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Paganicon Promotions  
Promotions for the 2011 Paganicon can be viewed here, but it's time to start collecting promotions for an all new Paganicon!

(Aug 17, 2011)

What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park , MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/

PAGANICON 2012

Registration is open for Paganicon March 16-18, 2012, we’ve got two special guests lined up, and plans for a Saturday night ball. We’re also going to have an outdoor Pagan Pride celebration at Minnehaha Falls Park , September 10th, 2011 from 10am to 6pm

Early registration for Paganicon 2012 is only $50 until September 12th, 2011 (the Monday after our Pagan Pride event) This year, attendance is capped at 350. You can register now at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

Christopher Penzack will be the guest of honor at Paganicon 2012. Christopher was the top guest suggestion on our surveys from 2011. If you’ve been in a metaphysical book store, you’ve probably seen his books. He’s currently one of the top Pagan authors. Christopher has penned over fifteen books on spirituality, witchcraft, healing and magick and has won multiple awards, most notably from the Coalition of Visionary Resources.

SJ Tucker will be the special musical guest. Sooj has quite a following in this area, having played concerts here to much acclaim.

We are very excited to have such exciting guests. You can read more about them at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/guests-of-honor

Paganicon 2012 will move to a better location in the hotel, providing easier access to all the con activities, and allowing us to increase the attendance cap to 350. The new location will have the hospitality suites on the same level, so people don’t have to go upstairs to get to the suites.

Hospitality Suites are available. There are already plans based on last year's feedback to improve the official con-suite (we paid a lot of attention to the feedback forms), and we have also reserved the other 8 suites in that area for people to host their own hospitality suite. If you are interested in hosting a hospitality suite at Paganicon, check out our website at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/hospitality-suites for more information and then email us at info@tcpaganpride.org to apply. Please note that hospitality suites must be hosted by a registered Paganicon attendee.

We’ve also opened up for advertising in program guide and sponsorships. Learn more at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/sponsorship-and-advertising

Vendor registration for Paganicon 2012 will open after the Sept 10th Twin Cities Pagan Pride celebration.

We will also be having a Saturday night Paganicon Ball (unofficially known as the Paganstravaganzaravepaloozapartyball!!!) There will be more information about that available after the Sept 10th Twin Cities Pagan Pride celebration.

TWIN CITIES PAGAN PRIDE


Speaking of the Sept 10th Twin Cities Pagan Pride celebration, This year we’re moving to a one day celebration, September 10th, 2011 from 10am to 6pm, at Minnehaha Falls Park. We’re very excited to be in Minnehaha Falls Park . It’s a beautiful location with a stage for entertainment.

There’s lots of great entertainment lined up; Celia, Murphey's Midnight Rounders, Beth Kinderman, Folk Magic, Future Lisa, and Aillinn the Bard. There will also be vendors, workshops, and fun for the whole family. If you have a programming or ritual proposal, please submit it to programming@tcpaganpride.org.

We are still accepting vendors for the Pagan Pride festival. You can register at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganpride/event-vendors/

We always need more volunteers. If you would like to be a part of making these events happen, please contact us at info@tcpaganpride.org

http://tcpaganpride.org/paganpride/program-information/
Learn more about the Sept 10th Twin Cities Pagan Pride celebration at: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganpride/
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(November 16, 2011)

What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park , MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/

Please join us next Sunday, November 20, from 1-3pm at the Eye of Horus for a Paganicon Programming and Volunteer meeting. If you are interested in being a part of Paganicon, this is a great opportunity to get involved. If you would like to participate in the organizing of this event, but are unable to attend, please contact: Volunteers@tcpaganpride.org

If you are interested in presenting a workshop, ritual, or other event at Paganicon, please contact: Programming@tcpaganpride.org

Hospitality suites are still available. This year, the con has reserved the entire bank of suites, so it will be much easier for groups, and attendees. If you’re interested in hosting a suite, please check out: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/hospitality-suites

It should be a great year with honored guests Christopher Penczack and S.J. Tucker, as well as many great programming options. If you have not yet registered, you can do so at: http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

We look forward to seeing you at Paganicon
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(December 21, 2011)

What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/


Blessed Yule! Which means it’s only three months to Paganicon, the Twin Cities’ Pagan conference, by Pagans for Pagans.

REGISTRATION
Pre-registration is currently $65, but will close on February 23rd at which point it's $80 at the door, first come, first served. If you have not yet registered, you can do so at: http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/ .

PROGRAMMING
If you are interested in presenting a workshop, ritual, or other event at Paganicon, please visit http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/programming . You'll find forms for ideas and proposals. The deadline for proposals is January 14th, and presenters must be registered as attendees. Please e-mail programming@tcpaganpride.org with any questions.

