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Locals Celebrate Religion; Stop Intolerance With Pagan Pride Festival in Dover

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Ivo Dominguez Jr. runs Bell, Book and Candle, a shop where pagans can buy everything from spells to magic books to candles. (Photo: WBOC) Ivo Dominguez Jr. runs Bell, Book and Candle, a shop where pagans can buy everything from spells to magic books to candles. (Photo: WBOC)
DOVER, Del.- Hundreds will travel to Dover this weekend for the annual Delmarva Pagan Pride Festival, but some local critics say they do not welcome the group.

Organizer Ivo Dominguez Jr. was preparing for the event on Wednesday.

"It's really a day where we have people from different magical and esoteric religious backgrounds come together. We have speakers; we have music; we have vendors; we have kids' activities. It's really an open air spiritual festival."

Dominguez also runs Bell, Book and Candle, a shop where pagans can buy everything from spells to magic books to candles. He said paganism is a fast-growing religion right here on Delmarva.

"There are probably three times as many pagans on the shore than there are Unitarians," Dominguez said. "Another way of looking at it is: how could this shop survive?"

Domiguez said there are many misconceptions circling about believers.

"One of Abraham's kids: whether Judaism, Christianity, or Islam assume if it's not one of those three branches that it has to be something related to ultimate evil," Dominguez said. "We all have different belief structures and it's not based in anything dark in any sense of the word."

"Still, some like Salisbury Pastor Luther Hill disagree, and say nothing positive can come out of the event."

"Pagans in the Bible usually deal with witchcraft and sorcery and those types of things," Rev. Hill said. "But even in the Bible when that type of thing has gone on, the power of God has always been victorious over it."

Nevertheless, Domiguez believes that is why the festival is important. He said at least it gets everyone talking.

Domiguez also says paganism is not a part of atheism, as many commonly believe.

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About the Delmarva Pagan Pride Festival:

Date: Aug. 23, 2009 

Location: Legislative Mall, Dover, Del. 

Time: Registration Table Opens: 9:30 am; Activities: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Featured Guests: Orion Foxwood & Jason Miller Musical Guest: Jenna Greene

Dancers: Doukissa & Arabian Lights

Other speakers include: Blyth, Kitty Bronson, Helena Domenic, Caroline Kenner and Michael G. Smith

Admission is free, however organizers do ask for a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank Of Delaware.

Attendees are also asked to bring a drum if you would like to participate in an opening ceremony drumming circle.

As always come prepared for the weather: sunscreen (or umbrella), bring a lawn chair or blanket or whatever you need to make your day more enjoyable.

The Delmarva Pagan Pride Festival is an annual non-profit event sponsored by The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel.

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