In response to festivant requests, the Earth House Project of Minnesota announced a Festival Layaway Program for Paypal registrants. Several participants reportedly approached members of Earth House’s Midsummer Gather last year and asked about the availability of a payment plan, and others said they had issues raising the registration fee all at once.
The Earth house plan allows participants who sign up through September to submit automatic payments of the total registration cost over 10 months. Registrants pay $13.00 a month until June through a subscription payment through Paypal . The plan will adjust payment amounts based on the remaining months before the 12th Annual Midsummer Gather, if registrants sign up after September. There is also a youth option for the Festival Layaway Program, children 10 and under attend free with any paid adult.
Earth House Project of Minnesota sponsors the Midsummer Gather at Eagle Cave Campground and the Coffee Cauldron every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Edge Coffee House and the Sacred Paths Center. Contact: 1 (877) 538-4121, email Earth House Project of Minnesota or visit www.EarthHouseMN.org for more information.
An online informal survey of national pagan events reveals few offer payment plans for event costs that are under $300, if at all. No definitive statistics are available about the use of payment plans to aid Pagans in budgeting for the festival experience or increase festival attendance.