SOME RECENT GROVE
EVENTS: ....May 3: Our 11th Beltane May Faire. At a park
in Morristown, NJ: May Faire, and the usual Mayhem. Floral Headwreath
Making! Hobby-Horse, Dragon and Other Beasties! Altars to all sorts
of things! Labyrinth! Feasting! Fairybox & Cthulhu Crafts workshops!
Fairy dance! May Pole! And Erica led a Druid Ritual! 34 attended, and
the weather was fabulous! CLICK
TO SEE BELTANE 2003 PHOTOS! ....April 30 to May 1st- Beltane
Night Vigil and Beltane Dawn Hobby Horse: 5 of us stayed up all
night (and 2 more stopped by) with stories, songs and faery cakes (and
we repaired our Beltane banners) and, at **THE BREAK OF DAWN** on Thors
Day, May 1st, in the DRIZZLE and RAIN, 10 of us met in Princeton, NJ
to help Morris Dancers, Molly Dancers and Maypole Dancers wake up the
earth. GOG contributed to the Dawn festivities with a Hobby Horse ritual
and a traditional May Song, in front of 60+ spectators (in the drizzle
at dawn). Yes, it was too early in the morning and it was in the middle
of the week and it was raining, but it was also a lot of fun, and one
of the most amazingly beautiful things youll ever see.... ....April
17th: GOG Glamourbombing Rutgers Pagan Student Assoc. 5 GOG members
talked and demonstrated the shiny and subversive art of Glamourbombing.
....April 3: Middle Eastern Belly Dancing Rutgers Pagan Student Assoc.
Peg and her American Tribal troupe hosted a bellydancing workshop....March 29: Loki Blot: 10 attended a blot
to one of our Justins patron deities. For more on this, CLICK
TO SEE PHOTOS! ....March 26: RUPSA Pagan Panel Discussion:
In the Rutgers University Student Center. The topics were "Sex"
and "Death": Paganism and Alternative Lifestyles and Pagan
Death and the Afterlife. Norma represented GOGs ADF Druid viewpoint
on the panel. ....March 23 : Spring Equinox Trance Ritual Journey
to the Land of Manannan Mac Lir. Jen Martin and Ed led a trance
journey to the land of Manannan Mac Lir to honor and praise our gatekeeper,
and celebrate the gray dawn of Spring. We blessed our skills and talents
- those tools of body and mind and spirit that we use in our work -
through the 5 senses. We consecrated our well to magic for another year.
18 in attendance. CLICK TO SEE
PHOTOS! CLICK TO SEE
THE SCRIPT(!) for the trance ritual! ....March 19: Beach Ritual
to Manannan Mac Lir. 7 of us met at Pt. Pleasant at the Jersey Shore
to collect 9 waves water and honor Manannan, our Gatekeeper, and freeze
our balls off. CLICK TO SEE PHOTO!
....Feb. 9th: GOG ADF Druids visit Orange Unitarian Church Norma
was invited to do a sermon: Feb. 9th, 2003, in Orange, NJ. The theme
was Brigid and Imbolc: Springs Underground BeginningsRev.
Norma Hoffman, ADF, Guest Speaker: In the cold of early February,
many ancient and modern traditions have a celebration to anticipate
the arrival of Spring. Join us as the Rev. Hoffman, Senior Druid of
Grove of the Other Gods, ADF, discusses the folk traditions, myths,
and contemporary Pagan practices that connect the holidays of Imbolc,
Candlemass and Groundhog Day. Come and herald the underground beginnings
of Spring. Thanks to Greg and Liz for help, and Carolyne for tremendous
hospitality! For rough sermon notes visit our web site. ....February
1st: Imbolc: Ritual to our Muse, Patroness and Bright Goddess Brigid.
Liturgists: Jenne and Betty and Jack and Ed. Jenne did a fantastic job
leading the ritual, even when Brigid jumped in and claimed Her own offerings.
29 people. Wonderful praise, good omens, tasty food, tall fire, lovely
dolly, lots of candles. We made Brigids crosses. Jack drew throughout
the ritual (see cover). CLICK
TO SEE PHOTOS!