Beltaine 2009 Maypole, photo by John
Beltaine: A Pagan Odyssey Festival
"THE FESTIVAL THAT COMMUNITY BUILT"
Pagan Odyssey 2014 will be held May 9th-11th at Schreiberís Farm in Oxford, Connecticut. It is held on 400 private acres of scenic rural farmland and woodlands of the Naugatuck River Valley, just down the road from Southford Falls State Park. It as also conveniently located near a major highway, stores and ATMs within easy driving distance, and a quality hotel is less than 2 miles away. Camping is permitted, and encouraged so that attendees do not miss any part of the festival, which has been described by many as a true experience.
Beltaine: A Pagan Odyssey, is Connecticutís oldest Pagan festival, and it is hosted by the Panthean Temple, which was founded in 1995. This festival is educational, spiritual and a chance to experience community at its finest. Although the event is hosted by the Panthean Temple, the festival is purely community driven; our guest speakers, volunteers and participants come from many local temples, organizations, and covens throughout Connecticut, the Northeast and beyond! We bring together people from many varying traditions within the Wiccan, Pagan, and Earth-Based spiritual communities. The community at large makes this huge festival possible for our small temple and your participation is welcomed.
Beltaine is a celebration the arrival of the summer months, also known as May Day. We celebrate with a bonfire, all night drumming, ceremonies and a Maypole dance. There will also be hay rides, vendors, readers and healers. There will be teachers, leaders and elders in attendance for lectures, hands on workshops and classes. Concerts are also planned for 2014.
WE ARE LISTED IN
To bring a 30 ft ribbon for the Maypole (yes, our Maypoles are at least 20 feet tall!). Be sure to also bring masks, costumes and musical instruments for our Mummer's Parade! And as always of course, don't forget your DRUMS!
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
After expenses, and a portion kept aside for next year's festival, all proceeds will go into our Land Fund. It is our hope that we can build this festival into such a success that it will enable us to purchase land and a building. Please consider becoming a sponsor of our Beltaine Festival.
PLEASE BRING ITEMS AND GIFT BASKETS FOR OUR LAND FUND RAFFLE!
Drummers and musicians 2006
OUR EVENTS are as follows;
SITE OPENS AT 2pm FOR SET-UP!
Campers, merchants and readers can set up.
Afterwards there will be a drumming circle lasting well into the wee hours.
Fire raising ceremony 2009, photo by Jenna Greene
There are various classes and workshops scheduled for today starting at 9 am. The drumming, vending, and reading will continue throughout the weekend.
The Hayride 2006
The farm has provided us the grand tour via the hayride at 12 noon and 2 pm, and you'll even get a chance to feed the cows. (Yes, this is a real farm!) Children's activities too!
The Beltaine Circle begins at 4:00 pm.
Maypole Dance 2006
Maypole Dance to directly follow, so don't forget your 30 ft long ribbon!
Our musicians have graciously agreed to play while we dance!
Concerts: Joseph FireCrow, Shaman Starseed
Afterwards, have a blast afterwards at our Drum Circle as we play into the wee hours.
The festivities, workshops and classes continue.
Festival ends at 3:00 pm.
We really, really need volunteers to help clean up and pack.
VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE FREE ADMISSION
MUST STAY UNTIL WE ARE DONE!
Site completely closes at 6:00 pm.
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