HOTEL SPACE
Paganicon 2012 will move to a better location in the hotel, providing easier access to all the con activities, and allowing us to increase the attendance cap to 350. The new location will have the hospitality suites on the same level, so people don’t have to go upstairs to get to the suites.

Hospitality suites are still available. This year, the con has reserved the entire bank of suites, so it will be much easier for groups, and attendees. If you’re interested in hosting a suite, please check out: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/hospitality-suites and then email us at info@tcpaganpride.org to apply. Please note that hospitality suites must be hosted by a registered Paganicon attendee.

VOLUNTEERS
If you’d like to be a part of the force making Paganicon happen, please email volunteers@tcpaganpride.org.

COMMERCE
Advertising is available in the program guide as well as sponsorships. Learn more at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/sponsorship-and-advertising .

Vendor registrations for Paganicon 2012 are also being accepted at http://paganiconvendor.eventbrite.com/

GUESTS OF HONOR
It should be a great year with honored guests Christopher Penczak and S.J. Tucker, as well as many great programming options and the Saturday night ball.

Christopher Penczak will be the guest of honor at Paganicon 2012. Christopher was the top guest suggestion on our surveys from 2011. If you’ve been in a metaphysical book store, you’ve probably seen his books. He’s currently one of the top Pagan authors. Christopher has penned over fifteen books on spirituality, witchcraft, healing, and magick, and has won multiple awards, most notably from the Coalition of Visionary Resources.

S.J. Tucker will be the special musical guest. Sooj has quite a following in this area, having played concerts here to much acclaim.

We are very excited to have such exciting guests. You can read more about them at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/guests-of-honor

PAGANICON BALL
We’re particularly excited about the Saturday night Paganicon Ball (unofficially known as the Paganstravaganzaravepaloozapartyball!!!) Paganicon registrants can attend for no additional charge. This particular event is also open to non-registrants for only $15. Musical entertainment at the ball will be S.J. Tucker and DJ Silverwolf Williams.

SEE YOU THERE
This year, Paganicon attendance is capped at 350. If you have not yet registered, please do so soon at: http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

We look forward to seeing you at Paganicon!
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(January 4, 2012)

Subject Line: Plan to attend Paganicon


Greetings beautiful you,

Now that we've made it into the new year, it's time to focus on the major upcoming events of 2012. One of the true high-points of the year will undoubtedly be Paganicon, March 16-18.

There are a few deadlines you might want to work into your plans

January 14th is the deadline for programming proposals. If you are interested in presenting a workshop, ritual, or other event at Paganicon, please visit http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/programming. You'll find forms for ideas and proposals. Please e-mail programming@tcpaganpride.org with any questions. Presenters must be registered attendees.

February 23rd is the deadline for early registration. Before February 23rd, you can register for $65 at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/. After that, registration is $80 at the door, and there are likely to be special perks and treats for people who pre-register.

The special con-rate for hotel guests is only available through the close of early registration. http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/M/MSPPHDT-PAG-20120316/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Official Con-suites are only available through the close of early registration. This year we have booked a block of suites on the same level as the con, so it will be much easier for attendees to find and attend the different hospitality suites, and easier for attendees to arrange their hospitality suites through the con. (these are what most cons refer to as Party Rooms.) If you are interested, please check out: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/hospitality-suites and then email us at info@tcpaganpride.org to apply. Please note that hospitality suites must be hosted by a registered Paganicon attendee.

If you want to advertise in the programming guide, or be a sponsor, We'll need time to print the programming guide, so don't delay. Learn more at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/sponsorship-and-advertising

There is no registering at the door for vendors, so if you want to vend, you need to sign up soon. Vendor registrations for Paganicon 2012 are also being accepted at http://paganiconvendor.eventbrite.com/

Just a note about the success of last year's Paganicon, Our guest of honor was so beloved, that there was a movement to bring him back. John Michael Greer will be presenting a weekend intensive at the Eye of Horus, January 27-29, entitled: Ceremonial Magic for Pagans. This isn't a Paganicon event, but we all so loved John Michael Greer that we wanted to let you know. You can find details at: http://shop.eyeofhorus.biz/Ceremonial-Magic-for-Pagans-p/cls-jmg1.htm


What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/
Registration: $65 before February 23rd at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/ , $80 at the door

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(January 17, 2012)


Greetings beautiful you,

Paganicon is just two months away; March 16-18. Be sure to register at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

