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Detroit Harvest Festival: How Some Heathens Are Giving Back To Their Community


Xander is a student of Anthropology, and a general history nerd. He focuses on studying Heathen Lore and reconstructing the fragments of the ancient traditions, in order to see how they can be applied to a modern community of believers.

The Northern Mist Kindred, a group of Detroit-area Heathens, will be assisting in a collective charity drive this weekend. The second of its kind this year, the festival will showcase a number of local performance artists and craftspeople along with assorted fun and games. The festival will take place in Green Acres Park, and is open to the public.

ancientfaithslogoThe entire event is being organized by the Ancient Faiths Alliance, an interfaith organization with a predominantly Pagan perspective. Under their banner, a number of Pagan and Heathen groups have come together in an effort to help build up the local community. We spoke with the Ancient Faiths Alliance’s Vice President, Kyle Coviak, to learn more about how many groups were involved with this community building effort.

“Members from Michigan Pagan Fest and the Universal Society of Ancient Ministries will be there teaching classes and volunteering, Northern Mist Kindred will be running amok with kids games such as hammer-toss and broom racing, Great Lakes Witches Council will be on hand to do a vendor blessing before the event, and finally, the Phoenix Cafe and its artist community will be there showcasing their art as well as providing live entertainment!”  -Kyle Coviak


There is no set fee to join in the fun, but event organizers recommend bringing either a canned food item or $1. These, as well as the proceeds from various sales, raffles, and donations, will be divided among three charity organizations. The Hazel Park Promise Zone, which helps Michigan residents in lower-income families to be able to access and afford a college education. The Pagan Scholarship Fund, which provides a yearly scholarship award to young polytheists who wish to attend University or Technical schools. As well as Pagans In Need, a Pagan owned and run Food Bank based out of Lansing.

Details: What do? When

The full schedule of events can be found HERE, but some of the day’s highlights include:

11:30-1:00- Family Scavenger Hunt

2:00-2:30- Rebel A’s Acoustic Rock Concert

3:30-4:00- Hazel Park Promise Zone Raffle

14341719_1612582839039931_74551344_nThese are just a few options out of dozens of events, many of which are family oriented with multiple activities for children or all ages to choose from at any given time! With so much to do, this collaborative event is a great way to spend a day as a family while giving a little something back to your local community.


September 17th from 11:00-7:00

Green Acres Park

899 W Mapledale Ave, Hazel Park, Michigan 48030

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