featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
If you're on FB or the Gaia mailing list, you'll see this again, but I figured I'd post it here as I know some of you are planning to attend the Longest Night Ball and might not otherwise catch the news:

With the event only two weeks away, we learned today that a dispute between the City of Kansas City and the El Torreon Ballroom will mean that we are not able to hold Longest Night Ball at El Torreon as scheduled.

However, that doesn't mean the party is off. We have initiated Emergency Backup Plan D, and will instead be holding 2009's Longest Night Ball at SMUUCh. This will mean a couple of changes in the event, as follows:

1) Since we will no longer be counting exorbitant space fees among our expenses, ticket prices will be reduced to $15 in advance, $20 at the door. If you have already paid for your tickets, the difference in price will be refunded to you.

2) We are now full up on vendors for the event.

3) Um... as far as we know, that's it for now. It's still going to be a lot of fun, and I hope you'll come out and join us from 9p-1a on Dec 18th!

There may be a few more small changes upcoming, but I am still in process of confirming those. I will post again to let you know as soon as I know!
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
If you're on FB or the Gaia mailing list, you'll see this again, but I figured I'd post it here as I know some of you are planning to attend the Longest Night Ball and might not otherwise catch the news:

With the event only two weeks away, we learned today that a dispute between the City of Kansas City and the El Torreon Ballroom will mean that we are not able to hold Longest Night Ball at El Torreon as scheduled.

However, that doesn't mean the party is off. We have initiated Emergency Backup Plan D, and will instead be holding 2009's Longest Night Ball at SMUUCh. This will mean a couple of changes in the event, as follows:

1) Since we will no longer be counting exorbitant space fees among our expenses, ticket prices will be reduced to $15 in advance, $20 at the door. If you have already paid for your tickets, the difference in price will be refunded to you.

2) We are now full up on vendors for the event.

3) Um... as far as we know, that's it for now. It's still going to be a lot of fun, and I hope you'll come out and join us from 9p-1a on Dec 18th!

There may be a few more small changes upcoming, but I am still in process of confirming those. I will post again to let you know as soon as I know!
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
...I slept in until 11. Huzzah! And it's 61° out. Heat wave!

Today, I'm going to:
  • Finish the outline for this year's EiR class
  • Get gifts for the rest of my family that I'll be visiting in FL
  • Pick up groceries
  • Write a story (maybe)
  • Eat leftover pastry thingies
  • Paint my toenails
  • Make an appointment for the Toboggan to go in for tires and repairs
  • Write an outline for my January class on ritual consciousness
  • Think about hanging up some of this pile of art that I have sitting about the place unframed
  • ...and other stuff, as I think of it.


Okay, maybe not so slacker today.

EDIT: In other news, Hedgehog Launch. Take that, productivity!
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
...I slept in until 11. Huzzah! And it's 61° out. Heat wave!

Today, I'm going to:
  • Finish the outline for this year's EiR class
  • Get gifts for the rest of my family that I'll be visiting in FL
  • Pick up groceries
  • Write a story (maybe)
  • Eat leftover pastry thingies
  • Paint my toenails
  • Make an appointment for the Toboggan to go in for tires and repairs
  • Write an outline for my January class on ritual consciousness
  • Think about hanging up some of this pile of art that I have sitting about the place unframed
  • ...and other stuff, as I think of it.


Okay, maybe not so slacker today.

EDIT: In other news, Hedgehog Launch. Take that, productivity!
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I can tell we had a successful party yesterday, because there are a great many things in my house that are not mine. I can tell we had a low-drama party, because none of them are pants, and the one of them that is a vodka bottle is still 3/4 full.

The kitchen is a war zone. I am afraid to look in the fridge. What lurks within? I know not, but that it may involve turkey. If it does, we're having gumbo tomorrow.

I missed the end of the party, alas. I believe that someday I will learn that my body in its current configuration can process either a good deal more sugar than usual *or* a great deal more wine than usual, but not both. I crashed at some point, and delighted in the fact that when the party's at my house, I can go to bed whenever I like. I woke up around 4:30 a.m., was grievously ill, then went back to bed. I'm pretty sure everyone who doesn't live here was gone by then, but I didn't investigate the couch too thoroughly.

