Welcome & Merry Meet!

2014 Winning Logo Artwork
Submitted by: Tori Henson

2014 Winning Theme
"Weaving the web & welcoming the harvest."

Submitted by: Catina Singley

Email Us

SCUpstatePPD@gmail.com

When is PPD this year?

October 18, 2014

Location

Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

 1135 State Park Rd. Greenville, SC 29609


Admission:


1 Non-perishable food item

1 Item for animal donation (preferably canned food)



Don't forget to bring:

  • A chair or blanket to sit on during workshops and performances.
  • Notebook & pen or pencil for taking notes during workshops or networking information.
  • Money to shop with.
  • A bag to carry your goodies with you.
  • A drum or other percussion instrument to partake in the drumming circle.

Please see Getting Involved for further details.

 Sponsored by: 

Pagan Pride Organization

http://www.paganpride.org/

Guest Speaker & Special Guest Information
We are blessed to have been able to have Ms. Selena Fox as this year's guest speaker. She will be speaking to us about Samhain traditions and will be leading the ritual to take place that afternoon. Please check out her website for more information, as there is simply too much information for me to pick and choose from to put here! :)


Selena Fox has been a respected member of the Pagan community for over thirty years, and is the founder and co-executive director of Circle Sanctuary in Wisconsin. She is also the founding editor of Circle Magazine. We are overjoyed to have her attend the SC Upstate Pagan Pride Day as a guest speaker, friend and teacher.


For a more detailed biography and further information please follow the link above to Selena Fox's personal website.
http://www.facebook.com/rpaxton
Photograph by: Robert Paxton

Entertainment Information

As previously noted, we will have a few different entertainers appearing at PPD this year. Tim TV always puts on a GREAT show that both the kids and adults love, with lots of interaction and laughs.


We are very happy to announce that this year the very talented Jeff Holland from drum4work will also be back with his awesome drumming skills. He is always a pleasure to watch and everyone who loves to join in and become part of the rhythm is encouraged to bring their drums and noise makers.

 

And as a special treat this year we welcome Gina LeMonte as our featured musical artist/performer.

(PS..... this is my favorite song of hers that I've heard so far hehe)

 Gina LaMonte aka Mama Gina.

Gina is a Pagan Bard/singer/songwriter, and performs all original music with 12 string acoustic guitar, frame drums and djembe

You can read her bio, see what other folks are saying about the concerts, and hear music from her 2013 CD "Goddess Kiss'd" and newly released CD “The Undertaker’s Daughter” here: www.reverbnation.com/mamagina and here: http://mnemosyne7.wix.com/mamagina.

Her new CD “Undertaker’s Daughter” is getting great reviews (http://witchesandpagans.com/Pagan-Culture-Blogs/the-long-rising-star.html).

Gina has been featured on several Pagan radio internet stations, blogs and podcasts, and has been playing everything from metaphysical shops to house concerts to festivals of all sizes the last couple of years.

Please come out to hear the talents of such an awesome artist and support a fellow pagan performer! The show is sure to be a hit and we’re looking forward to giving a big welcome to the lovely Mama Gina.

 2014 Charity Information

This year's charities have been selected and the wish lists that are advertised on their sites will be placed online here.

While we hope that you look over these lists and try to bring an item or two if possible to donate, we understand everyone has a tight budget right now. At the very least we ask that you please donate a can of animal food and a non-perishable food item for your entrance donation.

As there are quite a few items from the animal charity that people may have lying around the house, such as old towels and blankets, that may be donated we ask that you please use common sense and good judgement when donation these items. It's ok if something is a little worn, but it is not ok if the items are dirty, tattered or covered in something like paint. Ask yourself if this is something you'd want to give your treasured pet to use as bedding or as a toy. We want to help out these charities but we want to do so in the right way by giving quality items that can be of use. Thank you very much!

Project Host - (Our Human Charity of 2014)

Project Host accepts all food donations but if possible prefers healthier options that can be used to make dishes at the soup kitchen. This means items like canned veggies (such as corn, beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce, stewed/whole/diced tomatoes, carrots, etc are most welcomed). Other good items include things like; rice, pasta, flour, cornmeal, crackers, dry/can soup mixes, gravies, peanut butter, dry pudding mix, packaged nuts or dried fruits, canned juices, coffee and tea bags. 

