2011 SerpentStone Yule Gathering

December 9-11, 2011

At Owlhouse near Knoxville, TN

The Gift of Laughter

As the darkest day of the Year approaches,

And the cold temps and loneliness creep in,

Join the SerpentStone Family for Laughter and Warmth,

Good Food, and a Light and Giggly Main Ritual at 4 PM.,

Feast of Wondrous Repast,

Sharing of Talent and Yuletide Carols sung by the fire.

Lots of Laughter and Warmth to celebrate the season!

Coordinators

Gathering Coordinator –Lady Klasynja at gatheringcoordinator@serpentstone.org
Registration Coordinator – Rhiannon (offsite) or Cria Bear at registration@serpentstone.org
Kitchen Witch – Shephard at kitchenwitch@serpentstone.org

Children’s Activities – Astarte at childrensactivities@serpentstone.org

Merchant Coordinator – Lady Klasynja at merchanting@serpentstone.org

Workshops will not be pre-scheduled for this gathering. If you wish to do one, there will be a scheduling board on site

SATURDAY FUND-RAISING LUNCH AND RAFFLE

Please bring a homemade or re-gift item for our fund-raising raffle of donated items. All proceeds from lunch and raffle go directly to SerpentStone, to help us keep costs of gatherings down.

Fund Raising Lunch - Slice of Homemade Saxon Pie and salad - $3.00.

Whole Saxon Pies, cooked by Lady Sophia, are available for take home – advance order requested, cost will be $15.00. Please contact us at kitchenwitch@serpentstone.org to pre-order.

TALENT SHOW

Bring your A-game and show us your talent. Following
this year’s theme of 'The gift of Laughter" use your talent to make us
laugh! Prize will be presented for "Best Talent"

We will also have a gift exchange on Saturday night after the Talent show. Please bring a small inexpensive (LIMIT $10) OR HOMEMADE gift for the exchange! If you have a child, also bring a gift for your child to exchange with another child please.

HOUSE RULES

No pets allowed as there is a resident feline and the occasional canine about. The downstairs is Pet and Smoke free for those allergic to dander and smoke. Tobacco products will be used ONLY outside on deck or porch or in the open garage.

Treat each other with respect, and respect all paths. Take care of those you come with, and respect the land, by leaving the space cleaner than you found it.

No illegal drugs, firearms, drunken behavior, bad attitudes, or violence or other inappropriate behaviors will be condoned on the site. We DO enforce the no drugs rule, and security has active duty law enforcement included, so don't bring them!

FOOD

Soup will be offered on Friday night.

Please bring pot-luck offering for Feast. It need not be prepared unless it is baked. Please drop these off at the kitchen as soon as possible after arriving, so our Kitchen Witch and helpers can begin working their magick! Having enough for everyone is dependent on everyone bringing something for the kitchen, so please help us have a bountiful feast!

PRACTICAL MATTERS

Please bring a small wrapped gift with a blank tag for the Gift Exchange if you wish to participate. (only for those 13 and older).

This is not a clothing optional event, and alcohol is permitted in moderation.

This is an indoor event. No tents are needed, indoor communal floor space is provided. THERE ARE CATS AND A DOG IN THE HOME: please be aware if you have allergies or have small children (the cats are not used to children). Please bring, sleeping bags, blankets, air mattresses, rain gear and clothing appropriate for the weather, flashlight, snack foods, ritual gear, drums, and other musical instruments. Plan for a wide temperature range, even at this time of the year. Remember your feast gear and eating utensils.

Please carpool as much as possible as parking may be limited.

If you need to buy things, please stop at one of the larger stores, rather than the small convenient stores. It helps keep the small stores able to supply their regular customers, and keeps the rumors and security hassles down.

REGISTRATION

$10 per child* 12-16 (plus your feast contribution and 2 hours of volunteer service) if paid and postmarked before December 2, 2011.

$20 per person* over 16 (plus your feast contribution and 2 hours of volunteer service) if paid and postmarked before December 2, 2011.

$30 per person* after December 2, 2011 and at the door (plus your feast contribution and

2 hours of volunteer service).

NEW FAMILY RATE: (This includes up to 2 adults, and children under 18 living in the house)

Prepaid registration before December 2, 2011 - $50. At the gate - $70 (plus your feast contribution and 2 hours of volunteer service).

MERCHANTS: For more information concerning merchanting at this gathering, please contact the merchant coordinator. To be a merchant at this gathering, please check the appropriate box on the registration form and immediately contact the merchant coordinator! Because this is at a private home in a residential area,, merchanting will be very limited. No pavilions or large displays can be accommodated.

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An email confirming your registration and giving directions to the site will be sent about a week before the gathering if we have received your completed pre-registration form and your payment.

CONTACT: SerpentStone, P.O. Box 652, Candler, NC 28715 Phone: (828)665-4049

For swifter check-in onsite, please register online at
http://www.serpentstone.org/prereg.php

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