Update: Lakeport park event cancelled due to prohibitive insurance costs which were added on later, as per city requirements. Online portion still on.
First, an offering…
Hail Flame Hair, Consumer of Modern Desserts!
Grant us your alchemy of dough and desire,
Sprinkle us with blessings even as this donut is adorned
With multi-colored sugary goodness.
Dip us in the sweet heat of the moment,
Allow us to savor life even as you savor this goodie.
Hail Silver Tongue, may this edible monstrosity grace your tastebuds,
May it provide complete satiation for your infinite appetites.
Please accept this crisp and creamy offering as a token of our devotion.
Please look favorably on our preparations for LokiFest CA in your honor!
Then the narrative. Frustrations first.
Event insurance and city bureaucracy. The City of Lakeport wants ONE WORD removed from a policy document that runs over 300+ pages for an event lasting less than twelve hours. If the insurance company declines, the event is cancelled. The city won’t approve it. I’ve made the appropriate request for policy revision. Now I guess I wait.
I’m not good at waiting…
Food vendors. I haven’t secured any yet. I keep getting “no.”
Retail vendors. Though I have secured several “yeses,” I don’t have applications or checks yet to let me know they are really committed. Emotionally, I’m chewing my nails as I send out reminder emails.
Sound system and sound person. Still elusive, though I have a lead or two.
Musicans. Still attempting to confirm. They are limited to original or public domain music.
The good news.
The online portion of LokiFest CA. This is a free event which will run for three hours a day, from August 5-9, is shaping up nicely. So far, our presenters include Diana Paxson, Dagulf Loptson, Kyaza, and Silence Maestas. I feel honored to have their participation in this new effort. (And I’ll do something about the results of my spectrosexuality/god spouse survey.) There is space still for a presenter or two!
Local volunteers. They’re starting to emerge from the Lake County community. Thank goodness! My co-producer, Verge Belanger, co-host of Pagan World Views on KPFZ 88.1 FM, and I can’t do this alone! (Catch Verge’s show via live stream on Thursdays from 11 AM – 1 PM.) Verge’s friends and contacts are the people who are volunteering, so that’s amazing and great. Thank you all!
Raffle donations. At least two people from the Lokean community are donating prizes for the gift baskets. All money earned from the raffle will go to the new safe house for transgender youth, run by Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco and The Troth Red Hammer Fund.
And so it goes. As crazy as this all feels right now, it’s an honor to be in service to my patron deity in this way. Weird how my heart lifts even as I write these words!
More news soon! Hail Loki!