Mission

*The Soup Kitchen offers a balanced, nutritious meal each day in a safe, clean and loving environment to all who are hungry.

*The C.C. Pearce Community Culinary School teaches culinary and life skills to chronically unemployed and underemployed people in order to gain and sustain employment and to become positive role models for their children, grandchildren and peers in the community.

*The Feeding Hungry Children Project provides healthy, well-balanced meals to children of low income families enrolled in after school enrichment programs. The project strives to “level the nutritional playing field” so that these children can reach their full potential mentally, physically and socially.

*Project Host Catering is a revenue generating program of the non-profit C.C. Pearce Culinary School and an integral part of the School. Its goal is to provide the students with specialized training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, while generating financial support for the Project Host C.C. Pearce Community Culinary School.


Project Host, Inc does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, medical condition, citizenship, ancestry, or marital status. Project Host, Inc is an equal opportunity employer.

Description

The Project Host Soup Kitchen offers a balanced, nutritious meal each day in a safe, clean and loving environment to all who are hungry.
The C.C. Pearce Community Culinary School teaches culinary and life skills to chronically unemployed and underemployed people in order to gain and sustain employment and to become positive role models in the community.
Project Host Catering offers first class catering and benefits the culinary school.
The Feeding Hungry Children Project provides healthy, well-balanced meals to children of low-income families in hopes to “level the nutritional playing field” so that these children can reach their full potential.
Project Host was the first soup kitchen in the country to have an on-site garden. We also accept any fresh, leftover vegetables as part of our food rescue.

Greenville Humane Society - (Animal Charity of 2014)

Greenville Humane society accepts all donations but prefers canned dog and cat foods (especially pate types that puppies and kittens can eat with tiny teeth). They prefer canned food for donations because they get most of their dry food (kibble) from a supplier and it has a certain nutritional make-up that the dogs and cats are used to. This does not mean that they won't take dry food as donations, this is just a suggested preference. They also require a lot of other items such as dog and cat toys, bedding, etc to maintain the animals as well as their facilities. The wish list is as follows and we would love to see some of you bring a few of these items to donate for these furry babies!!!

Urgent Needs
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Sponges
  • Fleece Throw Blankets
  • Dawn Dish Soap (Blue/Non-Antibacterial)
  • Towels
  • Canned Puppy Food
  • Canned Kitten Food
  • Toilet Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Clorox Cleanup
  • Tube Socks (new or gently used)
  • White Rice
  • Hand Sanitizer/Refills
  • Hand Soap/Refills
  • Tall Kitchen Trash Bags
  • Heating Pads
  • Dish Gloves
  • 16” squeegees (Hand-Held)
General Needs
  • Pet Toys (machine washable)
  • Cat Scratching Posts (Cardboard)
  • Pet Carriers/Crates
  • Raw Hide Chews/Training Treats
  • Gallon-Sized Ziplock Bags
  • Reusable Shopping Bags
  • Magic Erasers
  • Sharpies/Ballpoint Pens/Highlighters/Dry Erase
  • Cable Ties (Clear or Black 8”)
  • Peroxide or Rubbing Alcohol
  • Distilled Water
  • Brooms
  • Bathroom Cleaning Products
  • Swiffer Duster/Refills
  • Scotch Restickable Tabs (For Mounting)
  • Printer/Copy Paper
  • Neosporin & BandAids
  • Stainless Steel Bowls (Dog or Cat)
  • Batteries (AAA, AA & 9v)

Mission

As a no-kill facility, we work in partnership with our community to create an environment where all animals are treated with compassion and respect.


Description

At the Greenville Humane Society, we treat all animals in our Adoption Center like any loving pet owner would.

Did You Know?

