Ancestral Rites – Pagan Pride Day 2017


General Information 2017 Theme Special Guest Schedule of Events Ritual
Vendors Readers Raffles, Prizes, & Apparel Concessions / Food Event Policies


General Information

Date: September 23rd, 2017 Time: 11am – 7pm
Location: Sevierville Civic Center
200 Gary R Wade Blvd, Sevierville, TN 37862
Admission: Donation of a non-perishable food item (including pet food)
All donations benefit Second Harvest of East Tennessee
second harvest

2017 Theme – Ancestral Rites


Special Guest – Jack G. Montgomery

picture of Jack G. Montgomery

Jack G. Montgomery

Jack G. Montgomery, originally from South Carolina is a Professor and Collection Services Coordinator, at Western Kentucky University Libraries.   He earned his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1976 and an MLS at the University of Maryland–College Park in 1987.  Since 1987, Jack has worked as a law librarian in Virginia, Ohio, Missouri and an academic librarian in Kentucky.

Jack has been a professional speaker since 1989 and conducts professional seminars on conflict and change management as well as Emotional Intelligence to library groups nationwide.

In addition, Jack has studied world religions academically and personally since the early 1970s and is an amateur folklorist.  His book, American Shamans: Journeys with Traditional Healers, was published in 2008 by BUSCA Press.  The book has sold well in the U.S., U.K., and Europe and as far away as Japan and South Africa.  Jack regularly gives workshops at various festivals and gatherings about traditional healers and the various aspects of American folk magic.

Jack has been a professional musician since 1969 and has released four CDs of his original and his arrangements traditional folk music.  His four CDs, Onward to Avalon, Everywhere I Look, Tradition with a Twist and Watersprite have enjoyed commercial success in the US and abroad, and he plays regularly at festivals and coffeehouses in the Southeast with his band Watersprite.


Speakers and Workshops

Conference Room (indoors)

12:00 pm:  Who are the Ancestors  Otherworld Apothecary

1:00 pm:  Folk Magic History  Jack Montgomery

2:15 pm:  Ancestral Offerings  Strata

3:15 pm:  Ancestral Altars:  Front Porch Conjure/Tara O’Donniley
Front Porch Conjure will be doing a workshop about the importance of working with the ancestors and how to begin working with them. This will include how to build and maintain your altar, prayers and how this can change your life.

4:15 pm:  Ancestral Rituals Lady Mary
Group Construction of a Family Equinox Ritual to Honor the Ancestors: we’ll make apple candleholders and wreaths to place on the graves or grave representations if you cannot travel to your ancestors graves and we’ll construct a ritual meal that is picnic transportable. We’ll discuss stories and also make a memory feather to always have as a portable symbol of our ancestors.

In place of a cancellation, the following session will be offered:
Ancestral worship and kids – Easy ways to honor your ancestors with the children in your life: Johanna Miller

Outdoor Tent

‘Southern Yoga’ with Kristina!

Check for times upon arrival




An Ancestral Ritual and Food Blessing will be held at 5pm.

The food blessing will be a truly diverse experience that incorporates elements from Wicca, Bhuddism, and Native American traditions and conducted by Gary and Diane.

Please come participate, all are welcome!




We will be hosting 17 vendors this year. Many vendors accept both cash and cards.

Confirmed Vendors

A Dose of Dahlias
Handcrafted items made with magical intent. Altar and home decor. Custom candles and soaps for the craft.

Author P. B. Owl 
I am the author of 5 books of interest to Pagans or Wiccans, my most recent one was published June 2017.  I sell my own books and other books of interest to the Pagan community at a variety of price points (and have done so for 20 years).  I also feature a small number of jewelry items and/or altar pieces such as candlesticks.

Bewitchen Kitchen, Herbs, and Crafts
We offer a variety of dried herbs, mint starter plants, and various other crafty items. Crafts offered depend on the inspiration of the muses! Currently have a selection of t-shirt bags. Other items may appear as the mood strikes!

Candle and Bath Works
We make everything from shower gel, lotions, and soap bars to candles, seasonal wreaths, scarves, and jewelry.
Everything is made from the heart and with a smile.

Chaotic Beauty
Handmade gifts of polymer clay, wood burning and needlework.

Dawn’s Creations       
I hand make soy candles and car scents. I carry many fragrances such as fruity pebbles, as well as natural scents, floral and more.

