Keep your eyes out for the crazy fortune teller throughout the night! Only the Gods know what crazy messages she will have for us all!
HISTORY OF MARDI GRAS
The observance of a "Carnival" before the Lenten period, was a feast in Rome lasting several days during which time participants delivered themselves up to voluntary madness, put on masks, clothed themselves like spectres, gave themselves up to Bacchus and Venus and considered all pleasure allowable.
The carnival of the modern world is nothing more or less than the Saturnalia of the Christian Romans who could not forget their pagan festivals. From Rome, the celebration spread to other European countries and finally to America.
On Mardi Gras day the climax of the Carnival season is reached. All cares are forgotten. The streets are crowded with maskers who rolic and frolic with free abandon. Comes the night, the last of the street pageants, the balls and at the stroke of midnight the courts of Rex and Comus meet, exchange greetings and another Mardi Gras is ended.
SILENT AUCTION – WITCHES GIVING BACK!
The Silent Auction serves as a fundraising effort to benefit the philanthropic endeavors of other local 501c3 organizations. Witches and Pagans are the most generous and supportive people in the world, and the Silent Auction is the perfect place to show it!
The Silent Auction bidding opens at 7:00 pm and closes at 10:30pm sharp with winners announced at 11:00pm. Bidding at the Silent Auction is free (unless you win!)! Cash and credit cards are accepted for payment. A portion of proceeds will go to In The Pink, a unique non-profit, in that it has established “store front” locations where retail and giving activities come together. Within the walls of this beautiful space, miraculous things take place. It is not unusual to find entire families gathered together at In the Pink to take part in significant, life-changing events such as a head shaving or choosing a wig.
Additional items will be raffled. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 10 for $5
Raffles & Auctions open to attendees ages 21 and up only
Community of Many
Founded Sept. 22 2016
Community of Many is focusing on the ability to support the community at large, not just the local area. We have elders in many area through the eastern US. Our goal is to supply spiritual guidance in as many areas we are can. Trees of Avalon Gathering known as TAG is helping to ensure that our histories are passed down from one generation to the next in the form of festivals with classes for children as well as adults. At this same time, making sure that we take from what we learn now and improve upon that. Learning from our past can only help to improve our future. Community of Many is a 501(c)3 organization.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY RANDY BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY
Randy Olynick is a Pagan and very active member in the community. Upon arrival there will be areas set up with backdrops for your professional portrait. Sign in on the sheet to have your portrait taken. If you are interested in purchasing a photo they will be available after the event for $25. Each portrait will be delivered on a usb stick in a high quality size so that if you want to find a place for prints you can get them at any size such as 8x10 or even poster size. Images will be edited and processed.
There will be several photographers taking candid shots. All guests may be photographed. Photographs may be used on West Central Florida Pagan Alliance websites and advertising. Please be sure to communicate with the photographers if you do not wish to be photographed.
Tina & Paul Jesko
All of our private sponsors!
WHO SHALL BE CROWNED KING & QUEEN
Each guest will be given a few dublooms. The forbidden word will be Mask. Whoever catches you saying the forbidden word first, shall receive one of your dublooms. You may claim someone else's even if you no longer have your own.
Each guest will fill out a card starting at 10:30 PM with their name, choice of crown and number of dublooms they have (see Sandy or Constance at the designated table). The participant for each category with the highest number of dublooms shall be crowned King & Queen!
The King & Queen shall receive complimentary single admission for each of them to return in 2019 to hand over the reigns and crown the next King & Queen at The 2019 Witches Ball!
The point of a Masquerade is to dance with numerous partners, known or unknown, and then see what transpires while dancing in disguise.
We are especially thankful for our generous organizational, corporate and private sponsors!
Be sure to support them as they do our community!
Quality Inn & Suites
5316 US Hwy 19 N
New Port Richey, FL
FLORIDA PAGAN ALLIANCE, INC
Florida Pagan Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit religious organization and shall operate as a religious organization and church, to provide a place of worship, to celebrate, support, and teach the tenants of the Pagan religions, to encourage and foster tolerance and interaction between many differing life affirming faiths of the world, to provide and disseminate information regarding Paganism and Pagan faith to the general public, other religious and secular bodies, in order to educate and inform, to promote Pagan worship, religious education and religious tolerance, and for educational and charitable purposes .
Florida Pagan Alliance hosts religious, social and educational events throughout the west central Florida region and beyond. For more information, visit www.flapaganalliance.org.
Masquerade masks are required. If you do not have one, we have
assorted paper masks available. Those interested in the competition
will be called up for judging by our panel of judges.
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR ENCHANTED EVENING
Alchemy & Ashes: A Vintage Emporium
Antique and Vintage Furniture and Home Decor ~ Rare & Obscure Possessions ~ Reincarnated Acquisitions