Central North Carolina Pagan Pride Days are being held at the NC State Fairgrounds Gate 5 on the 17th and 18th of this month.
The entry price for the event is a donation of one non perishable food item per day; which is being collected at the front gate. All donations are being collected and delivered to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.
This event attracts over 2000 people to the Raleigh area and brings together liked minded people to share information and fellowship. There are raffles and auctions to take part in as well as several workshops available.
The workshops are offered free, with the materials being donated by the workshop leaders. I personally know two of the presenters and highly recommend visiting two in particular. Mojo Bags: Incorporating Hoodoo Tradition into a Pagan Path with Sister Sarah. I’ve worked with Sister Sarah on several projects and have had the pleasure of attending one of her classes in the past. She is a certified root worker and teacher.
The next class I would recommend is Potions, Lotions and Notions with Kay Soto. Kay is the Owner and Operator of Truely Unique in Wilson NC. I have attended several of her classes. As a third generation herbalist, Kay offers a fantastic knowledge of herbs. In her store she has over 350 herbs at her disposal and uses them daily for cooking, lotions and remedies. And I personally recommend her Fairy Tea. It’s amazing!
There is an amazing kids area available with activities as well as a Blood Mobile on site for a blood drive. And what would a festival be without entertainment. A schedule of events can be found here.
I’ve had the opportunity to hear one of these performers before. Cindy Rhodes aka Mermaid Morrigan is an awarding winning artist living here in NC and she is amazing.
I plan on attending this year and will report back with lots of photos and some feedback on just how wonderful it was.
Unlike many religious groups, Pagans generally are a very accepting group of people. Many LGBT families participate in their events. Pagan simply means country dweller and here in some parts of NC, that is quite a few of us. Pagans can be from many paths but are considered to be those that are non-Christian people. Some Pagans worship one God or Goddess and some worship many. Pagans do not want to convert you, they merely want to live in peace with their surroundings and practice their faiths without harassment.
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