After a whole week of our columnists writing about the coming of PantheaCon here in San Jose, yesterday it finally arrived, and our expectations, our hopes, met with the reality of this unique, sometimes overwhelming, experience of community in action. It truly is an immersive experience, and you often find yourself swept away in greetings, conversations, and moments that you could not have anticipated. The real writing about this event will come in the days and weeks following, as these moments are processed and digested, as we wrap narratives around what that long weekend meant to us. In the meantime, for those wanting to get a taste of the ongoing experience, I encourage folks to check out The Wild Hunt’s official Twitter account for updates, and to follow the hash tag #PantheaCon for a near-constant stream of updates.
For now, here are a few images and impressions from the first day.
Already, I have so much to think about, and convey, from my time here. Already, provocative questions are being asked and discussed. Lives are being changed, and necessary conversations are happening.
Today, I’m honored to be on the “Setting the Record Straight: Pagans and the Press” panel moderated by journalist Beth Winegarner. I’m anticipating it will be recorded, and will share it with you here as soon as I can. I’m also hoping to assemble some audio interviews with various Pagans at the convention this weekend. For now, it’s back into the fray from the solitude of my hotel room, back to the work of seeing what my own narrative will be for this time.