SerpentStone Tennessee Samhain Gathering

October 26-28, 2012

At YI Camp near Smyrna, TN

 

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Memento Mori

 

The Middle Tennessee Pagan Community invites you all to come celebrate Samhain with us at the YI Campground. The SerpentStone family has been together for 20 years and many wonderful things have happened. However this season especially reminds us that all things under the Sun have their allotted time. Fields are cleared, a gathering of food and family, to make it together through the long dark of Winter. Things pass away to lie fallow for a while before new life arises from the old. All things end. All things pass away, however now is the time to come together, to celebrate the life we have, the friends we have lost along the way and remember that even though things may die the Great Cycle of Life goes on.

 

So please bring any stories you have, mementos you wish to share on the table of Remembrance, for we shall turn the Samhain wheel as SerpentStone one last time and remember. We shall raise a noise to the Lord and Lady and celebrate our time.

 

 

          SLEEPING ACCOMODATIONS

There is plenty of sleeping space in unheated cabins on site.  There is also a heated Dormitory for extra cost.. If you NEED to sleep in a heated area for medical reasons, please indicate such on your pre-registration form. There is a $10 usage fee on sleeping in the heated dorm which MUST be prepaid in order to guarantee bed space.  Those with medical needs get first priority.

ARRIVAL TIME

Registration will open at 12:00 pm Central Time, merchants may arrive as early as 9:00 am to set up. Merchants needing to arrive earlier must get prior approval from the gathering coordinator and the land caretakers. (contact merchanting@serpentstone.org)

 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
email the appropriate person at:
Gathering Coordinator – Butterfly Awakeningat
gatheringcoordinator-tn@serpentstone.org 
Registration CoordinatorRhiannon (offsite) or Khepheret (onsite) at
registration@serpentstone.org 
Merchant CoordinatorAlex at
merchanting-tn@serpentstone.org

Workshop Coordinator Lisa at workshops-tn@serpentstone.org

Kitchen Witch Bella Dragonfly at kitchenwitch-tn@serpentstone.org

Children’s Activities Shepard at childrensactivities-tn@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 cool 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 tend 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, please stop at one of the larger stores, rather than the small local convenient stores. It keeps the small stores able to supply their regular customers, and keeps the rumors and security hassles down.

 

FOOD

IMPORTANT: See changes noted on first page.  Only Saturday night supper will be provided.  Please bring potluck offering for the feast.  Soup (from donations) will be available other times, and a donated items for a continental-style (no cooking) breakfast will be welcomed.

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!

 

COST

$10 per child* 12-16 (plus your feast contribution and 2 hours of volunteer service)
if paid and postmarked October 19, 2012

$20 per person* over 16 (plus your feast contribution and 2 hours of volunteer service)
if paid and postmarked before October 19, 2012

$30 per person* after October 19, 2012 and at the door (plus your feast contribution and 2 hours of volunteer service).

 DAY TRIP $15

If you need heated dorm space, there is an extra $10 fee on first-come, first serve and medical necessity basis.

*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.

 

PRE-REGISTER AT www.serpentstone.org

 

 

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, or 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 is asked 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!

 

 

PRE-REGISTER AT www.serpentstone.org

 

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