Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summertime Picnic for Witches- The Pagan Picnic

Yesterday my husband and I loaded up our car with my big Rubbermaid tote full of copies of all 12 of my books, a cooler, lawn chairs, bug spray, sunscreen, my coven sister and fellow author Ember Grant - her books and chair and cooler, and then caravanned out to Tower Grove Park in downtown St. Louis-- with another friend of ours Heather, to attended the 19th annual Pagan Picnic.
Heather, Ellen & Ember

For once, the weather was lovely. Last year it was 100 degrees and the humidity was sky high. This year it was in the high 80’s and a breeze would come through occasionally. Very nice! Ember and I decided to just do one day at the Picnic this year. Last year the heat was so intense it was a miserable two days. Plus I always sell more books on Saturday and very few on Sundays- so this was a simple decision for me.

We arrived at the park before 9:00am had help hauling our stuff in. Ember and I set straight to work setting up our books at our assigned tables at the authors row. My friend Heather had never been to the picnic before so she was thrilled with all the vendors and the sheer size of the event. So she and my husband Ken, went out to go look at all the vendors and Ember and I settled in and got to work. I should have brought more copies of Practical Protection Magick with me. I had 20 copies and sold half of them in the first hour and a half. I set the rest aside for after my lecture- as I knew I’d have a big surge of people immediately following.

Sometimes I’ll bring copies of Autumn Equinox and they sit on the table- ignored due to the fact that its summer and not fall. My book Elements of Witchcraft is the same. Sometimes I sell few of them and other years they get snapped up quickly… So it’s a guessing game. Yesterday folks were in a book buying mood. As I started out with over 60 books and brought home less than 10 by the time the afternoon was over.
Llewellyn Authors at the Picnic: Ember Grant, Ellen Dugan & Melanie Marquis
Anyway, we had a great time. I met lots of wonderful fans and my lecture on Protection Magick was packed. I met new Llewellyn author Melanie Marquis, and got to see Raven Emyrs again. Here we are mugging for the camera.
Ellen and Raven Emyrs
All in all one of the better Picnics I have attended. Around 4:00pm the picnic was winding down for the day so we packed up and headed out to get Mexican food for dinner- which has become a standing tradition with my husband and I for the past 4 years. This year we took Ember out to dinner and the three of us each ordered a huge margarita with our meal.
 
So we wound down relaxed and enjoyed our dinner and then headed for home. Today I have to start some articles for the 2013 Witches Calendar and Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac, and catch up on laundry, work in the gardens and go to the grocery store. (Ah… real life has to intrude again.)
I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the picnic. Happy almost-summer!

Blessed  be, Ellen

2 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a wonderful time !! It's nice to meet nice people and enjoy the company of friends.
    Have a great weekend.

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