We could go on and on about how great Paganicon will be this year with honored guests Christopher Penczak and S.J. Tucker, a better location in the hotel, as well as the Paganicon Ball on Saturday night. However, the best advertisement for this year's Paganicon is last year's Paganicon. People really loved Paganicon last year. How much did people love it? Here are some of the comments:

"The only thing that I can honestly say was a drawback was time. There wasn't enough time in the day or time in the conference to talk to everyone and do everything. The entire weekend was packed full of interesting topics, wonderful people, and great company." Lina

"I enjoyed it more than I expected--and I expected to enjoy it a lot." Eli Effinger-Weintraub

"This was an amazing Con! If I didn't know better I would never have believed this was the first one." - Bee Powers

"It was really good. One of the people there said - and I agreed, generally speaking, that not only was this good for a first year, it was also good for a third year. The presenters and presentations were uniformly excellent." - Katie Berger Tremaine

"There ought to be something I can click that's more enthusiastic than 'like.' I had an amazing time at Paganicon, from John Michael Greer's opening talk to the many, many great workshops I attended, to the late night conversations at the poolside and in the suites like the PSG suite and the 'Cave.' I've been to a number of Pagan festivals, conventions, and other events, and this one was amazingly and professionally done. Can't wait for next year!" - Shauna Aura

"Stellar Programing" - Katie

"I had a few worries and everything I was worried about, you took care of. I've been very impressed." - Joseph of Magus

"Whenever there's a problem, there's someone from the convention right there to help with it."- Pat Taylor

"I can't tell you how impressed I am by this weekend. My only complaint is that it was an abundance of riches and I couldn't get to it all" - Anne Marie Forester

"This is a great event and it can only grow from here." - Beth Kinderman

Last year's guest of honor was so beloved, that there was a movement to bring him back. John Michael Greer will be presenting a weekend intensive at the Eye of Horus, January 27-29, entitled: Ceremonial Magic for Pagans. This isn't a Paganicon event, but we all so loved John Michael Greer that we wanted to let you know. You can find details at: http://shop.eyeofhorus.biz/Ceremonial-Magic-for-Pagans-p/cls-jmg1.htm

Here are some nice articles about last year's Paganicon:
http://facingnorth.net/Conferences/paganicon.html
http://ladylinasmagickalmusings.blogspot.com/2011/03/paganicon-2011_30.html
http://half-double.livejournal.com/245258.html
http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/paganicon-2011

This year should be even better, especially if we see you there.

What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/
Registration: $65 before February 23rd at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

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(February 4, 2012)

Subject Line: Paganicon: Better and Better

Greetings beautiful you,

Last year at this time, we were telling people about the dream of what Paganicon could be, then we had the first Paganicon and it was a dream come true. This year is all about making it even better.

Last year the con was a bit spread out. This year we're bringing everything together on one level, increasing ease of access for attendees, and allowing convenient areas for people to hang out and chat.

Last year we had a Saturday night concert. This year we're having a Saturday night Ball with special musical guest S.J. Tucker, as well as Murphy’s Midnight Rounders and DJ Silverwolf. Paganicon registrants can attend for no additional charge. This particular event is also open to non-registrants for only $15.

This year we have S.J. Tucker, a nationally known Pagan recording artist, who will be providing both entertainment and a workshop. http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/guests-of-honor

Last year, we had only a vague notion of people having guest run Hospitality Suites (what most cons refer to as Party Rooms). This year, we have booked an entire block of suites. http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/hospitality-suites

This year our guest of honor will be prolific author Christopher Penczak, with over a quarter million books in print, covering topics such as spirituality, witchcraft, healing, and magick. Christopher has won multiple awards, most notably from the Coalition of Visionary Resources.

Last year, the dream was for Paganicon to one day be a national Pagan conference, drawing Pagans from across the country to the Twin Cities. Then, we had guests from both coasts, and many points in between, with many expressing a desire to tell their friends and return.

For many years the dream was simply to have a Pagan conference in the Twin Cities, and now that dream is an established reality.

What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/
Registration: $65 before February 23rd at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

If you’ve read this far, please forward this to any Pagans you know.


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(February 7, 2012, this went out regionally, outside of Minnesota)

Subject Line: Paganicon in Minneapolis, March 16-18

What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in Minneapolis, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/

Greetings beautiful you,

It should be a great year with honored guests Christopher Penczak and S.J. Tucker, as well as many great programming options and the Saturday night ball.

