Panfest was a success
- Ok first the conflict of interest notice, I am on the board of Pan
Fest, so that in no way will influence what I say or make me
It was great weekend, whenever it was overcast or rained for a bit it
cleared up with the return of the Sun God. Attendance was excellent
with around 100 folks including babes in arms, or at least strollers.
Lots of kids this year, and grown up kids too.
Folks came from BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Hawaii! There was a
small but very active and attractive merchant area, with robes,
jewlery and stones, wood sacred objects (the folks form Hawaii via
Calgary). And according to the merfchants that did show up business
was brisk and good.
From Alberta we had folks from Calgary, Edmonton, Cochrane,and Whitecourt.
Workshops and rituals this year were spaced out well so people had
lots of time for relaxation, swimming etc. Worshops were well timed,
though of course not always to everyone's satisfaction, that is
someone will always want to be in two places at once....but ya gotta
make a choice sometimes. And they were all well attended as were the
Aphrodite's Temple was a great attraction especially since we had our
first public handfasting at PanFest.
Drumming and chanting were encouraged, workshoped and the drums
thumped into the night around the fire. Filksinging was heard through
out the weekend.
Did I mention the food, it was great...I am still full.
Again it was an excellent mix of traditions from many paths, with the
majority in attendance being eclectic, solitary, or new to the pagan
path. We even had heathens and goths dancing with druids of both orders.
It was great time. And the participation is growing. Truly the premier
prairie pagan festival, don't miss it next year ( ok that was a
shameless plug, but I am in charge of PR after all).
But don't just go by this report ask your friends who went what they