Wednesday July 31 to Monday August 5, 2013
Welcome home to the Kaleidoscope Gathering!
The theme for this year's gathering is "Heroes." Heroines and Heros stride forth from the stories, legends and myths of our peoples. Their bold character expresses the virtues to strive for in our lives’ journeys, their hubris and tragedy teaches us and deepens our understanding of the human condition. The story of their spirits inflames our spiritualties. Each of us is on our own heroe’s journey in this life, where the lore of the Pagan past can become the roadmap for our Pagan present. ... oh, yeah, and there will be costumes! Huzzah!
Many amazing things are already being hatched. The Stag King and Trials of Artemis are festival traditions, as are the Rainbow Pride Parade and Third Gender rituals, and … of course ... the Bardic Competition. The Munchkinland Children's programming will be brimming with fun for the wee anklebiters. There will be concerts and a special main ritual. Be prepared to experience the "Hippodrome" (or any number of other shenanigans), shop on Diagon Alley, or speak your story to the "Chronicler." All that and we have not even gotten to the vast plethora of workshops on a bewildering array of fantastically interesting and fortuitously enlightening Pagan, Heathen, Magickal and esoteric spiritual paths and traditions! Check back often, because there is lots and lots still to be announced!
We would love to receive your offers to hold workshops. However, our Workshop Webform won’t be available for submissions until May 2013. But, get your Phrygian caps on now and get those ideas percolating. (Remember: Volunteers run everything at this festival. Hail the Volunteers!)
The festival will be held at a large private Pagan / Heathen operated campground, Raven's Knoll, that is closed for KG. This amazing place has a great beach (clothing required), a private clothing optional pond, numerous water taps, and drive up campsites that are level and rock free. There is no bathing in the river but there is a comfort station with multiple showers and laundry facilities, and numerous porta-potties. Consider coming early for “AnticiFest” to camp and relax before the Festival, or stay after, the festival for regular camping at Raven's Knoll. Also, there are no pets allowed, except medical service animals (and unicorns), without express prior permission.
If you have any questions, concerns or kudos, you can speak with Maryanne "MA" Pearce or Austin "Auz" Lawrence and if we cannot answer your question immediately, we will find an answer for you.
We look forward to seeing you at the 24th Kaleidoscope Gathering in the Summer of 2013 at Raven's Knoll for a celebration of the season and our community.
In frith with bright blessings, all my relations,
MA and Auz and the staff of the Kaleidoscope Gathering
P.S. WWBD? (What would Boudica do?)