REGISTRATION
This year, Paganicon attendance is capped at 350. Registration is only $65 before February 23rd at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

The special con-rate for hotel guests is only available through the close of early registration. http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/M/MSPPHDT-PAG-20120316/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

GUESTS OF HONOR

Christopher Penczak will be the guest of honor at Paganicon 2012. Christopher was the top guest suggestion on our surveys from 2011. If you’ve been in a metaphysical book store, you’ve probably seen his books. He’s currently one of the top Pagan authors. Christopher has over a quarter million books in print, covering topics such as spirituality, witchcraft, healing, and magick. Christopher has won multiple awards, most notably from the Coalition of Visionary Resources.

S.J. Tucker will be the special musical guest. Sooj is one of the top Pagan musicians touring today and has quite a following in the Twin Cities, having played concerts here to much acclaim.

You can read more about them at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/guests-of-honor

PAGANICON BALL
We’re particularly excited about the Saturday night Paganicon Ball. Paganicon registrants can attend for no additional charge. This particular event is also open to non-registrants for only $15. Musical entertainment at the ball will be S.J. Tucker, Murphy’s Midnight Rounders and DJ Silverwolf.

This year’s theme for the March 17th ball will be The All Snakes’ Ball. Guests are encouraged to come in costume and masquerade in their most fabulous attire. Before the Ball, Harmony Tribe (organizers of the Sacred Harvest Festival) will lead a snake themed ritual. The ball will be kicked off with a processional pageant facilitated by visionary artist Paul Rucker.

PROGRAMING
We’ve received many astounding programming submissions and will once again have four tracks of programming throughout the conference. The schedule is not yet set, but you can get a sneak peak at the programming submissions at http://paganicon2012.sched.org/ or http://paganicon2012.sched.org/mobile/

HOSPITALITY SUITES
If you or your group would like to sponsor a hospitality suite (this is what we are calling what other cons refer to as Party Rooms), the deadline is February 16. Details are available at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/hospitality-suites

WHY PAGANICON?
The Twin Cities Pagan Pride celebration was becoming more like a con, and less like Pagan Pride. Pagan Pride celebrations are generally one day events out in a place with plentiful walking traffic, allowing them to serve as outreach to the rest of the community, as well as a place where Pagans can openly celebrate. By contrast, our celebration was a two day event in a reserved building with multiple programming tracks. The most reasonable solution was to split the two and create the programming intensive Paganicon, and then have a separate Pagan Pride celebration.

Twin Cities Pagan Pride is now a one day event near one of Minneapolis’s most sacred sites, and Paganicon is a conference in a wonderful Pagan community.

The Minnesota Twin Cities area has such a substantial Pagan community that it has become known as Paganistan. It was from the term Paganistan that the name Paganicon emerged.

PAGANICON 2011
For years, people dreamed of a Pagan conference in the Twin Cities. Last year at this time, we were telling people about the dream of what Paganicon could be. Then we had the first Paganicon and it was a dream come true.

The best advertisement for this year's Paganicon is last year's Paganicon. People really loved Paganicon last year. How much did people love it? Here are some of the comments:

"The only thing that I can honestly say was a drawback was time. There wasn't enough time in the day or time in the conference to talk to everyone and do everything. The entire weekend was packed full of interesting topics, wonderful people, and great company." Lina

"I enjoyed it more than I expected--and I expected to enjoy it a lot." Eli Effinger-Weintraub

"This was an amazing Con! If I didn't know better I would never have believed this was the first one." - Bee Powers

"It was really good. One of the people there said - and I agreed, generally speaking, that not only was this good for a first year, it was also good for a third year. The presenters and presentations were uniformly excellent." - Katie Berger Tremaine

"There ought to be something I can click that's more enthusiastic than 'like.' I had an amazing time at Paganicon, from John Michael Greer's opening talk to the many, many great workshops I attended, to the late night conversations at the poolside and in the suites like the PSG suite and the 'Cave.' I've been to a number of Pagan festivals, conventions, and other events, and this one was amazingly and professionally done. Can't wait for next year!" - Shauna Aura

"Stellar Programing" - Katie

"I had a few worries and everything I was worried about, you took care of. I've been very impressed." - Joseph of Magus Books & Herbs

"Whenever there's a problem, there's someone from the convention right there to help with it."- Pat Taylor

"I can't tell you how impressed I am by this weekend. My only complaint is that it was an abundance of riches and I couldn't get to it all" - Anne Marie Forester

"This is a great event and it can only grow from here." - Beth Kinderman

Here are some nice articles about last year's Paganicon:
http://facingnorth.net/Conferences/paganicon.html
http://ladylinasmagickalmusings.blogspot.com/2011/03/paganicon-2011_30.html
http://half-double.livejournal.com/245258.html
http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/paganicon-2011

This year should be even better, especially if we see you there.

What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in Minneapolis, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/
Registration: $65 before February 23rd at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

If you’ve read this far, please forward this to any Pagans you know.


