Off to FaerieCon (plus some news links)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  November 2, 2011 — 15 Comments

Tomorrow I’ll be on a flight to Maryland for the 2011 FaerieCon event, at which I’ll be conducting interviews, taking pictures, and moderating panel discussions (in addition to seeing Qntal in concert).

Since I’m not sure I’ll have enough time to blog properly while also covering the event, I’ve arranged a variety of guest-posters during my absence to keep the lights on here at The Wild Hunt. Tomorrow we’ll be featuring a guest-post from Patheos columnist and Killing the Buddha Contributing Editor Eric Scott, and we have several other wonderful Pagan voices lined in the days to follow. Patheos Pagan Portal manager Star Foster will be behind the scenes making sure the trains run on time. I’ll return on Tuesday, and should have some great coverage to share when I get back!

In the meantime, before I go, here are some news stories I’d like to share with you.

That’s all I have for now, enjoy the guest-posts, see you on Tuesday!

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Have a great time at the Con!

  • Pagan Puff Pieces

    Women did something cool, and men took it over in an exclusionary way when it could be profitable. Old story.

    Seriously, though, what IS it with trying to make me hate beer? I love beer! Not because it makes me one of the guys or proves anything about my character, but because I legitimately enjoy drinking it. And don’t use “Men prefer beer” as an excuse for the flavor of the ads. There has to be a way to market to a primarily male audience without that attitude!

    (Ladders. Seriously, just that bit right there says so much about culture somehow, doesn’t it?)

    And, is there something about Slate I don’t know about, judging from all the “Oh, yet another attempt to get laid!” comments, or is it just that you’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the internet?

    • Mojavi

      In South American, it’s traditional for the women to prepare Chicha, considered a DIY beer. Unfortunately, in some areas today, it’s outlawed.

    • Laura M. LaVoie

      That is exactly why women are becoming a real force in the craft beer industy. They don’t need to flash to boobs to get someone to buy their beer. Good flavor and quality with a nice label ought to do the trick. And, the best part is the variety of styles available.

      One day I plan to take my place among the ranks of women brewers. Homebrewing now, but the future is mine for the taking.

  • Alison Leigh Lilly

    Congrats to Lupa and Eli from everyone on the staff of No Unsacred Place! Looking forward to you joining the team!

    • And many thanks to everyone for the mentions! My first post is scheduled for Monday–eeep!

  • Hey Jason! Stop by the Fairy Apothecary booth and say hello! I am a big (but quiet) fan of your blog and would love chatting with you if there’s some time. =)
    Hope you have fun!

  • Pitch313

    I gotta say that the growth and development of craft brewing in the U.S. has added much to the celebrations of many, many Pagans there.

    I think there’s a telling difference between bringing a 6 pack of Coors to a ritual or a 6 pack or growler of a local craft brew. Not in the heart-feeling of the gift, but in the nature of the actual brews. Magical differences.

    FWIW, the craft brewery named after Ninkasi is located just over the Cascades from me, and their brews are tasty and delightful!

    • Nick Ritter

      “I gotta say that the growth and development of craft brewing in the U.S. has added much to the celebrations of many, many Pagans there.”

      I would agree with that. When I pour out libations for the gods or drink symbel, it feels cheap to drink or pour anything other than the beer or mead my wife has brewed. Drink brewed for a holiday by a woman who understands the significance and the purpose (and is a damned fine brewster, to boot) has no equal.

    • You are absolutely right. I *love* craft brew for ritual. And the only thing better than a good craft brew hand selected to match the celebration is a home brew specifically made for it. I’ve been brewing all year but just had the brilliant idea to brew the next holiday’s beer at the previous one. For instance, I just brewed my Yule Gingerbread Porter at Samhain while I enjoyed a Pomegranate Wheat I had brewed at the Autumn Equinox. At Yule, I’ll enjoy the gingerbread porter while I brew up a batch of Milk Stout for Imbolc.

      And, if I am not able to brew my own the craft brew industry has more than enough choices that something wonderful can be offered.

  • Have a delightful time, Jason, and please take lots of photos to share w/ us!

  • Deborah Bender

    If the cross is a secular symbol, then it deserves no more respect than any other secular symbol, and Christians should not take offense at vandals or artists who deface a cross.

  • Oh. My. Bored. Gods! I am going to meet you! If I can’t find you, please look for me at the Spoutwood Fairie Festival booth on Sunday morning, 10:00 to 12:00.
    Squeee! These cons aren’t my cup, but this makes it worth the drive!