And the 20th Anniversary of SerpentStone Gatherings

September 7-9, 2012

At Splendor Hollow, Sevierville, TN

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The Harvest of the Dream.

Morristown Area Pagans, on behalf of the Serpent Stone family, invites you to join us for the celebration of a Harvest of 20 years worth of loving labor!

About 20 years ago, Lord Serphant and Lady Rhiannon planted the seeds of SerpentStone. To grow, not a coven, but a family, belonging to the Lord and Lady.

And what diverse seeds were sown!

Some were seeds of encouragement, to help each other to strive for our highest ideas and our highest ethics.

Some were seeds of support, to walk together and work together to grow strong and true along our paths.

There were seeds of new groups, seeds of new gatherings, seeds of new friendships and seeds of new creative ideas!

Although we have come from all walks of life, with many different stories, many have come and found acceptance, love and family.

Now, after the years of labor, we have reached the final Harvest of Serpent Stone in its current form!

The fruit is ripening! The seeds are dispersing!

What a beautiful gift for the Lord and Lady!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

email the appropriate person at:

Gathering Coordinator –Rysa or Silver Rose at gatheringcoordinator@serpentstone.org
Registration Coordinator –Rhiannon (off-site) or Magenta Moon (onsite) at registration@serpentstone.org
Merchant Coordinator – Tiger at merchanting@serpentstone.org
Workshop Coordinator – Kirsdarke at workshops@serpentstone.org

Kitchen Witch –Crecia at kitchenwitch@serpentstone.org

Children’s Activities –Angie and Angus at childrensactivities@serpentstone.org

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

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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, but tending toward the warm side. 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

NOTE NEW MEAL POLICY: We will provide light fare on Friday night and only supper on Saturday. Any breakfast offerings (ready to serve only) contributed will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please bring pot-luck offerings for the feasts. It need not be prepared unless it is baked. Items such as fresh fruits and veggies, cheese, sour cream, honey, breakfast meats, breads, desserts, and salad items are very much welcomed by our kitchen witch. Please drop these off at the kitchen as soon as possible after arriving, so our Kitchen Witch and helpers can begin working their magic! Having enough for everyone is dependent on everyone bringing something for the kitchen, so please help us have a bountiful feast!

COST

$10 per child* 12-16 (plus your feast contribution and 2 hours of volunteer service) if paid and postmarked before September 1, 2012

$20 per person* over 16 (plus your feast contribution and 2 hours of volunteer service) if paid and postmarked before September 1, 2012

$30 per person* after September 1, 2012 and at the door (plus your feast contribution and

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 September 1, 2012 - $50. At the gate - $70 (plus your feast contribution and 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.

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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, food preparation, 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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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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