism in order to try to prevent legislative discrimination against Pagans.
Admission is Free!
We do, however, request your donation of a non-perishable food item, which in turn will be donated to The Food Bank of Central New York.
We’re pleased to announce Sofeya and the Puffins will be joining us. Their music includes original sounds of spirit songs and singer/songwriter lyrical harmonies with the three voices of Sofeya Puffins, Papa Dave Gill, and Jamal Sawab. A hybrid fusion of genres: from gypsy and punk rock; to bluegrass and soulful blues; insightful indie folk to dancing swinging reggae.
We are happy to announce the return of Arethusa. The Father & Son strolling musicians perform on a good many instruments for music of the Renaissance, Victorian, World Music, Celtic, Jazz Improv and more!
More music for your listening pleasure! We’re happy to announce Green Mistletoe will be playing at our festival. Green Mistletoe is a pagan folk band of two musicians Brian Waters and Jesseca Trainham from Oswego, NY. They perform a unique style of occultic music influenced by various hearth cultures, witchcraft, animistic beliefs and personal spiritual experiences.
We’re happy to announce Rhiannon’s Lark will be joining us! Rhiannon’s Lark is a solo music project created by Alyssa Yeager (sensual vocals, growly guitar, candy-coated ukulele) to express the reality of life as a geek, goddess, and girl. Alyssa is known for her “magickal, mystical storytelling”. She brings fantasy, morality, and t-rexes together into a show that will comfort your ears, get you laughing, and possibly even <gasp!> make you think.
Last but not least, Lynn & Will Rowan grew up deeply immersed in the folk traditions of New England and the British Isles. As teenagers and adults, the two went further to study folk traditions around the world and began writing new arrangements of old songs as well as composing new ones in the old tradition. They are prolific writers of Pagan, Heathen, and folk music, having published two books of heathen music and the 2015 CD Sing the Sun’s Return: Wassails and Carols for Yuletide.
Dancing the Divine Feminine with Adi Shakti Dance Company (w/honored guest, Jill Parker)
An eclectic bellydance (and who knows what else) performance with time to dance together with our beloved Pagan Pride friends at the end
Mapping Her Memory: Seeking the Goddesses of Wales with Jhenah Telyndru
Embark upon a virtual pilgrimage through ancient sites in Wales as we seek out the Goddesses of the Mabinogi in the sacred landscape. Drawing upon decades of retracing the paths that legends have carved into the land, this presentation will explore the archaeological, historical, and folkloric contexts of mythic places and real-world sites associated with the Ladies of the Mabinogi, We will discuss the power of pilgrimage, and share journeying tools which can help to initiate or deepen relationships with powerful British Goddesses including Rhiannon, Branwen, Arianrhod, Blodeuwedd, and Ceridwen.
The Secret of trees with Arielle Wolter
Learn how each tree has its own voice personality and most importantly how you can talk to them. Trees are one of the most deeply rooted plants of the earth. Some are old, some are young but all have an awareness beyond what the physical eyes can see. Come and explore the wisdom of the wise oak or enjoy the light hearted feeling of an apple tree. Please note this workshop is taught for a further or introductory to plant spirit herbalism or communication and empathy for nature spirits.
Beginners Herbal Workshop with Cheyenne Mayotte
Always been interested in herbs but don’t know where to start? Are you an old friend to plant-folk but need a little refresher course? A fan favorite of CNY Pagan Pride is back! Come join me for a fun time delving into the magic of herbs! This fun and easy course offers tips and tricks on collecting, storing, and using herbs and spices in your magical life! We’ll go over some of the basics of several different herbs commonly used in magic, their properties, and practical uses. Participants will be able to make a free bag of Energy Tea to take home and enjoy!
Sound and Song as Instruments of Religion and Ritual with Sierra Jade Fox
From Shiva’s drum of creation to chakra activation and ritual song, sound and music have been pivotal in the religious practices and beliefs of virtually every spiritual path. Through it, humans have asked the help of the Gods to keep the rhythm of the universe flowing, given beauty and life to sacred texts and magical words, and put themselves in a meditative, spiritually/musically attuned state to allow the magic of the universe to flow through them. In this workshop, we will explore the role of music and sound among a selection of religious and spiritual contexts, and engage in some simple chant work as a group.
