Beltain Rite and Picnic

Beltain (May Day) Rite and Celebration

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Celebration begins at 12:00 pm

Ritual begins at 2:00 pm

East Rise Grove, South Park

Please join Sassafras Grove on Saturday, May 4 for our Beltain ritual and celebration!  The festivities will be held outdoors at East Rise Grove in South Park. All Pagan and Pagan-friendly people are invited to join us for Pittsburgh’s longest continuously running Pagan tradition!  Children are welcome!

Our ritual this year will be held in Romano-British style and will honor Flora, Goddess of Flowers, and Faunus, God of the Wild.

We will also pay honor to Our Nature Spirit allies and companions, those we work with personally and those who dwell in and around our homes. This rite will include a pet blessing.  Per park regulations all animals must be on leash.  Can’t bring your pet to the park?  We’ll have tokens that you can take home with you to carry the blessings to your beloved companions.

We will also, of course, be dancing joyfully around the Maypole as we sing in the May!

Schedule:

12pm – 1:30 pm: Flower crowns and crafts
1:00 pm: Choosing attendants to Flora and Faunus
1:30: Ritual briefing

2:00 Rite begins
After ritual: Community potluck picnic
After feast: Our annual auction (live and silent) and raffle

What to Bring:

* Offerings for Flora and Faunus (Suggested offerings include: honey, flowers… anything representing growth, potency, and the budding fruitfulness of the coming season ))

* Flowers to share for making May crowns

* Drums, tambourine, bells, etc. for festive music-making

* A chair/blanket if you wish to sit during the ritual

* A dish to share at the potluck picnic

* Feast Gear (see below)

* Cash or checkbook for the Beltain Auction—our biggest and most important fundraising event of the year!  We rely on funds raised at our auction to help cover the costs of site rental and ritual supplies.

While alcohol is permitted at this event, glass bottles and containers are not allowed at this site. Please plan accordingly. Sassafras Grove expects everyone who chooses to drink alcohol to do so legally and responsibly. 

Pets are welcome at this rite, but they must be kept leashed at all times per park regulations.

Feast Gear-In order to reduce the amount of paper plates, plastic utensils and other disposable items we are using, we encourage folks attending our events to bring their own feast-gear for pot luck.

We’ll still have some plates and utensils available, however, we feel we need to make a greater effort to be kinder to the environment and Mother Earth and ask you to join us. We are, after all, tree hugging dirt worshipers J

Plant a Tree! Over the next year, Sassafras Grove will be collecting cash donations to be used to plant trees through the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the Earth Mother. For just $2.00 we can plant a tree in a National Forest! So if you have an extra dollar or two, please consider donating.  We’ll keep you updated quarterly on the planting progress!

East Rise Grove is located off of East Park Dr. Entering the north side of the park from Broughton Rd, veer to the left to take East Park Dr instead of Hundred Acre Dr. The road leading to East Rise Grove will be 0.2 miles down East Park Dr. For those using a GPS device, the coordinates of 40.332654, -80.008125 will lead you to the parking lot. You can find a park map here: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/maps.aspx.

Our rites and events are free and open to the community, but we do rely on the monetary donations of those who are able to defray the cost of space rental and ritual supplies.

For more information about this event, Sassafras Grove in general, or our parent church Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF), please feel free to email us at info@sassafrasgrove.org.

Bright Blessings!

Maria,

Scribe, Sassafras Grove, ADF

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