FVGBPP is Alive and Well!

Hi Everyone,

As we approach the winter months, it is time to reflect on this year’s events and begin thinking about the next turn of the wheel. There have been a few changes made within our organization that we’d like to share with you.

First, it is with deep regret that we announce Amanda Line’s resignation as Event Coordinator. Amanda was one of the two founders of our organization, and her contribution has been nothing short of incredible. Amanda is stepping down to better balance her professional and personal life. We are incredibly grateful for all of the countless hours of hard work she has put into making Fox Valley Pagan Pride Day a success.

As a result, Mary Frampton will be taking over the leadership of our organization. Mary is the other founder of Fox Valley Pagan Pride Day and has also worked tirelessly to build us up to where we are right now. We are in very capable hands and we look forward to having an amazing 2017! Rounding out the organization are Andrea Covey, Tracie Wood and Mike Hoeppner. Feel free to contact any one of us with ideas or comments.

The second announcement is more of an administrative change. Fox Valley Pagan Pride Day, Inc., will be separating from the Pagan Pride Project national organization.The FVGBPP has always been a self-sufficient and self-directed organization. In light of recent struggles with National, we have decided our continued growth and ability to serve our community would be better served without this connection. Don’t worry – this is a positive change! This change gives us more flexibility in direction and purpose, as well as the freedom to focus on the needs of our community!

As part of this separation, we are looking at different options for restructuring our organization and will most likely form a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This may result in a name change, but our underlying purpose of serving the Fox Valley Pagan community will remain the same.

We fully intend to hold the next Spirit Fair in the spring of 2017; as details are worked out we will keep you posted. We are also planning on having our regular Pagan Pride Day event in late August, but this year we’ll be focusing more on the Pagan community itself and move away from “Paganism 101” workshops. Other exciting changes are in the works as well, so please make sure to check our website or Facebook page regularly because we will provide details as soon as we can. Trust us, it’s going to be epic!

So, to wrap things up, we are undergoing some leadership and structural changes, but other than that it’s business as usual and we look forward to seeing everyone in March and August.

We have a strong Pagan community here in the valley, so let’s tap into this strength and make 2017 the best year yet! If you want to make a difference and show your support, here’s how you can contribute:

  • Volunteer to be a coordinator (or just a regular ‘tell me how I can help’ volunteer)
  • Share your ideas for workshops; i.e. what would you like to learn more about
  • If you’re knowledgeable in a particular area and would like to teach a workshop, let us know!
  • Tell everyone you know to come and have fun at our events
  • Donations and sponsorship are always welcome

Thank you for your time – blessed be!

The Fox Valley/Green Bay Pagan Pride CANCELLED for 2016

Important Announcement

It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Fox Valley/Green Bay Pagan Pride Day. At this point, we plan to continue and hold an event in 2017 but it will depend on many factors. The Spirit Fair fundraiser held in the spring is still on the schedule. There has been much talk about the desire and need for a Pagan Pride in this region but in many cases the involvement by the community hasn’t been at the level it needs to be for an event of this size. The mission of Pagan Pride Day is to educate the populace and make our minority status presence known. Perhaps this mission is not viewed as necessary in our area, which would explain the community response. Perhaps this event needs to evolve into something else. This is a topic which we will welcome discussion on later. For now, there will be no Fox Valley/Green Bay Pagan Pride Day event on August 27, 2016. We share in the disappointment but look with hope to the future. We’d like to thank the people that have helped, both this year and in the past, and look forward to exciting things in times to come.

Spirit Fair 2016 date is set!

SpiritFair - SignMark your calendars,  because it’s time once again for our annual Spirit Fair fundraiser!  This will be our 4th year putting on this event, and as usual we can’t wait!

When: March 5th, 2016, 9am – 2:30pm
Where: Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2600 E. Philip Lane – Appleton, WI 54915

Join us for a day of psychic readings, healing, shopping and free workshops!  We’ll be opening up registration for vendors & readers very soon!  This event is our largest fundraiser for the Fox Valley/Green Bay Pagan Pride.  It’s what makes it possible for us to bring the Pagan Pride Day to NE Wisconsin every year.  Not only do we have a fantastic array of wonderful vendors, readers and healers, but we also offer free workshops throughout the day (thanks to our many knowledgeable local peeps that graciously volunteer their time), have a 50/50 raffle, and have an incredible bake sale & lunch offering all by donation!  It’s also a great place to connect with the local Pagan and Pagan-friendly community.

Hope to see you there!

 

Web-flyer-2015Here we go!  It’s time to start shouting at the top of our lungs!  Can you believe it’s actually only 11 weeks until our 3rd annual Pagan Pride Day?  Yup, we chose a day a little closer to summer this year, in the hopes of warmer weather (hope I didn’t just jinx us there…).  We’ve got some awesome activities and entertainment lined up this year, along with our usual incredible Vendors, Readers and Workshop Presenters.  We’ll be making some exciting announcements throughout the next several weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

We are also open for Vendor & Information Booth registration!  Early bird vendor registration ends July 15th, 2015, so register soon to get the best deal!  (Information Booths are free of charge, as always).  We’ll be opening Reader/Healer registration in a couple weeks (just so no one thinks they missed it).  We’ll also be seeking workshop and teaching ritual presenters soon, so start gathering those ideas and help us educate our community on Paganism and all it’s facets 🙂

You can keep up with our event on Facebook by joining the FVGBPP Day 2015 FB Event Page, or check in here for updates as well.