Anyway, I live on. And so does everyone else who was cooking with me in my kitchen yesterday. I am sometimes protective of my space in the kitchen, and I have easy access to large knives, so I felt going into the situation that survival might be a near thing for some of us. Fortunately, though, once everyone had all their proper equipment sorted out, the cooking was pretty painless. I am grateful to [livejournal.com profile] ruisseau and [livejournal.com profile] triadruid, who were lovely sous-chefs. [livejournal.com profile] ruisseau gets the "Beyond the Call of Duty" award for stemming and peeling mushrooms, which she dislikes profoundly. [livejournal.com profile] popefelix is a very gadget-y, by-the-book cook, which is exactly the sort of cook I am not, but still, peaceful kitchen coexistence was achieved, and the turkey was Yummy.

So, today, when [livejournal.com profile] triadruid rolls out of bed, I think we're gonna head out to Larrytown to put up some posters for Longest Night, and perhaps catch some yummy non-turkey dining. Later, Friday Night Supper Club is on at Blue Nile at the River Market (aggressively non-turkey dining, that). I hope to manage to sneak in a birthday present for the boy, who doesn't want a birthday party and so on and suchlike. I respect people's rights to not have a party, but it is very hard for me to consider not buying a present, for the gods' sakes. We'll see how it goes. Until next time, dear readers. :)
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I can tell we had a successful party yesterday, because there are a great many things in my house that are not mine. I can tell we had a low-drama party, because none of them are pants, and the one of them that is a vodka bottle is still 3/4 full.

The kitchen is a war zone. I am afraid to look in the fridge. What lurks within? I know not, but that it may involve turkey. If it does, we're having gumbo tomorrow.

I missed the end of the party, alas. I believe that someday I will learn that my body in its current configuration can process either a good deal more sugar than usual *or* a great deal more wine than usual, but not both. I crashed at some point, and delighted in the fact that when the party's at my house, I can go to bed whenever I like. I woke up around 4:30 a.m., was grievously ill, then went back to bed. I'm pretty sure everyone who doesn't live here was gone by then, but I didn't investigate the couch too thoroughly.

Anyway, I live on. And so does everyone else who was cooking with me in my kitchen yesterday. I am sometimes protective of my space in the kitchen, and I have easy access to large knives, so I felt going into the situation that survival might be a near thing for some of us. Fortunately, though, once everyone had all their proper equipment sorted out, the cooking was pretty painless. I am grateful to [livejournal.com profile] ruisseau and [livejournal.com profile] triadruid, who were lovely sous-chefs. [livejournal.com profile] ruisseau gets the "Beyond the Call of Duty" award for stemming and peeling mushrooms, which she dislikes profoundly. [livejournal.com profile] popefelix is a very gadget-y, by-the-book cook, which is exactly the sort of cook I am not, but still, peaceful kitchen coexistence was achieved, and the turkey was Yummy.

So, today, when [livejournal.com profile] triadruid rolls out of bed, I think we're gonna head out to Larrytown to put up some posters for Longest Night, and perhaps catch some yummy non-turkey dining. Later, Friday Night Supper Club is on at Blue Nile at the River Market (aggressively non-turkey dining, that). I hope to manage to sneak in a birthday present for the boy, who doesn't want a birthday party and so on and suchlike. I respect people's rights to not have a party, but it is very hard for me to consider not buying a present, for the gods' sakes. We'll see how it goes. Until next time, dear readers. :)
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)


If you love me, feel free to post this image anywhere you think that people who might be interested in such an event as this might hang out.

Also, love and cherish the beautiful artwork by [livejournal.com profile] archway.

Now, [livejournal.com profile] popefelix better get that website up so we can actually start selling tickets.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)


If you love me, feel free to post this image anywhere you think that people who might be interested in such an event as this might hang out.

Also, love and cherish the beautiful artwork by [livejournal.com profile] archway.