  • Founded in 1937
  • Largest low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in South Carolina
  • All animals in our Adoption Center remain on the floor until adoption
  • Our animals are not euthanized due to capacity limits or length of stay

2013 Year in Review

  • Adoptions – Adopted nearly 5,200 pets into forever homes
  • Spay/Neuter Surgeries — Over 11,000 performed in our state-of-the-art Clinic
  • Volunteer Program — Nearly 50,000 hours donated
  • Community Outreach — 58,000 individuals and 200+ organizations/schools reached through Pet Therapy and school visits – at no charge
Order your 2014 PPD T-shirts now!

All orders for shirts MUST be in by ~ October 10, 2014.

T-shirt Sizes and Pricing is as follows: Small – XL $17.00 Ash Gray color / 2-4XL - $20.00 / 5XL-$21.00.

T-shirts will have the winning PPD logo and design printed on the front.

Payment must be made in advance for tees. Orders must be in by October 10th complete with sizes, names, numbers of how many wanted and payment.

This year's PPD event is fast approaching!

Save the date ~ October 18, 2014.

Whew! This year has been flying by hasn't it? It's hard to believe that this year's Pagan Pride Day is less than two months away. There's still a LOT to be wrapped up before the event, so we're trying our best to finish out with a bang and ensure everyone has a great time.

There are a few updates and reminders that need to go out to the community. So here we go!!

Anyone interested in being a vendor at the event needs to either print out, fill in and mail the vendor application along with the fee OR fill it out online and pay through Paypal. The rules and application information for vendors can be found by clicking on the "Vendor Application Info" link on the menu at the top of this page.

We welcome vendors to share their creativity and wares, whether it be items they've purchased for resale or items that are handcrafted. Contact us ASAP if you have questions or need more information. We had a huge crowd last year and it should be even bigger this year... so don't miss out on your chance to meet others, make friends, and profit from a generous (and curious) crowd!


Last Official PPD Fundraiser for 2014

Dawgs & Drumming - Saturday, September 13, 2014  6:00pm
Greenville, SC

Come join us at Mystic Hideaway for a night of rhythm and yums!

Bring your drums, tambourines, bells, clackers - any music maker you might have - and enjoy a hot dog plate while we drum up some energy!

This is a PPD fundraiser. Hot dog plates will be sold. Step up to the serving window and walk away with a hot dog* (including Kelly Ray's KickAss Chili), chips and soda - all for just $5!

Individual item prices:
Hot dog $3
Chips $1
Soda $1

*We will be serving regular weenies with meat chili. If anyone has any specific dietary requirements (such as allergies, vegan, etc.) please contact us before the day of the event and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We will be at Mystic Hideaway, located in Greenville. The fun starts at 6pm and will carry on until we are all drummed out!

Please see the Facebook events page for more information or contact us through email if you do not have access to Facebook.

Update:

While yours truly was unable to attend the Priestess Party this year, the word I got from those who did attend was that they had an absolute blast! There was lots of companionship, swimming, cheese tasting and fun had by the ladies. Thanks Lucie for hosting this event and raising an additional $70.00 to go towards PPD!


Another great success!!

We are pleased to announce that this year's Dinner & Divination event went off beautifully!

The board would like to thank everyone who came and participated in getting readings from the many diviners present, as well as those who came simply to share in the fellowship of friends. We'd like to give a HUGE thank you to Ms. Kelly Ray and Susan Stollard for all of the hard work they put into this event. Kelly prepared a delicious meal and donated all of the food and time that went into making it. Susan was awesome and came out to help plate, serve, clean and make sure that everyone's dinner was fantastic. Without these two women the event would never have went off so great!!

Also a HUGE thank you to all of the readers that volunteered to come out and offer their services for the community. Thank you so much!!!!

Amy, Bob, Kay, Ebn, Kathy, Sonia  ~ your gifts were most appreciated

The total money raised for PPD from this event was $530.00!!!!
What a success!!!!
Pagan Pie Day was a HUGE success. Thanks to the turn out of bidders and all of the wonderful chefs who donated pies, we were able to raise $815.49!!!

WOW! Great job everyone. It's amazing what the community can do when it comes together for a common cause. :)

Selena Fox ~ Guest Speaker & Featured Guest
Please see the Featured Events page for more information.


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