Dragon’s Cache
A selection of paintings, some on canvas, canvas board, wooden plaques and boxes, including a series of “elemental dragon” pieces.

Elements of Earth       
Elements of Earth has various items such as healing oils, water sprays, lotions, alter doilies and much more. Many of my items are custom ordered, so if there is something you would like but don’t see, then please contact me by visiting my website at The website may be new but the insight for its products is not. Come on in and sit a spell. Namaste’

One of a kind leather pieces: utility belts/ holsters/festival tails made with vintage fur; handmade wooden runes kits; natural tick repellent oil; organic ceremonial herbal smoking blend; and (possibly, approval pending) Jun: a raw honey based type of kombucha that is brewed with the phases of moon, astrologically correlated, and accompanied by a tarot reading.

India Trunk Sale
New age design ladies clothes and accessories, home decor, and handicraft from India.

Inherent Expressions
Inherent Expressions embodies the artistic soul in its purest form, from Steampunk to Landscapes.  Alexandria has formed an offshoot of JK Whims, following in her mom and Aunt Jen’s footsteps in expressing her innermost artistic self.  Paintings are the primary form of expression; however, other forms such as potions bottles occasionally find their way into existence.

JK Whims     
JK Whims is a joint venture of two sisters, Jennifer and Kim. We do a little of everything and there is no telling what you might find at our table. Currently we do have doTERRA essential oils available along with assorted other items.

Lazuli Leather   
Lazuli Leather returns to offer pagan-centric adornments such as bracelets, cuffs, and collars. Accessories include pouches, key fobs, mug straps and armor. Custom work on the spot ensures that you’ll find what you’re looking for!

Moon Cat Crafts          
Moon Cat Crafts provides a wide range of items from bath bombs, to hand carved wands, to unique jewelry and more.

Otherworld Apothecary
We are traditional witches and cunningmen who create and sell the magical tools we use in our own work. We blend high quality incense, oils, potions and powders for use in spell work and ritual from natural ingredients and traditional recipes. We also provide uncommon botanicals and a selection of magical tools necessary for herbcraft and magic.

S.K.O.’s Bits & Bobs      
Our shop and wares cater to all walks of faith.  We are respectful to all and try to help them find what they need, including artifacts, dream catchers and herbs.

Smoky Mountain Beads & Crystals
Books, candles, crystals, jewelry, smudges and tapestries.

This Crones Cottage   

Too Old Crows  
Too Old Crows offers a selection of wood burned Altar tiles, and decorative items with a Pagan theme. I try to do a wide selection which might include animals, Celtic knot work, dragons, pentacles, Goddesses and Gods.




Several individuals will be donating time to conduct free readings and spiritual insight sessions for attendees. Sign up is required.

Love offerings and donations are acceptable for their time if you wish offer either (neither may be solicited from you by the reader).

If a time is not listed below, please check upon arrival.

Confirmed Readers

PB Owl
Runes, Witch’s spheres, tarot, story dice

Ellen Smollock
Goddess cards and Shaman tarot (12-2)

Theresa Hubbs
Stones and tarot (12-2)

La Maner

Vincent Tescione
unspecified (12-5)

KJ Hamilton
spirit cards (between 12:30-3)

Gary Suto
tarot and possibly Lenormand (12 – 2)

Andy Breeden
Runes (12-5)

Chris Cahill

Lady Mary Elizabeth Stafford
Oracle cards and tarot


Raffles, Prizes, & PPD 2016 Apparel

ppd2017_tshirt_prplPagan Pride of East Tennessee will be hosting multiple ticket raffles for items. There will also be door prizes and apparel available for purchase.

This year we will be including a new PPD T-shirt design in PURPLE as the color was requested by so many last year!
(Blue versions of the shirts will be worn by board members to help identify them. Blue shirts will not be available for purchase.)

PPET accepts cash and cards. All cards are processed securely through PayPal.




Food will be available for purchase through much of the day.
A menu is currently in development and will include some new and different options!

If you have any allergies, please alert the staff before ordering.
Concessions accepts cash and cards. All cards are processed securely through PayPal.



civic center policies


The Sevierville Civic Center prohibits weapons of any type and the consumption or sale of alcohol.
Children must be attended by a legal parent or guardian at all times.
Anyone causing a disruption, engaging in illicit or illegal activities, or verbally abusing others will be removed from the event and banned.

Smoking is allowed in desginated areas outside only.