SerpentStone

2012 Georgia Beltane Gathering

April 27-29, 2012

At Dragon Hills, near Carrollton, GA

 

THE OLD WAYS

 

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As the wheel turns and the winds change direction so it is that we each meet a crossroad and must find a direction within ourselves to follow. Join SerpentStone this Beltane at Dragon Hills

in Carrollton, Georgia as we celebrate “The Old Ways”. Take a step back in time. Meet the May King and Queen. Dance around the Maypole. Frolic, Play, Imagine!!!

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We are sorry but there are no further work studies available for GA Beltane.

All pre-registrations must be paid before the gathering to avoid a $30.00 at the gate charge, no exceptions!  If you pre-register (we do have Paypal), but have not paid in advance, you will be charged

$30.00 at the gate.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Mad Hatter Tea Party – Come, sit and have tea!! Celebrate a very merry Unbirthday! Wear your most OUTRAGEOUS hat! Please bring a finger food to share!

Minion Auction – Support SerpentStone by bidding on the services of a Minion. Minion Services are for a one hour time frame.

Raffle – if you have something you wish to donate for the raffle, please contact either of the Gathering Coordinators.

Maypole – If you are planning on Dancing around the Maypole, please bring with you a ribbon (any color you wish), approximately 2 inches in width and 25 foot long.

Creating a Dreamcatcher Workshop– A donation of $3 per wreath is requested. The donation is to cover supplies. Should you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Autumn, Gathering Coordinator.

Firewalk – A donation of $20 is requested. The donation is to cover supplies for the firewalk and dance.


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Return to the Hills!

Dragon Hills is a beautiful site of rolling hills and nestled woods.  There are hot showers, sheltered areas if it rains, a truly magickal Circle upon the top of the hill, and a kick-ass drum circle.  Please bring your instruments, your joy, and your own personal magick.

Food for Saturday’s feast will be provided free of charge to participants, but other meals are available for sale.  No food contribution is needed.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

email the appropriate person at:

Gathering Coordinator –Autumn or Winterfire at gatheringcoordinatorGA@serpentstone.org
Registration Coordinator Rhiannon (off-site) at registrationGA@serpentstone.org

Registration Coordinator – Iris (on-site)
Merchant CoordinatorCassy at merchantingGA@serpentstone.org
 Workshop CoordinatorBri at workshopsGA@serpentstone.org

Children’s Activities – Rhiannon at  childrensactivitiesGA@serpentstone.org

or contact us at SerpentStone, PO Box 652, Candler, NC 28715  Phone: (828) 665-4049

 

PRACTICAL MATTERS

PLEASE BRING: tent, sleeping bags, blankets, rain gear and clothing for both warm and cold 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 (Styrofoam and other feast gear is no longer supplied!).

 

If you need to buy things before or during the gathering, please stop at one of the larger stores in town, rather than the small local convenience stores. It keeps the small stores able to supply their regular customers, and keeps the rumors and security hassles down.

 

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FOOD

PLEASE NOTE NEW POLICY FOR DRAGON HILLS ONLY!!!

Although the kitchen is no longer open for SerpentStone to use, the landowners will be providing supper for us on Saturday, included in gathering cost.  NO FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS ARE NEEDED!

Any other meals are on your own.  The landowners will be selling food for other meals at reasonable prices if you wish.

 

COST

$10 per child* 12-16 (plus 2 hours of volunteer service) if paid and postmarked before April 20, 2012

$20 per person* over 16 (plus 2 hours of volunteer service) if paid and postmarked before April 20, 2012

$30 per person* after April 20, 2012 and at the door (plus 2 hours of volunteer service).

Daytrip rate $15 at the door. NEW FAMILY RATE: (This includes up to 2 adults, and children under 18 living in the house)

Prepaid registration before April 20, 2012 - $50.  At the gate - $70  (plus 2 hours of volunteer service).

*Children under 12 are free. A legal guardian must accompany anyone under 18. If not a custodial parent, the guardian must be responsible for the minor, and have a written permission statement from the parent, which must be presented at registration immediately upon arrival.

 

 

 

 

 

RULES TO LIVE BY

            Treat each other with respect, and respect all paths. Take care of those you come with, and respect the land, by leaving your campsite cleaner than you found it. Most of all, HAVE FUN!

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

            No pets. Service dogs only will be permitted at the gathering site. All other pets will be refused at the gate, so please do not bring them.

            Please bring: positive attitudes, appropriate gear, and food for the potluck contribution! Please note: We are working very hard to keep our prices low, despite rising costs for sites, food, and fuel. If you can add something, even a dollar or two, to your registration, it may help someone else be able to attend. Community service: Each participant needs to contribute two hours of community service during the gathering. It is basically just a little of the background work that lets a gathering happen, and may include helping out with registration, heralding workshops or rituals, helping with the site, or cleanup. It's fun, and a great way to get to know folks better!

 

 

 

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.

 

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

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