Protogrove of the Valley Oak, ADF!
Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 11am
Madrone Group Picnic Area (just north of Stevens Canyon Rd. & Mt. Eden Rd.)
Stevens Creek County Park, Cupertino, CA 95014
Come join the Druids of Protogrove of the Valley Oak, ADF
(Ár nDraíocht Féin's newest Northern California group)
for a very special Bealtainne ritual and BBQ
as we honor Aine and Aengus Og,
and make our grand debut into the Bay Area pagan community!
Rev. Sean Harbaugh (ADF Clergy, ADF Mother Grove member, ADF Northwest Regional Druid, Chief of Clann na nGael (ADF's Gael Kin),
and co-founder/Scribe/former Senior Druid of our sister Grove, Sierra Madrone Grove, ADF) will be joining us to lead ritual;
we'd love to see you there as well!
We'll be gathering at 10:30am at the Madrone Group Picnic Area in Stevens Creek County Park in Cupertino. Ritual will begin promptly at 11am, and you're welcome to bring along any items that you might like to offer during ritual; alcohol *is* allowed at this location & may be used as offerings, it just can't be consumed within 10 yards of the parking lot.
We have the picnic area reserved until 6pm, so after ritual, we'll be having a post-ritual bbq/potluck.. please join us! Beverages (water, juices, soda; anything else you'll have to bring yourself) will be provided (please be kind to the Earth Mother and bring a reusable cup/dishes) and we'll have the BBQ fired up so feel free to bring something to cook; we'll be BBQing and just hanging out with the Earth Mother and each other and enjoying the afternoon. The area is partly shaded, and there are are horseshoe pits as well as plenty of room for tossing a frisbee or football, and we do have our own restrooms right nearby as well.
**Important Note** There is a $6 parking fee charged by the Park (the pay station is near the reservoir & each car is responsible for taking care of their own parking fee), and there is very limited parking in our picnic area. While there are spots along the road here and there where you can park, none are especially close to the picnic area, so carpooling is going to be a VERY good idea. If you arrive and find the parking spots full, park where you can; we can always shuffle vehicles around later when people need to leave. And if need be, we'll arrange for someone to follow drivers back to the parking area near the reservoir so they can park their car there, & then bring them back to the picnic area.. we'll make it work! ;)
The Madrone picnic area is in Stevens Creek County Park in Cupertino, CA, south of Stevens Creek Reservoir and just a bit north of the intersection of Stevens Canyon Road and Mt. Eden Road (if you plan to use GPS, please use this intersection as your destination; some GPS tend to send you to the wrong park if you just look for Stevens Creek County Park). Once you're on Stevens Canyon Road (click here for a map and more directions), drive south past the reservoir; the driveway up to our picnic area will be on your left and will have balloons and a sign on the gate so you won't be able to miss us! Come on up the driveway to the parking area, and voila! There you are! If you get to the intersection of Stevens Canyon Road and Mt. Eden Road, turn around; you went too far.
We hope you'll join us on this very exciting day as we celebrate our first Bealtainne together!