Now, [livejournal.com profile] popefelix better get that website up so we can actually start selling tickets.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (did you have fun?)
Excellent news #1: I might not be completely hopeless at pool. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I have put in a few evenings of dicking around playing pool at Side Pockets, and, while I can't actually beat him, I can now lose a lot closer game. :) Last night I learned the black art of the cut shot. I figure as long as we keep playing about once a week or so, I'll be able to retain the skills I'm acquiring, and one day, one day, I might be able to beat the boy. For now, though, I am satisfied to mostly not look like a complete fuckwit.

Excellent news #2: I have found a viable option for a location for the Longest Night party. More on that as it develops. *grin*

Excellent news #3: I am off work today, and crossing my fingers that at the end of the day, I'll have the Saturn all legally registered to me, with tags and everything. We'll see.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Excellent news #1: I might not be completely hopeless at pool. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I have put in a few evenings of dicking around playing pool at Side Pockets, and, while I can't actually beat him, I can now lose a lot closer game. :) Last night I learned the black art of the cut shot. I figure as long as we keep playing about once a week or so, I'll be able to retain the skills I'm acquiring, and one day, one day, I might be able to beat the boy. For now, though, I am satisfied to mostly not look like a complete fuckwit.

Excellent news #2: I have found a viable option for a location for the Longest Night party. More on that as it develops. *grin*

Excellent news #3: I am off work today, and crossing my fingers that at the end of the day, I'll have the Saturn all legally registered to me, with tags and everything. We'll see.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I thought about having this locked down to just the KC folks, but what the hell, some of the rest of you might be interested, too.

Here's the deal: Every year, forever, the Gaia Community has done an arts-and-crafts show (the Winter Bazaar, if you've been following along) as a winter fund-raiser. Every year, we make about $1000 on this event. We have put a lot of work into making it bigger and better, which means that we make more money every year, but it also costs more money (and more time) every year, leaving us with a steady profit of, yep, $1000. Getting volunteers to assist with the thing is difficult, getting someone to manage the thing is nigh impossible. Attendance is generally poor. So I'm thinking, this sucks, let's not do it anymore. If we don't do it, we need to come up with some other fund-raising concept that will make at least $1000 profit for the organization.

[livejournal.com profile] zylch and I spent some time this evening kicking around the idea of having a Yule Ball, some sort of reasonably upscale (but not obnoxiously upscale) costume and/or fancy dress party experience instead. There would be music and dancing and probably food, and possibly a silent auction and/or raffle. It would be a holiday party that you could take your significant other(s) to, regardless of gender, number, or preferred lifestyle arrangement. It would have a magical theme (possibly but not necessarily something Harry-Potter-ish). There is every possibility that there would be games and/or some sort of participatory art experience. There would be a door charge, previously mentioned silent auction/raffle, and possibly sales of non-alcoholic beverages (because we probably can't get a liquor license).

The thing is, we've not done an event like this. I have no sense at all of whether there would be enough interest in it to make it work or not. Hence, a preliminary investigation, very unofficial. Feel free to comment further on the concept. (Also, if you really love the Winter Bazaar, feel free to defend its continued existence. Nothing's been decided yet at all.)

[Poll #1241479]
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I thought about having this locked down to just the KC folks, but what the hell, some of the rest of you might be interested, too.

Here's the deal: Every year, forever, the Gaia Community has done an arts-and-crafts show (the Winter Bazaar, if you've been following along) as a winter fund-raiser. Every year, we make about $1000 on this event. We have put a lot of work into making it bigger and better, which means that we make more money every year, but it also costs more money (and more time) every year, leaving us with a steady profit of, yep, $1000. Getting volunteers to assist with the thing is difficult, getting someone to manage the thing is nigh impossible. Attendance is generally poor. So I'm thinking, this sucks, let's not do it anymore. If we don't do it, we need to come up with some other fund-raising concept that will make at least $1000 profit for the organization.

