Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fundraising Auction in Montreal This Saturday Night

If you're in Montreal this weekend, don't forget to drop by the fundraising auction for Gaia Gathering happening this Saturday night at the Atwater Library Auditorium.

Gaia Gathering Fundraising Auction
Saturday February 4th, 8pm – 10:30 pm
Doors open at 7:30 for viewing the items
Atwater Library Auditorium
1200 Ave. Atwater
Montreal, QC
(metro Atwater)

The auditorium is conveniently located down the street from Le Mélange Magique and across the street from Burgers and Benedicts where the Yule Fair Dinner with their invited authours will be taking place. We have some great products and services donated by talented folks from our community that will make fabulous Yule gifts. There will also be light refreshments.

So why are we raising funds and what will you find at the auction…?

Putting on a conference like this costs a lot of money andinvolves a lot of volunteers to make sure it runs smoothly. To keep registration costs low, everyone attending the conference must pay the registration fee ($80-100), even those who are volunteering. The money raised from the fundraising auction will be going directly to subsidize the registration fees of volunteers who are donating their time and talents to make Gaia Gathering in Montreal a success. The discounts will be retroactive discounts based on the time and effort put in by volunteers. If any funds are leftover, they will go to thetravel scholarship fund created to help out-of-towners attend the event.

The auction items have been donated by the talented members of the Montreal community, and include:

  • Crystal bowl ($200 value)
  • Have your portrait drawn
  • Storytelling concert
  • CDs and books (signed by the authours)
  • Reiki, massage and other holistic healing sessions
  • Original artwork, sculpture, photography
  • Jewelery
  • Henna session
  • Gaelic courses
  • And much more…

Some of the items will be available for viewing at the Yule Fair. We will also have a table where you can register for Gaia Gathering ($80,cash or cheque) or ask questions about the event.

The auctioneers for the evening will be Taras Stasiuk and François Champagne.The auction will be bilingual. Doors open at 7:30pm and the auction kicks off at 8pm.

So come on out and pick up some great gifts for Yule, while supporting the volunteers helping to make Gaia Gathering in Montreal a success!

Hope to see you at the fair and at the auction!

Amanda,Alex N, Hobbes, Melanie, Scarlet
The GG 2011 Montreal Local Host Committee

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Help Spread the GG Word During Yule

With the start of the Yuletide season upon us, many communities are throwing Yule fairs, Yule rituals or Yule-focused social gatherings. Also witchy and Pagan shops see increased traffic during the Yule season. This is a perfect opportunity to spread the word about Gaia Gathering to many people, so we'd like to ask for your help.

We've uploaded some basic Gaia Gathering posters and flyers that can be put up, handed out, or left out at these Yule gatherings. They can also be put up in shops and venues that are likely to have a Pagan clientele. We'd be grateful if you could print out and distribute some of the posters and fliers in your communities.

To download the full page poster, click here. This poster is best put up at events, in shops and on large community bulletin boards. It's currently in English only.

To download the 1/4 page fliers, click here. These will print out four per page and will need to be cut following printing. If you live in a bilingual community we recommend printing English on one side and French on the other. These fliers are best left on event tables, pinned to bulletin boards in small stacks (so folks can take one home), left near the cash registers in stores, or handed out at events.

To download the registration brochure, click here for English or here for French. These are designed to print recto-verso and be folded. These are best left on event tables.

If you own a shop, we'd love it if you would put up a poster on your community bulletin boards and keep some small fliers near your cash. If you do, let us know so we can include you on our list of supporter on our web site (coming soon!).

Thank you so much for your help. Montreal promises to be a great conference. We look forward to seeing you there!