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At 1:30pm on May 1, 2012, Belladonna said…

I am happy to be here.

At 12:49pm on May 1, 2012, PerseH ~Staff Wrangler~ said…

At 12:47pm on May 1, 2012, Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler said…

good to see you here

At 12:36pm on May 1, 2012, Dept of PMM Artists & things said…

www.greatlakeswitchscouncil.ning.com

Great Lakes Witchs' Council
Attn: Mistress Belladonna
25350 Doncea
Warren, MI 48091

The Council is comprised of public and private pagans, as well as other magickal practictioners.


Our members are primarily comprised of a great number of paths, who reside in the U. S. states and Canadian provinces whose borders touch the Great Lakes.

We are small, but dedicated, resistance against the ever increasing forces of banality in

pagan education and practice.

We believe an educator should be valued for their abilities and wisdom … when used to actually educate.

We put forth the proposition that all classes, though not being identical in content, should be equivalent in quality

We put forth the idea that it is not okay to read from the book to people who are there to learn from an instructor. The exception to this is when citing references or original work as a reference for the subject matter being presented.

We boldy put forth that it is good and proper for a student of the Arts to be allowed to actually ask (GASP!) "why" something is presented the way it is and what the presenters frame of reference may be.

We brutishly demand that instructors be able to elaborate on their practical experience and/or training when presenting greater than and introduction to the general sphere of that discipline.

We ask prayerfully that we do not allow the stick, which we weild to back up our soft talk, does not one day imbed itself up our own hindquarters as firmly as those who look down upon the novices in our communities.

We point out that Magick is joyous and fun and that if there can be no ease at the public ritual, then each of us has the responsibility to question the purpose of our presence there in relation to our true WILL (wink, wink!)

We applaud the ideas of Ritual Ettiquette, Feasting, Fellowship, and are inappropriately excited at the vision of well done cakes and mead.

We have written more homonyms for the French word for yes in this piece than should ever be allowed.

We have a lot of nerve.

But it takes nerves in a living body to keep it alive. Otherwise, it allows itself to die or become so damaged as to neither be useful, nor recognizable.

We are not all the same. We are not all one path. We are as different as the mushrooms in the forest, (or in that van in back of the High School down on Grand River, heh heh).

And yes, We Do Have COOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 12:33pm on May 1, 2012, Dept of PMM Artists & things said…

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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.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

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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