Intro to Old World Granny Magick with Sandy Caswell
When the self-sufficient, pragmatic people from the mountains of Scotland, Ireland and Wales began immigrating to America in the 1700’s, their healers, prophets and spiritual intermediaries were called Wise Women, Granny Women and Granny Witches. Grannies were responsible for the physical and spiritual health of their clans. Relying heavily on common sense and herbal medicine, they prayed & chanted, made lotions and potions, charms and spells, birthed, healed and buried their people. With tarot cards and dice they divined the future and the hidden truth of personal and clan matters. They left offerings for the spirits of the land. Over the centuries, the wisdom and work of the Grannies has passed from woman to woman; and today, they continue to offer advice, healing and all manner of service as needed. Granny’s magic is a pragmatic practice, neither good nor bad, for she does what is necessary for the good of her people and assumes personal responsibility for the consequences of her actions.
What the Heck is a Pagan? with Ginger Johnson
An overview of neopagan beliefs, some history and discussion of the commonalities and diversity found within modern paganism, and some contrasts with mainstream faiths
Heathen Ritual Music with Will & Lynn Rowan
According to Adam of Bremen, the temple at old Uppsala was filled with song during sacrificial rites. The ancient songs of our ancestors are lost to us now, and it is up to the new generation of Heathens to create new songs for our rituals. Chase Hill Folk has taken up this challenge heartily, creating a practice of singing songs for the turning of the year and for the various Gods, Ancestors, and other Wights that we worship. In this participatory singing workshop, Lynn and Will Rowan will teach a selection of music from Chase Hill Folk’s musical tradition as well as music from Northern European folk culture that Chase Hill has adopted.
Children’s Activities at Fairy Hollow
10:00 Nature Hike
11:00 Cornucopia Arts&Crafts Activity
12:00 Pre-ritual Family Friendly Briefing*
2:00 Native American Animal Tales
3:00 Trash Contest
Nature Hike – We will again take our annual hike along the parks path and explore the sights nature has to offer.
Cornucopia Art&Crafts – This is for children of all ages and skills. The Cornucopia is a symbol of the harvest and of abundance. Come join us and help decorate our Food Bank collection boxes with our own creations and artistic renditions of the cornucopia. Arts and crafts supplies available from pre-printed pages to color for the little one to the blank page for the truly artistic.
*There will be a briefing for those family members who are taking part in the main ritual. The main ritual is FAMILY FOCUSED this year and led by members of Church of the Greenwood. If you want to know a bit about the intention of the ritual, you’re welcome to listen in.
Seeker’s Circle Interactive Native Entertainment for Children Animal Tales – The Natives used animal stories as entertainment and tools for teaching life lessons. Pictures, pelts and toy stuffed animals enhance the stories.
About Seeker: Seeker believes that non-indigenous people are being called by Great Spirit to walk the Good Red Road with the Natives; to understand the ways of the elders and to teach the children to act responsible; ever keeping in mind the effects of our choices for the next seven generations.
Annual Trash Contest again will be held for children between the ages of 3-13(ish) to encourage recycling and personal responsibility and to help keep our parks clean. Prizes for first, second and third places for most amount of trash collected.
2 Chicks Tie Dye Tie dye apparel: T-shirts, sweatshirts, scarves, skirts, etc…
A Touch of Glass…and then some Stained glass, fused glass, aromatherapy herbal heat/cold bags, flags and banners, buttons and magnets
Ann Pandian Angel Tarot card readings and handmade crystal jewelry
Arden’s Artistry Handmade flower and mermaid crowns, polymer clay jewelry, fairie doors, and sculptures
AZ Stained Glass Unique stained glass pagan panels and art pieces
Blue Sky Creations Handmade pouches, shawls, spell kits and so much more
Carvel Dewitt Ice cream
Chakrabus Chakra testing, cleansing and balancing, 10 min reiki treatments, handmade stone carvings, crystals and fair dolls, jewelry
Colleen’s Creative Outlet Upcycled clothing, adult play clothes that are 100% recycled materials, sweater coats, t-shirt dresses, fingerless gloves, jackets
Creations by Cloe Handcrafted jewelry and art (mosaics, paintings, tiles)
Crescent Moon Studio Handcrafted gemstone jewelry, sage, feathers, pyramids, wands, incense, leather journals, Goddess figurines, etc.