[livejournal.com profile] zylch and I spent some time this evening kicking around the idea of having a Yule Ball, some sort of reasonably upscale (but not obnoxiously upscale) costume and/or fancy dress party experience instead. There would be music and dancing and probably food, and possibly a silent auction and/or raffle. It would be a holiday party that you could take your significant other(s) to, regardless of gender, number, or preferred lifestyle arrangement. It would have a magical theme (possibly but not necessarily something Harry-Potter-ish). There is every possibility that there would be games and/or some sort of participatory art experience. There would be a door charge, previously mentioned silent auction/raffle, and possibly sales of non-alcoholic beverages (because we probably can't get a liquor license).

The thing is, we've not done an event like this. I have no sense at all of whether there would be enough interest in it to make it work or not. Hence, a preliminary investigation, very unofficial. Feel free to comment further on the concept. (Also, if you really love the Winter Bazaar, feel free to defend its continued existence. Nothing's been decided yet at all.)

[Poll #1241479]
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (funny world)
Back from Omaha, back to the grind. It was sort of refreshing to get to focus on the problems of the world and of my religious affiliation for a couple of days. By which I think I mean it was nice to only have to be responsible for one set of things that was right in front of me, rather than having to be responsible for all the divergent sets of things that I'm responsible for day in and day out, which include but by all the gods certainly are not limited to the problems of the world and of my religious affiliation.

And of course, there was the matter of the workshop. We were allegedly there to lead a workshop about creating and leading earth-based ritual. Despite the fact that many UUs are totally embarrassed about the pagans in the UU woodpile, our workshop was reasonably well-attended by people who actually were interested in the subject matter, who generally seemed to enjoy the experience, and who made copious notes and various exclamations of excitement over the take-home material.

We seemed to have one of the few workshops that wasn't selling something: a book, a DVD, a longer workshop for your congregation, a curriculum, or a visit by a specially-trained consultant. I'm not sure if that fact represents some sort of failure on the part of our denomination, or some sort of failure on the part of my congregation.

I have a lot more to say about the conference, and the district, and the denomination, but I don't want to bore you guys with it.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Back from Omaha, back to the grind. It was sort of refreshing to get to focus on the problems of the world and of my religious affiliation for a couple of days. By which I think I mean it was nice to only have to be responsible for one set of things that was right in front of me, rather than having to be responsible for all the divergent sets of things that I'm responsible for day in and day out, which include but by all the gods certainly are not limited to the problems of the world and of my religious affiliation.

And of course, there was the matter of the workshop. We were allegedly there to lead a workshop about creating and leading earth-based ritual. Despite the fact that many UUs are totally embarrassed about the pagans in the UU woodpile, our workshop was reasonably well-attended by people who actually were interested in the subject matter, who generally seemed to enjoy the experience, and who made copious notes and various exclamations of excitement over the take-home material.

We seemed to have one of the few workshops that wasn't selling something: a book, a DVD, a longer workshop for your congregation, a curriculum, or a visit by a specially-trained consultant. I'm not sure if that fact represents some sort of failure on the part of our denomination, or some sort of failure on the part of my congregation.

I have a lot more to say about the conference, and the district, and the denomination, but I don't want to bore you guys with it.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (little surprises)
WANTED: Your help with the Gaia Community Bazaar.

The Bazaar is, for those who haven't witnessed it, a weird little arts and crafts show, where you can show up, shop for handmade stuff, eat delicious cake, have a massage and a Tarot reading, and now, watch a lovely belly dancer and other entertainment.

It's going to be April 26 at Center High School, 8715 Holmes Road in Kansas City, MO. The Bazaar runs from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with space open for vendors from 8:30 to 10:30. Registration as a vendor for the event is $50, or $30 for Gaia Community members. Tables are available for a rental fee of $7 each.

If you are a reasonably local person (or willing to come in for the weekend) who makes and sells art, crafts, or ritual stuff, and you'd like to vend with us, you can register here. If you have a friend who fits the bill and would like to take part in our show, please feel free to send the information on. Registrations should be in by 4/16. The event is targeted at Pagan, New Age, and other such folks, but they're probably not the only people who will walk through the door.

Thanks for reading - I imagine there will be a few similar solicitations from me in the days to come as we try to get this thing up and running.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
WANTED: Your help with the Gaia Community Bazaar.