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(February 11, 2012)

Subject Line: Sign up for Paganicon

Paganicon has a few deadlines coming up.

If you or your group would like to sponsor a hospitality suite at Paganicon, the deadline is February 16. Details are available at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/hospitality-suites.

Registration is only $65 before February 23. After that, it goes up to $80. http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

If you plan to stay at the hotel during Paganicon, the special con-rate for hotel guests is only available through February 23. http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/M/MSPPHDT-PAG-20120316/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

If you are an author who will be attending, you can still sign up for a book-signing slot. To do so, please complete our online form by March 2. Book-signing slots include a table in a location with excellent walk-through traffic, and inclusion on the list of book-signing slots. (Please note you must be registered for the convention to be included on the schedule.) http://tcpaganpride.org/form/index.php?sid=35779&lang=en

What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/
Registration: $65 before February 23rd at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/
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(February 21, 2012)

Subject Line: Register today for Paganicon



Greetings beautiful you,

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Paganicon is less than a month away March 16-18, and now is the time to register at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

Registration is only $65 before this Thursday, February 23. After that, it goes up to $80.

If you plan to stay at the hotel during Paganicon, the special con-rate for hotel guests is only available through this Thursday, February 23. http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/M/MSPPHDT-PAG-20120316/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

If you would like to purchase advertising in the Paganicon programming book, the deadline is this Sunday, February 26. http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/sponsorship-and-advertising

If you are an author who will be attending, you can still sign up for a book-signing slot before next Friday, March 2. Book-signing slots include a table in a location with excellent walk-through traffic, and inclusion on the list of book-signing slots. (You must be registered for the convention to be included on the schedule.) http://tcpaganpride.org/form/index.php?sid=35779&lang=en

There is no registering at the door for vendors, so if you want to vend, you need to sign up now. Vendor registrations for Paganicon 2012 are also being accepted at http://paganiconvendor.eventbrite.com/


PAGANICON OVERVIEW

It is going to be a wonderful gathering. Let's explore what the weekend will be like in more detail.

This will be a programming intensive Conference. Our guest of honor, Christopher Penczak, will be presenting four workshops. Christopher has over a quarter million books in print, covering topics such as spirituality, witchcraft, healing, and magick. Christopher has won multiple awards, most notably from the Coalition of Visionary Resources.

The programming gets going at 7pm Friday night, and doesn't end until Sunday at 4:30 pm. Check it out at http://paganicon2012.sched.org/ or http://paganicon2012.sched.org/mobile/ and you'll see all the great programming we have in store for you. There’s programming options from many of the most notable Pagans in the community.

Friday, after you stop at the welcome table and get your badge, you’ll have a bit of time to reconnect with old friends before the opening ceremony at 7pm. After the opening ceremony, the first workshops of the conference begin at 8pm. Later we’ll have comedy led by Margret Blaylock and music by Murphey's Midnight Rounders.

What you do after each day's programming is done will hopefully continue to enhance your Paganicon experience. Please obey all relevant laws and hotel rules.

Saturday will be filled with workshops, rituals, crafts, discussions, panels, presentations, and entertainment, from 9am to 5:30pm. The vendor room will also be open from 9am to 5:30pm

In between all that, you'll run into old friends, hopefully meet some new friends, get to know people better, and establish bonds which will last for years.

At 6:30pm, Harmony Tribe will present a snake themed ritual to lead into the Paganicon All Snakes’ Ball at 7pm.

The All Snakes’ Ball will be open to all Paganicon registrants. Those not registered for Paganicon can attend for only $15. This is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There will be a cash bar. So instead of going out, and dealing with drunks crashing their cars, come to the All Snakes’ Ball and crash at the hotel.

At the ball, you will experience “A Revel Under the Faerie Hills”. The snakes of Ireland didn't leave -- they just went underground ... here in the New Land, the powers of the Earth are returning. Come dance with the Fae and revel with the Serpents, at a masquerade in the Faerie Court. As guests under the Hills, you are welcome! Come dress in high magical style -- in your slinkiest snakeskin or best fae finery. Prizes will be bestowed onto the most sublime magical personas (i.e. best costumes) ! We encourage: Masques, body paint, jewelry, wings, scales, glitter, silks, satins, armor and furbelows-- all welcome and lustily encouraged!

The All Snakes’ Ball will feature our special musical guest S.J. Tucker, as well as Murphy’s Midnight Rounders and DJ Silverwolf.

