Pagan Thanksgiving in Chicago (Wheeling) November 27-29th, 2009

On behalf of my friends in the Officers of Avalon.......


Forget the cooking! Relax and unwind! Here’s an opportunity to spend time with those of like mind and spirit for Thanksgiving!

Bring your family and friends; all are welcome to join us for a fun-filled weekend at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling, IL.

Our featured speaker is Rev. Angie Buchanan; one of the Founders and Directors of Earth Traditions and Gaia’s Womb.

Angie holds a seat on the Executive Board for The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, (www.parliamentofreligions.org), and will share with us the important work of the Parliament and her involvement in it.

As one of the largest, oldest, and most well respected interfaith
organizations in the world, the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions focuses on topics such as preservation of indigenous traditions, healing the Earth, nurturing relationships among people of religious difference, and providing a framework for obtaining a just, peaceful and
sustainable future, Angie reminds us that these are Pagan principles, values, and concepts and that our voices are essential in these discussions.

Angie will be leaving our gathering to attend the convening of the Parliament in Melbourne Australia, December 3-9, 2009, with an expected attendance of 8000 to 10,000 people from all over the world. The theme of this event is "Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth".

Throughout the weekend, we'll provide some community meals and a meeting space. We'll even have children's activities for Saturday during the day so you can sneak off for some shopping or quiet adult time to enjoy the indoor pool and extensive fitness center.


Schedule :
Arrivals at the hotel on November 26 or 27th, at your leisure. Let us know if you're coming in Thursday so we can make reservations for you to join us for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Friday, Nov 27th
4 pm - 7 pm - Meet and greet with a cash bar
7 pm - 9 pm - Workshop - to be announced



Saturday Nov 28th

Breakfast on your own

9 am - noon - Crafting and Lore Workshops

12:00 noon - lunch is served! Gather to organize for the day's outings

2 pm - 4:30 pm - Crafting and Lore Workshops

6 pm - Dinner Banquet & Silent Auction
Speaker: Angie Buchanan
Rally round and lend a hand, raising funds to help lighten the expense of sending 4 Pagan Leaders to Australia for the Parliament event!

A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to help Angie Buchanan, Drake Spaeth, Margot Adler and Phyllis Curott cover their travel expenses necessary to attend and speak at this international event.

Bid on wonderful items, and feel free to bring something to be bid upon! Get your holiday shopping done early! It takes a Village!

Sunday Nov 29th
9:00 am - We end the weekend with a sumptuous Sunday Brunch Buffet.

Registration Cost: $100 per adult; $40 per child under 12; Under 2 is free.

Banquet Only : $50 per adult, $20 per child under 12; Under 2 is free

To Register, please go to: http://officersofavalon.com/event/offic ers-of-avalon-first-anual-get-together-r egistration.html
Very important note : Hotel rooms are $79.00 per night but, reservations MUST BE MADE by Nov 4th!!! The rate is significantly higher after that.
Hotel registration link : http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGrou psWeb/booking/reservation?id=0903030372&k ey=D179A


Don’t get stuck in the same old boring Thanksgiving rut!
Let's have fun and help out with a good cause!

Area attractions: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/area/index.html?propertyID=1724

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