Daisy Hollow Farm Handmade, all natural soaps, lip balms, lotions, salves, deodorants and sunscreens, organic granola, needle felted products 100% wool
Daughter of Gaia Creations Custom signs, decals, glassware, home decor and more
Distant Whispers Medium, chakra jewelry, natural gem stones and more
Dragoneye Creations All natural candles and body products. Candles made using soy, beeswax and essential oils
Earthbound Metaphysical Shoppe Sage, crystals, jewelry, soaps, Santeria
Espirits Treasures Handmade candles and jewelry
Gwen’s Grill Mac and cheese, greens, bbq chicken, pork ribs, and more
Hand Candy Whimsical upcycled clothing and accessories
Hathaway’s Elemental Light Gemstones, wands, wire wrapped stone jewelry, tumbled stones, smudge kits, soaps, essential oils, dowsing rods, pendulums, more
The Henna Boutique Henna temporary body art and hair wraps
Hill Woman Productions Herbs, oils, incense, herb and gardening books, more
Idle Hands Gift Shop Handmade soaps and jewelry
Isle of Misfit Witches Pagan crafts, walking sticks, wands and canes
It Works Independent Distributor Health and wellness products, original “body wrap and greens”. Body wraps are for skin tightening and toning.
JD Jewelry Tumbled stones, jewelry, minerals, rune sets
K3Artistry Wood burned items, bracelets, tree of life suncatchers, sea shell and tea cup candles and doily dream catchers
Lorelei’s Lair Here there be dragons and more. Unique handcrafted gifts and embroidered specialty items
Luna’s Creations Herbs, teas, books, crystals
Maggie Heart Reader/healer
Magpie Custom Creations Custom sewn clothing, toys, upcycled jewelry, chain mail, dichroic glass, embroidery
Mahogany’s Handcrafts & Gifts Candles, handcrafted smudge tools, incense, marble giftware, tea, sarongs, handcrafted lap quilts
Magical C’s A fun and random assortment of mystical inspired goods such as: Jewelry, teas, crafts and more!
Majicalities Cloaks, clothing and assorted pagan items
Marj Made Handcrafted items
mb… Jewelry – earrings, necklaces, bracelets, zodiac, wax sprinkles, apparel
The Metaphysical Cat All natural tarot candles, chakra candles, wheel of hte year candles, tarot, jewelry, shadow boxes, tarot switchplates
Moon Dancer Wares Cloth creations, handmade altar cloths, bags, hats, stuffed witches
Moonlit Alternatives Handcrafted woodburning, glass etching, besoms, bags, custom work, wire and bead tree of life
Moonwater Falls Homemade crafts and Reiki healings
Morgan’s Mystic Impressions Spiritual psychic readings and Henna tattoos
Mystic Sage Handmade items and artwork inspired by nature, mythology, fantasy and more
NYS Curio Box Antiques, collectibles, handmades, stones and minerals
One Cut at a Time Scroll saw wood projects
Owl’s Flight Jewelry Handmade jewelry, fold and fairy houses, books, more
Retail Therapy Fashions Novelty, biker, chain, bangles, and charm snap jewelry
Ridge Valley Original Gems Minerals, gemstone carvings, gemstone jewelry, pewter figurines and much more
Sage Thyme Jewelry & Design Natural gemstone jewelry, chakra meditation wands, chakra jewelry, talismans and charms, Goddess journals, indoor fairy houses
Shattuck’s Paddy Wagon Falafel, tots and wraps, Salisbury sliders, Sriracha tots, tenders, etc.
Sims Homestead Handcrafted jewelry, woodworking, handfasting and altar cloths, household items: firestarters, draft dodgers, aprons
Sit and Whine Creations Glass decor and woodworking
Stacy’s Stuff Whimsical glass sculptures and functional pieces, fused glass jewelry and molded glass charms
Sue C Strings Hand woven / Handcrafted jewelry, hand sewn hand warmers
The TePee Sage, sweetgrass, t-shirts, drums, crystal pendulums, jewelry
Sweet Kaos Fresh squeezed lemonades, funnel cakes, chips, candy
Triple Moon Tarot Tarot reader/psychic
Web Path Center The Web’s pagan yard sale – a little of this, a little of that.
Winter Moon Textile, linens, quilts, books, woodworking, paintings, drawings, sculptures,masks, ornaments
The Wizard Within the Wood Wood carving, leather gear, smithing, photo and jewelry
More vendors to be announced soon!
If you’d like to be a 2016 vendor, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No event of this size could ever happen without the dedicated efforts
of some truly wonderful volunteers. CNY Pagan Pride owes its very
existence to the following folks.
Dawn Esmerelda Buchanan
Todd “The Toad” Johnson
To learn about advertising opportunities in our program or our new annual sponsorship plans, click here.
CNY Pagan Pride Day / Autumn Equinox Festival is a mission of the Church of the Greenwood. You can help support CNYPPD by making a tax deductible contribution to the Church of the Greenwood.
The Church of the Greenwood is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.