Sunday is another day of with workshops, rituals, crafts, discussions, panels, presentations, and entertainment, from 9am to 2:30pm. The vendor room will also be open from 9am to 4pm

Last year, the Paganicon chair went into labor at Paganicon and gave birth to a wonderful child now known as the Paganicon baby. Sunday at 1pm, there will be a Wiccaning for a child whose birthday celebration will no doubt grow larger every year for many years to come.

REGISTER TODAY

If this sounds like the way you’d like to spend a weekend, it all starts by getting registered at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

If you're already registered, then we hope you enjoyed this email. If you're not registered, hurry up because you wont want to miss this.

We look forward to seeing you there.

What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/
Registration: $65 before February 23rd at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/, $80 until the event.

If you’ve read this far, please forward this to any Pagans you know.

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February 21, 2012, A press release was just sent out. Here are my noted from sending it.

local print

Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/ http://www.startribune.com/membercenter/137104018.html

Vita.mn http://www.vita.mn/ culturecal@startribune.com

Pioneer Press http://www.twincities.com/newsroomcontacts news@pioneerpress.com

City Pages http://www.citypages.com/ http://www.citypages.com/about/staff/

MinnPost http://www.minnpost.com.228elmp01.blackmesh.com/contact-us stories@minnpost.com

Mpls-St. Paul Magazine http://www.mspmag.com/About-Us/Contact-Us/ edit@mspmag.com

Minnesota Monthly http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Contact-Us/

local Television

http://www.kare11.com/company/faq/contact.aspx news@kare11.com

http://kstp.com/article/stories/s213.shtml gennewstips@kstp.com

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/subindex/about_us/contact_us fox9news@foxtv.com

http://kstc45.com/article/stories/s507895.shtml?cat=10950 newstips@kstp.com

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Email: info@tcPaganpride.org
Web: http://tcPaganpride.org/Paganicon/


Pagan Conference Celebrates Second Year in Twin Cities
A diverse nature-based spiritual community expected to attend

February 15, 2012—Minneapolis, MN

On March 16 through March 18, a diverse regional community of non-Christian believers and spiritual leaders—including many adherents to the Wiccan faith, Druidry, and other Pagan- or Nature-based religious practices—will gather at the second annual Paganicon taking place at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park. The conference offers programming that directly addresses key spiritual, social, and political issues affecting non-Christian community, a keynote address by internationally-known author and spiritual leader Christopher Penczak, and even an evening ball subtitled A Revel Under the Faerie Hills.

Although each spiritual branch of Paganism share commonalities, contemporary Pagan religious movements are widely diverse, and unlike Christianity or other organized religions, there are no set of beliefs, practices or religious texts shared by all of them. Current U.S. statistical date is scarce, but formal studies published by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the Pentagon, estimate that there are around 300,000 practicing Pagans nationwide, and a minimum of 2,000 Pagans who are on active duty in our military.

The idea for the conference grew out of the annual Twin Cities Pagan Pride celebration, one of the oldest Pagan Pride celebrations in the nation. The Twin Cities has the second largest Pagan community in the nation, the oldest Pagan Community center, five Pagan-owned metaphysical shops, and a weekly newsletter devoted exclusively to Pagan events.

Due to increased interest in organizing a formal conference, while maintaining the format of the original pride festival, Paganicon was formed. Coordinator Wendy Seidl explains, “The Twin Cities Pagan Pride celebration was becoming more like a conference, and less like a celebration. By contrast, it was a two-day event in a building with multiple programming tracks. The solution: split the two and create the programming-intensive Paganicon, and then have a separate Pagan Pride celebration in its traditional format.”

One of the first conferences of this kind occurred between 1971 and 1976, when well-known publisher Carl Llewellyn Weschcke (current Chair of Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.) aided in organizing Gnosticon, an alternative spirituality conference that is often credited as the stimulus for the substantial Pagan influx to the Twin Cities. Participant Elysia Gallo, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. comments, “Llewellyn was very excited to hear that there would finally be a large Pagan conference right here in our own backyard once more.” Although Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., continues to publish a broad spectrum of titles on New Age topics, like the 110-year-old astrology classic, The Llewellyn Moon Sign Book, the publishing house has had significant success over the past decade with books on Pagan and related topics. The publisher is a business sponsor to this event.

The guests of honor for this year’s Paganicon are author Christopher Penczak and musician S. J. Tucker. Christopher Penczak is a considered a leading spiritual teacher in the movement, and his numerous books on the subject matter have been featured in newsprint and magazines across the country. Penczak has over a quarter million books in print. S. J. Tucker, hailing from Arkansas, is one of the top Pagan recording artists currently touring, and her music, inspired by alternative folk rock, has been likened to Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, and Ani DiFranco.