The Bazaar is, for those who haven't witnessed it, a weird little arts and crafts show, where you can show up, shop for handmade stuff, eat delicious cake, have a massage and a Tarot reading, and now, watch a lovely belly dancer and other entertainment.

It's going to be April 26 at Center High School, 8715 Holmes Road in Kansas City, MO. The Bazaar runs from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with space open for vendors from 8:30 to 10:30. Registration as a vendor for the event is $50, or $30 for Gaia Community members. Tables are available for a rental fee of $7 each.

If you are a reasonably local person (or willing to come in for the weekend) who makes and sells art, crafts, or ritual stuff, and you'd like to vend with us, you can register here. If you have a friend who fits the bill and would like to take part in our show, please feel free to send the information on. Registrations should be in by 4/16. The event is targeted at Pagan, New Age, and other such folks, but they're probably not the only people who will walk through the door.

Thanks for reading - I imagine there will be a few similar solicitations from me in the days to come as we try to get this thing up and running.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
In reaction to Rabbit Hole Day, [livejournal.com profile] ceruleanst says, "Fuckabunchathat. Go *DO* something surreal, instead of just making it up." As a card-carrying Erisian, I support that. Of course, I support the making it up, too.

So anyway. This weekend, I went to Iowa with [livejournal.com profile] zylch, to talk about fund-raising and church stewardship in the UUA. I think that fulfills [livejournal.com profile] ceruleanst's requirements. *boggle* On the one hand, we told them all about the God Auction as a fund-raiser, and fully half of them thought it was a good idea (although they were initially suspicious of the mention of gods). On the other, the painfully earnest quotient was high, and we were, of course, the youngest people in the room by at least 15 years. Mildly trippy on both counts.

But I'm back now. Did you miss me?
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
In reaction to Rabbit Hole Day, [livejournal.com profile] ceruleanst says, "Fuckabunchathat. Go *DO* something surreal, instead of just making it up." As a card-carrying Erisian, I support that. Of course, I support the making it up, too.

So anyway. This weekend, I went to Iowa with [livejournal.com profile] zylch, to talk about fund-raising and church stewardship in the UUA. I think that fulfills [livejournal.com profile] ceruleanst's requirements. *boggle* On the one hand, we told them all about the God Auction as a fund-raiser, and fully half of them thought it was a good idea (although they were initially suspicious of the mention of gods). On the other, the painfully earnest quotient was high, and we were, of course, the youngest people in the room by at least 15 years. Mildly trippy on both counts.

But I'm back now. Did you miss me?
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (a votre service)
It's like being clergy or something. Anyway, I'm looking for some help, and here's the deal.

From now until Imbolc (that's 2/2, for you mainstream religious types), Gaia Community is collecting money for Heifer International. Heifer is a charitable organization that gives livestock to poor families to help feed their families and their communities, and have milk, eggs, honey, wool, and suchlike for trade. We're trying to raise enough money to sponsor a flock of sheep for Imbolc, in honor of Brigid.

Wanna help out? You can drop by my donation page and make a donation, or you can join Gaia Community's team and canvass your friends, family, coworkers, whoever, for help. Or, of course, you could just go to Heifer's website and donate there, but I'm trying to make our team look good here! :)

Thanks for reading, thanks for donating. Now, I'm gonna go see [livejournal.com profile] orcjohn up at the hospital. Catch you later.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
It's like being clergy or something. Anyway, I'm looking for some help, and here's the deal.

From now until Imbolc (that's 2/2, for you mainstream religious types), Gaia Community is collecting money for Heifer International. Heifer is a charitable organization that gives livestock to poor families to help feed their families and their communities, and have milk, eggs, honey, wool, and suchlike for trade. We're trying to raise enough money to sponsor a flock of sheep for Imbolc, in honor of Brigid.

Wanna help out? You can drop by my donation page and make a donation, or you can join Gaia Community's team and canvass your friends, family, coworkers, whoever, for help. Or, of course, you could just go to Heifer's website and donate there, but I'm trying to make our team look good here! :)

Thanks for reading, thanks for donating. Now, I'm gonna go see [livejournal.com profile] orcjohn up at the hospital. Catch you later.

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