My Godz, has it been 2 years since my last update???
I've been so busy here at home, that I honestly haven't had time to do much else.
But I'm back, and so is the Ostara Egg Hunt!
That's right! Here's the specs!
I am so very pleased to announce the return of the kids Ostara
egg hunt - kid-oriented, not just kid-friendly! As many of you
know, last year I had to cancel because I had a terrible time
with getting the permit, and many kids were sadly disappointed.
But I vow, that as long as there is a want, and so many of you
replied with a resounding "YES!", that I will not let that ever
happen again. MANY THANKS TO IZABELLA BRUGIONI FOR SCORING THE
PERMIT! Because the county building downtown burned last
October, it would have been extremely difficult for me to get
the permit on my own.
And so, without further delay (drum roll, please!), here are the
specs!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- Sunday, March 21st from 11am to 3pm, ritual at noon
- LaBagh Woods, Grove 1, sheltered and semi-private, with flush
- Entrance located just north of Foster on Cicero in Chicago
- Near plenty of public transportation and I-90/94
- $5 per participant, a potluck dish to share (please try for
healthy yet tasty!) and a basket for each child to collect eggs
- No glass bottles, please
- drumming is ok, but no amplification
- dress for the weather
***OPEN TO ALL - INVITE YOUR FRIENDS***
There are so many exciting things already planned for this year,
and a few changes as well. PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES! Yes, there will
be prizes, and possibly another raffle. HUNDREDS of plastic
candy- and prize ticket-filled eggs will be there, plus games
and other activities. I'll be cutting back on the sugared drinks
this year, as I have personally lost over 30lbs be getting it
out of my system.
This year's childrens' ritual is already being planned, and
geared to be more child-led than ever before! We will need a
couple teens to assist with parent's permission, of course (no
adults will run the ritual at all this year!). It will again
have the seed planting focus, but with veggie instead of flower
growing. That will make the caring for the plant linger on a
little longer, and be available for harvest and giving thanks
later on in the year.
I will be re-introducing the bird seed Goddess labrynith, but
with a lot more bird seed this time. That way, it can actually
be walked and not just admired ;)
We are going to forgo the basket making, since it never did go
over as well as it should have (too chilly to sit and work on
crafts), so we're asking folks to just bring a basket (a few
will be provided for the forgetful). If you think we should go
back to making them, or if you have another suggestion, let me
Also, thanks to some delinquents, there ARE no fireplaces left
in Cook County - they have all been bricked up. So we're asking
if anyone has a portable fireplace to bring to help keep little
hands warm (no generators or propane allowed). We have one
confirmed, but at least one more to keep folks comfortable.
Finally, I will be needing assistance in hiding the eggs, first
aid, as well as set up and tear down. If someone would like to
volunteer to offer face painting, that's fine as well!
Thank you all for making the last two memorable, and in advance
for your assistance and merriment!
ps. Mike Seeber has also asked me to run the kids' room at his
convention in late November, and I of course was more than happy
to. If anyone would like to help me with that, let me know.
Help Badly Needed
This is an email that was sent to the Chi-PP email group. If you are interested, please
CALL LORI DAKE at (773) 368-6750.
I've been thinking about this for a while now, and it's probably
long overdue. This group has been online for a touch over 2
years now, and my periodic news just isn't cutting it.
Would anyone like to help the Chi-PP online group? Not that the
group needs moderation, but just someone caring enough to
welcome the new members and keep up with the discussions. This
group isn't extremely busy by any means, so it's not a huge
duty. But I feel that we've grown big enough to not require a
What I'm looking for is someone whom I've met personally, which
shouldn't be hard ;) (Whip me with a wet noodle, but I just
can't see offering operational status to someone who I haven't
related to in person on a one-on-one level).
The person should be able to be online at least once a week,
which up until the last year, I was able to do. And, the person
should be able to leave his or her personal baggage at home.
This is the last place on Earth that I want to see holding
Also, the person should keep in mind this more than just another
Pagan list, and more than another parenting list. This is a
local Pagan parenting list :) So forwards and things are more
than welcome, and personal insight is wonderful, and being a
shoulder to lean on is perfectly okay as well :) I do have to
object to Spam, chain letters (no matter how well-intentioned)
and any form of flame. Constructive criticism is perfectly
acceptable, and I personally feel is necessary for growth. :)
Finally, the same person or others are more than welcome to
assist in maintaining the Chi-PP website,
http://www.doomdiva.com/chi-pp.html as well as offer to help in
planning the kids' meets, as well as future SpiralScouts meets,
which will be starting back up at Mabon.
This group has grown immensely over the last two years, and in
fact has grown outside of my meager abilities. My personal goal
is to stick with it full-time for another three years or so, and
be able to hand over the major resposibilities to others. I do
not, nor have ever, wanted to be the Big Cheese in this quest
for Chicagoan Pagan Family Unity. I have plenty of other things
to fuel my ego, thanks ;)
Just as any mom has to one day kiss their children good-bye as
they start their own families, so must I one day. And when the
time is right, I will happily hand over the reins to others who
can ride this coach into the next decade.
If you think you're this special someone, please CALL ME at
(773) 368-6750 (and again, be patient with the phone).
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