An addition to this year’s conference is a masquerade ball on Saturday evening, entitled The All Snakes' Day Dance: A Revel Under the Faerie Hills, which references St. Patrick banishing the snakes from Ireland. It is also commonly used as a euphemism for his driving out native Pagan practices and beliefs and supplanting them with Christianity. Local musical folk talent Murphey’s Midnight Rounders and “Skinny White Chick” SJ Tucker are slated to perform.

Attendance is expected to increase this year, from 170 to 350 participants, so coordinators encourage those interested to register online as early as possible. One participant of last year’s conference, Anne Marie Forester, remarked, “I can't tell you how impressed I am by this weekend. My only complaint is that it was an abundance of riches and I couldn't get to it all.”

Registration information can be found at: tcPaganpride.org/Paganicon

If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact info@tcPaganpride.org.

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(March 9,2012)

Subject: Paganicon is just one week away!


What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/
Registration: http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

In just one week, Pagans will gather in the Twin Cities for the second Paganicon. We hope you are able to join us.

Paganicon is a Pagan conference, created by the Pagan community, for the Pagan community, with programming items designed to challenge us to think in new ways, make new connections, and renew and inspire our religious and spiritual selves. We also feature some great music, lots of chances to hang out and talk, wonderful rituals, and much more. See what’s scheduled to happen at http://paganicon2012.sched.org/

On-line registration will stay up until the day of the conference, and people can even register at the conference.

One of the exciting features of this year’s Paganicon is the Saturday night Paganicon Ball, a.k.a. The All Snakes' Day Dance: A Revel Under the Faerie Hills; http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/ball . This is the one part of Paganicon which is also open to non-registrants. People do enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, so instead of celebrating the guy who drove out the snakes, come celebrate with the snakes. Our performers for the ball include S. J. Tucker, Murphey’s Midnight Rounders, and DJ Silverwolf. If you can’t make it to Paganicon, but would like to attend the ball, tickets are available for $15 in advance at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/ or at the door.

This year we are very proud to have as our guest of honor, internationally-known author and spiritual leader Christopher Penczak, who has over a quarter million books in print. You can read about the special guest Christopher Penczak in a recent PNC interview: http://pncminnesota.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/christopher-penczak-interview-with-paganicon-guest/

Musically, we welcome “Skinny White Chick” S. J. Tucker. Hailing from Arkansas, Sooj is one of the top Pagan recording artists currently touring, and her music, inspired by alternative folk rock, has been likened to Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, and Ani DiFranco.

Aside from being an excellent event, Paganicon is also important to the local pagan community. The Pagan community is maturing, and Conferences are becoming increasingly popular. There’s just no denying the appeal of soft beds and indoor plumbing at a Pagan gathering. It is therefore significant that our local community has its own Pagan conference. This is a draw to showcase our community, one of the greatest Pagan communities in the nation. The idea for the conference grew out of the annual Twin Cities Pagan Pride celebration, one of the oldest Pagan Pride celebrations in the nation. The Twin Cities has the second largest Pagan community in the nation, the oldest Pagan Community center, five Pagan-owned metaphysical shops, a weekly newsletter devoted exclusively to Pagan events, multiple festivals, and a conference. Some of you might remember that the Twin Cities also hosted one of the first conferences of this type; Gnosticon. We have great cause for pride in the Twin Cities Pagan community.

Many think of the Midwest as being about five years behind the coasts. That isn’t the case with the local Pagan community. Many of the innovations which are just the way we do things, are the things which eventually show up on the coasts that they see as cutting edge. Many of the topics discussed at last year’s Paganicon were so new and innovative that they are not yet in books. In attendance, there were many major players who are shaping the future of Paganism. One person commented that Paganicon was almost like a Pagan leadership conference.

If this sounds like the way you’d like to spend a weekend, it all starts by getting registered at http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/ or learn more at http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/

If you're already registered, then we hope you enjoyed this email. If you're not registered, hurry up because you won’t want to miss this.

We look forward to seeing you at Paganicon.

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(Sent to registered attendees, March 14, 2012)

Subject Line: Paganicon is almost here!

Hello, everyone!

Paganicon starts in just two days.

A couple of quick tips to help everything go as smoothly as possible for you this year.

Paganicon is being held at the Doubletree Hotel Park Place (1500 Park Place Blvd) in St Louis Park, which is near the intersection of I-394 and SR 100.

The check-in/registration desk for Paganicon will be upstairs on the second floor, just outside of the second floor convention area. If you plan to get a room and stay overnight, you will need to separately check in to your hotel room at the hotel's registration desk on the first floor.
Check-in for Paganicon begins Friday at 4:00pm and will continue until around 10:00pm. The registration desk will also be staffed from 8:30am until 11:30am on Saturday . If you arrive and need to check in and get your badge outside of those times, go to the Paganicon Hospitality Suite in room 226.

