UMPA Annual Meeting and Anniversary Celebration

The Upper Midwest Pagan Alliance celebrated it’s fourth anniversary Saturday evening with a capacity crowd at the Sacred Paths Center.  Not only was the event packed with people, it was packed with activities.  Attendees were treated to entertainment by the ever popular Murphey’s Midnight Rounders and tribal dancing by Kamala Chaand.  UMPA held it’s annual meeting, where they ratified new by-laws and elected their officers for the next two years.  New officers are Bonnie Hanna-Powers, Gary Lingen, Bress Nicneven, Grace Morgan. and Joshua Adam Blesi.

The community also settled a long simmering dispute – who makes the best red sauce, Don from the Coven of the Standing Stones or Mistress Judy Olson?  Don won the competition handily, but many at the event said if you mix the two, it was better than each sauce alone.

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SPC Fundraiser Deemed a Success

Although the goal amount of $5000 was not reached, Sacred Paths Center’s No Need to Panic fundraiser was considered a success by organizers.  The event, attended by approximately 90 area Pagans, raised nearly $3000.  Official numbers have not yet been released, but board members say that $350 was raised through the Buy a Bowl dinner, $1700 from the silent and live auctions, and $950 from raffling off the emerald and matrix Goddess statue.  Damien Johnson, who was the emcee for the evening, auctioned off  items such as a basket of freshly picked vegetables, swords, a kitchen witch, and original works of art.

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Murphy’s Midnight Rounders – Interview and New CD

Attendees at Sacred Harvest Festival had multiple opportunities to listen to local favorite Murphy’s Midnight Rounders. Shortly before they performed at Ken Ra’s Grandfathering ritual on Saturday, band members Brad Murphy, Teresa Frank, and Bonnie Hanna-Powers sat down with the PNC. A few of the highlights of this almost 30 minute interview are:

You can listen to the interview here using Windows Media Player.   If your browser does not support that link or you do not have Windows Media Player – you can go here.

You can catch Murphy’s Midnight Rounders this Friday at 10:30pm at the Eagles Club in St Paul as they celebrate the release of their new CD,  “Running On Empty.”