Peterborough - 6th Annual Celebrate Samhain Event Honors Ancestors Past and Community Spirit

Peterborough, NH -- Celebrate Samhain invites the entire New England community to join in celebration of the harvest at the sixth annual Celebrate Samhain event.  Celebrate Samhain (pronounced sow-wen) is New England's premier Samhain festival, dedicated to the ancient Celtic celebration of the final harvest and "day of the dead". Filled with magic, music, crafts, and merriment, Celebrate Samhain offers something for everyone. Guests will be entranced by the bewitching music of a gypsy troupe; browse the wares of mystical vendors; learn something new in a variety of workshops; make and take home their own magical crafts; enlist a reading by a gifted intuitive; indulge in sumptuous harvest fare; and observe the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain in a traditional, Earth-centered ceremony that honors the ancestors and those who have gone on before.

This year Celebrate Samhain welcomes Keynote Speaker, esteemed author Judika Illes, who will offer a talk on "Secrets of Successful Spellcasting" and sign copies of her new release, "Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints and Sages: A Guide to Asking for Protection, Wealth, Happiness and Everything Else." Back by popular demand are authors Raven and Stephanie Grimassi of the House of Grimassi; New Hampshire's own award-winning author and Founder of the Temple of Witchcraft, Christopher Penczak; and renowned "Kitchen Witch" Dawn Hunt of Cucina Aurora. Admission to the event includes access to all workshops plus a rousing musical performance by perennial festival favorites, Frenchy & the Punk (formerly The Gypsy Nomads), described as a "genre-busting, non-traditional take on world cabaret, served with a twist of vaudeville and a dash of steampunk flavoring rooted in folk, punk and the vineyards of southern France."

Pagans from every state in New England and beyond filled the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church in 2010 and collected a record 400 pounds of food for the Peterborough Food Bank.  This year's event hopes to break that record, as well as collect donations of new winter clothing (mittens, hats, scarves, etc.) for the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church Mitten Tree Project.

Event goers will enjoy hot, delicious soups, subs, and goodies, hot drinks and healthy snacks, with sales from baked goods benefiting area community service organizations. Raffles drawn throughout the day, will include gift certificates to area shops, crafts and gifts from Celebrate Samhain vendors, and more. Celebrate Samhain – a festival commemorating the origins of Halloween – seeks to provide a fun and enlightening experience for the whole community.

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