You MUST have your badge in order to get into any of the programming or entertainment events at Paganicon, so please make sure you have it with you at all times. A badge is not required to enter the Vendor Room.

If you have registered for the Paganicon Ball ONLY, check in for the Ball will be in the 2nd floor convention hallway starting at 6:30pm on Saturday and will continue until around 9:00pm. We will also be selling tickets at the door for $15.

To check-in for either Paganicon or the Ball, you do not need to bring any paper tickets or email print outs. Just bring your ID to the registration desk and give us your name.

Also new this year:
Early Bird registration for next year will be available at a special Con rate of $45. A pre-registration form will be included in the packet you receive at check-in. Fill it out and turn it in with your check or money order before the end of the Con to get this special rate. Once the Con ends, pre-registration will be at the regular Early Bird rate of $50 through September 10th.

You can also pre-order your very own Paganicon T-shirt as part of your registration for Paganicon 2013. A T-shirt will be $15 ($20 for sizes above 2XL). We will have samples of what the T-shirts will look like available at Paganicon this year. There will be some extra T-shirts available fo r sale at Paganicon 2013 if you do not pre-order, but pre-ordering will guarantee that you will get one in the size that you want.

Finally, reduce your carbon footprint and plastic waste with a stainless steel Paganicon water bottle! We will have a limited number of these bottles with the Paganicon logo available for sale at the registration desk for $10 each. First come, first serve. PLEASE NOTE: if you sign up in advance to volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours at Paganicon, you will receive one of these awesome water bottles FOR FREE!!! Email Elysia at volunteers@tcpaganpride.org right away to qualify for your FREE stainless steel Paganicon water bottle.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@tcpaganpride.org.

Blessed Be and we'll see you soon at Paganicon 2012!

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(sent March 16)

Subject: Paganicon starts today!


What: Paganicon
Where: Doubletree Park Place in St. Louis Park, MN
When: March 16-18, 2012
Web: http://tcpaganpride.org/paganicon/
Registration: http://paganicon.eventbrite.com/

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Will you be drinking a toast to a Christian saint, or will you be reveling under the faerie hills at the Paganicon Ball All Snakes' Day Dance. Even if you’re not attending Paganicon, you can still attend the ball Saturday night at 7pm for only $15.

If you’d like to attend Paganicon, but you’re not yet registered, it’s not too late. You can register tonight or tomorrow morning at the event. The check-in/registration desk for Paganicon will be upstairs on the second floor, just outside of the second floor convention area. Registration opens at 5pm, and the opening ceremony begins at 7pm.

At the very least, stop by to get the At-the-Con price for next year’s Paganicon for only $45. Cash, check, or money order accepted. You can also pre-order your very own Paganicon T-shirt as part of your registration for Paganicon 2013. T-shirts will be $15 each ($20 for sizes above 2XL).

Speaking of great Paganicon merchandise, we also have stainless steel Paganicon water bottles for only $10 each. It’s a great way to show your support for this conference, while reducing your carbon footprint with a reusable BPA free water bottle.

On the verge of this year’s Paganicon, thoughts drift back to the last Paganicon. It was a fabulous event, with so many positive comments it’s enough to make a person blush. A quick overview of comments from attendees: stellar programming with great variety, astounding guest of honor, the food events were scrumptious, the music was fabulous, everything just flowed with no major problems, the hotel was very accommodating. It ran so well that it did not seem like a first year event. The programming was top notch. The attendance was great. It was a fabulously successful event.

Many think of the Midwest as being about five years behind the coasts. That isn’t the case with the local Pagan community. Many of the innovations which are just the way we do things, are the things which eventually show up on the coasts that they see as cutting edge. Many of the topics discussed at last year’s Paganicon were so new and innovative that they are not yet in books. In attendance, there were many major players who are shaping the future of Paganism. One person commented that Paganicon was almost like a Pagan leadership conference with such richness of experts.

Last year led to some great connections. Several groups got national press due to the connections established at the first Paganicon. Many people made new friends. Many people learned new ways to advance their personal practice. This year, we hope to establish this as a tradition.

If you’d like to see the impressive collection of events scheduled for this year, check out http://paganicon2012.sched.org/

Another way in which this year is a direct continuation of last year, the president of the organization’s water broke on the last day of the event last year. This year, we will celebrate the Wiccaning of Kiera, the Paganicon baby, on the last day of the event.

By the time you read this, we’ll already be there hoping to see you soon.

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