MMRUPDATE 7/20:  Help us welcome Murphey’s Midnight Rounders as our guest Musicians!  There will be a FREE concert in the main Pavilion 6:30 – 8:30pm!  “There are plenty of fine bands out there, but something about Murphey’s Midnight Rounders just evokes some Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Those evergreen, singable songs of 70′s rock share some spark with Murphey’s Midnight Rounders. Or, as Brad says, “Sometimes we’re cut from the same cloth as Peter, Paul and Mary. Sometimes we’re a cross between the Grateful Dead and the Andrews sisters.” With that visual in mind, Murphey’s comes across as honest, refreshing and magickal.”

Fox Valley/Green Bay Pagan Pride’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser!

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  • When: Saturday, March 7th, 2015  9am – 2:30pm
  • Where: Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton WI
  • Why: To raise funds for the FVGB Pagan Pride Day!

logo-highdefCome out for a fun day of psychic readings, healing, shopping and free workshops!  We’ve got tarot card readers, mediums, and pendulum work coming to help you find your spiritual path, along with lots of wonderful vendors selling their wares to benefit a great project!  There will be free workshops throughout the event to educate yourself on various spiritual and Pagan topics, along with a bake sale.  We hope you can join us!

 

What’s New in 2015:

  • We will be offering lunch items as part of our bake sale, served 11am – 1pm!  These will also be by donation, just like the bake sale items.
  • 50/50 Raffle (Tickets will be $1 each.  Winner will be drawn at the end of the event gets half of the money made in the raffle.  The other half goes to the FVGBPP.  (Do not need to be present to win.  FVGBPP Coordinators, Volunteers and their immediate families may not participate).

Click here for information on vendors, readers, workshops and other activities!

A Cold, but Great Day!

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Robin from the Oshkosh Rhythm Institute conducting a teaching drum circle. Many wonderful rhythms resonated from this space.

Our 2nd Annual Pagan Pride Day has come and gone.  Although the weather was less than stellar this year, we still had a great turn-out! Many thanks to everyone that came forward, not only in attendance, but to help make this event an awesome and fun day for many 🙂

We’re already looking into possible dates & reservations for next year.  We would really like to utilize Jefferson Park again, what a wonderful facility and location!  The City of Menasha was very accommodating and we hope to continue the relationship with them next year. **UPDATE** We have spoken with the City of Menasha and have been able to once again reserve Jefferson Park, this time for Saturday, Aug. 29th, 2015!  We’re excited to be working with the City of Menasha again 🙂

And of course, we’ll be starting work on our Spirit Fair fundraiser that occurs every Spring, so keep your eyes peeled for information on that in the next few months!

Off into the quiet of winter.  May everyone have a blessed Winter season with lots of warmth and love 🙂

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Yup, we’re ready to rock & roll at Jefferson Park tomorrow at 10am!  The weather report is calling for rain showers mostly in the morning, then chance of shower in the afternoon.  In case there is any concern, we will definitely NOT be canceling the event for rain.  It would take a LOT more than some rain to keep these Pagans down!  We have large shelters rented, and the vendors have their own tents, so there is protection from the elements. 🙂

It is going to be a bit nippy (mid-40’s, hello Fall!), so be sure to dress accordingly.  We will be serving hot coffee, tea, cocoa and apple cider from the Main Information Booth.  Gotta keep our peeps toasty!

See everyone tomorrow!

FVGB Pagan Pride Day – October 4th, 2014 – Jefferson Park, Menasha

Our 2nd Annual Fox Valley/Green Bay Pagan Pride Day is just around the corner! We’ve got lots of fun and exciting things planned for everyone this year, including plenty of shopping, opportunities to connect with Spirit through any of our awesome Readers & Healers, henna tattoos, many workshops, rituals and more! We haven’t forgotten about the little ones, so returning this year is our Kids Activities area, where the wee ones can explore different facets of Paganism through arts, crafts and games.

We have a few new things for you this year as well! This year we will be holding a Raffle/Silent Auction with numerous items donated by our awesome vendors & readers. Also, Robin from the Oshkosh Rhythm Institute will be joining us for a day of hand drum instruction and drum circles. No need to bring your own drum, he will have some to share!happyhut

All this fun is gonna make you hungry, don’t you think? This year the Happy Hut will be with us to provide tasty morsels with a menu that will suit pretty much any pallet!

newhhAnd last but not least, our annual fundraiser will once again benefit the Harbor House of Appleton.  So bring those household supplies and let’s show them how awesome Pagans can be!  To find what kind of items they need, you can view the donation items list.

FVGBPP will be at Earthfest!

earthfestFor the second year, the Fox Valley/Green Bay Pagan Pride will be at Earthfest in Sheboygan – August 16th & 17th!  Stop by our booth to say hi, sign up for our mailing list, or get a Tarot card reading from Mary.  All funds raised from readings will be going to the FVGBPP!  Hope to see you there!

Welcome our new Coordinators!

P6280035.jpgThank you to everyone that has submitted Coordinator applications!  It’s been great to see such a response from the community! We’re excited to announce that we have 3 new Coordinators joining our team this year.

  • Tracie Sage Wood – Publicity Coordinator
  • Jennifer Metzenbauer – Volunteer Coordinator
  • Andrea Covey – Food Coordinator

We’re also pleased to announce that Kimi Johnson has opted to join us for another year as our Kids Activities Coordinator.

We still have 2 Coordinator positions left to fill: Security/Safety Coordinator & Donations/Charities Coordinator.  If you might be interested in taking on one of these positions this year, don’t hesitate to submit an application.  We’d love to hear from you!