It’s almost here, the craziest time of the year for just about everything that I’m interested in. October is the month for all things paranormal, Halloween, and Samhain. If I had the time, money, and stamina I could probably find an interesting event going on every single day in the month of October! There is a lot of stuff happening, and I figured now was a good time to give you all the rundown in case you’re looking for some neat stuff to do next month.
First off, guess what? October marks the fifth year anniversary of The Magical Buffet! Can you believe I’ve been doing this for five years now? Man, five years and I still haven’t achieved global domination. What’s up with that?
October 1 & 2, 2011
3rd Annual Northern New York Paranormal Expo
Yes, the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society is putting on their third paranormal expo in Plattsburgh, NY. This year the event is in a new location, the Crete Civic Center. However due to some bouncing around with the timing of the event, for the first time since the NNYPRS started doing expos I won’t be attending the event. I know I’ll be missing out because their list of speakers for the event is fantastic. Buffet favorites Gordie Little and Paul Bartholomew will be there, the NNYPRS Tech Council will be doing what I’m sure will be another entertaining and informative presentation, Champy expert Scott Mardis (who has been featured on “MonsterQuest”) will be speaking, for the first time ever the NNYPRS will be doing a live reveal of their latest investigation of the Kent-Lord House (a purportedly haunted museum in Plattsburgh, NY), and more! And by more I mean loads of vendors, psychics and a large children’s area.
For more information, visit the Northern NY Paranormal Research Society website.
October 1, 2011
The Everyman’s Guide to Protective Magick: Religion, Folklore & Myth at Muse Gifts & Books
This is what I’m doing on Saturday October 1st! I’ll be at Muse Gifts & Books located at 157 Main Street (Route 101) Marlborough, NH from 1-3:00pm giving my talk, hanging out, and shopping. The store created an event on Facebook that has this description of the event.
“Join metaphysical blogger extraordinaire, Rebecca Elson, founder and publisher of “The Magical Buffet” for a special workshop: “The Everyman’s Guide to Protective Magick: Religion, Folklore & Myth”. Discover the rituals, talismans, and means by which the peoples of various cultures have employed throughout history to ward off negative entities and energies. In celebration of The Magical Buffet’s 5th Anniversary, admission is only $5! Seating is limited, so reserve yours now at: 603-876-4242.”
I’d love to see you guys there!
October 2, 2011
ISIS Paranormal Radio Interview
On Sunday October 2nd at 6:00pm eastern I will be a guest on ISIS Paranormal Radio. Hosts Dayna Winters and Patricia Gardner had me on years ago and it was one of my favorite interviews ever. We recently reconnected after their (along with Angela Kaufman) first book, “Wicca: What’s the Real Deal?” was published. Their radio show is online and it’s free to tune in. If you’re home at your computer, why not tune in?
October 15, 2011
“Wicca: What’s the Real Deal?” Book Signing
Hey, speaking of Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman….on Saturday October 15th from 12-3:00pm they will be at Spindle City Market, located at 302 Ontario Street Cohoes, NY signing copies of their book “Wicca: What’s the Real Deal?” I hear supplies of their book may be limited, so if you’re interested in buying a copy you may want to try and get there early. I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it, but I would like to go and get a few photos with the ladies and get my book signed. I love signed copies of books!
October 21-23, 2011
From their website, “Albacon a weekend gathering in Albany, NY, of fans and creators of Science Fiction or Fantasy, including literature, movies, games, and other media. Join us for three days of panel discussions, interviews, films, games, readings, autographs, an art show, special events, a fabulous dealers room, debates, conversation, and socializing with people who share your interests!”
Not only am I attending, I am a program participant! I’m still not entirely sure what that means. More than likely this means I will be dazzling another group with my “Protection From Evil: Religion, Folklore, and Myth” presentation. I also volunteered to be part of whatever panel discussions they wanted to put me in, so there is probably that too. Better still, I won’t be at Albacon alone. I’ll have authors Deborah Blake and Nancy Holzner (both program participants) to get into trouble with! If you’re in the area, come on down and have some fun with us!
For more details visit the Albacon website. UPDATE: Albacon 2011 has been cancelled. I plan on attending Celebrate Samhain that Saturday.
October 22, 2011
Readers may remember how much I loved attending Celebrate Samhain last year. I came straight home and marked the 2011 date on my calendar. Now you can imagine how cross I was to discover that Albacon had decided to shift the weekend of their event so that it now overlapped with Celebrate Samhain! Curses!
And even more curses because again for a stupidly low price you can spend the day shopping, listening to talks from Raven and Stephanie Grimassi, Christopher Penczak, Judika Illes, Dawn Hunt, and dancing to the live performance from Frenchy and the Punk (formerly known as The Gypsy Nomads)!
For all the details visit the Celebrate Samhain website.
Of course these are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot more than just this stuff going on! What events are you going to this October? Feel free to share events in the comments!