New 2015 Witches’ Ball Sponsor Eclectic Artisans Wiccan & Pagan Marketplace

Eclectic Artisans Wiccan & Pagan Marketplace
Fine Goods for the Magical & Mundane
Eclectic Artisans, a trusted leader of divine handmade pagan, wiccan, new age and metaphysical supplies. Eclectic Artisans is the first pagan specific marketplace of its kind that allows people to join and sell high quality and unique hand crafted pagan products, such as, custom made ritual tools, spell supplies, magical components, books, jewelry, and more! Eclectic Artisans is a hybrid marketplace that offers both an outlet to find one of a kind products made by local pagans, as well as an online shop that showcases and sells your magical necessities too. Come see for yourself why Eclectic Artisans has become an international leader in supplying the pagan community with fine goods for the magical & mundane!

New 2015 Midwest Witches’ Ball Vendor & Sponsor Autumn Moon

Autumn Moon
Candles, Art & Mystical Crafts
My name is Christina Davis. As a fantasy artist, I paint faeries, mermaids, Steampunk and Pagan themed art. As a designer, I create unique handmade jewelry pieces, hand-poured soy jar candles, glass luminaries, seasonal items, home accents and more!   Sign up for our newsletter, “The Autumn Moon Twinkle,” to get up to date info on new products and art as well as show dates and sales!

New 2015 Midwest Witches’ Ball Sponsor The Magick Hat

The Magick Hat
Magick Happens, Under the Hat
Merry Meet! The Magick Hat was developed to help those on their spiritual path, to find the items they need to ensure a Magickal journey is never out of reach. Our philosophy follows that one should never have to search far to find the items needed to aid in your spiritual journey. As our guests, feel comfortable here, return often, enjoy the experience, may it always be as wonderful as is the natural joys of life. Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again!

2014 Michigan Pagan of the Year Jacki Smith

Once upon a time there was a young witch with a great desire to help people. And not just a few people.
She wanted to be global in her reach, yet personal in her message.
This little witch was innocent enough to believe her dream was possible and didn’t spend much time questioning the validity of her vision. She just kept on heading toward it ignoring naysayers, personal challenges and those nasty failures that popped up here and there.
She also invited and welcomed many to join her. It was her way. She loved to share, solve problems and cheer people on.

So started the wonderful, wild and sometimes unexpected journey of Jack Smith the little witch that could.
Many of you know Jacki and her brain child, Coventry Creations. Many of you have witnessed the highs and lows, but nobody knows just how dedicated Jacki is to her dream. Nobody knows just how much Jacki put on the line to bring her vision into the world.
To Jacki, sacrifices are part of the deal. There is no bitterness, only inspiration, character building and a whole lot of redirecting energy to where it’s needed to keep moving forward.
Jacki has a lot of raw talent, charisma, and ingenuity and that’s what it took to get Coventry Creations and her Blessed Herbal Candles off the kitchen stove and into your hands. Way back in 1990 when she was putting her ideas together, she used pot and pans, PVC tubing, herbs, oils and wax to create her first candles. Even though she thought they were the ugliest candles she’d ever seen, they were also the most beautiful because they represented hope and answers for the people she made them for.
Jacki’s Blessed Herbal candles are still made with the same recipes she divined years ago and they still bring hope, change and answers to the people who use them. They are real magic. She started with 18 unique recipes and over the years has created hundreds more. As Jacki learned more about the world she knew she had to honor all the different paths if she is to be the woman who spreads her message globally. That’s when you started seeing World Candles, Goddess Candles, Witches Brew Candles, Moon Magic Candles, and Hoo Doo Candles in the stores. She tried and continues to try to reach everyone where they are, so they can all benefit from Coventry Magic.
By now you’re thinking, what is her message? What has Jacki been learning, refining and sharing since 1990? She started out with, “we create our own reality”, but then knew she needed to teach and demonstrate how that worked. Candles were the perfect tool for that. They embodied all the elements. We could use the flame as a focal point and the blessings on the label gave us a positive direction.
Then came the books. First there was Coventry Magic where she “spelled” it out in black and white how you can use candles to bring about the changes you needed to improve your life. The magical instructions are complete, inventive and very effective. All you had to add was YOU.
Then after twenty years of being an intuitive reader and healer, Jacki was grabbed by the Akashic records and learned to take her healing and guidance to a very lofty place. Candles are still an important tool for manifesting, but the Akashic records became the Holy Grail to uncovering and healing our past so our magic making is cleaner and longer lasting and much more rewarding. Of course she has made this information available to you. Her book DIY Akashic Wisdom was the next level of her message.
Jacki has been in our community, the Pagan community longer than some of you have been alive, sorry Jacki, but you’re going to have to face the fact that you’ve blazed a trial for us and that takes time. You have been an example of faith, courage and generosity for us. You’re a leader, teacher, counselor, and a friend. Your creativity brought us all magical tools we can use to become stronger, more focused and purposeful in our lives. We thank you and we honor your dedication to bringing your vision alive and believing that we all have what it takes to become magic makers in our own right.

Having a ball at the Michigan-Midwest Witches Ball 2014

By Mistress Belladonna

This Saturday, Oct 18, your friendly neighborhood ink slinging Detroit Paganism Examiner was allowed to cover the Michigan-Midwest Witches Ball, and what night it was. The Midwest Witches Ball Committee worked hard to create an amazing night for the Pagan community that included music, food, dancing, and pageantry. All the glamor and home spun fellowship that makes this truly the Pagan Prom for Metro Detroit. Since 1995, this event has been getting better and bigger.

The evening started with the reality dawning that once the threshold was crossed to the Royalty House, attendees were entering another world. Opening the wooden doors, one was immediately surrounded by festooned decorations that highlighted the costumed groups passing through the foyer. The “Into The Woods” theme was well represented by a league of Little Red Riding Hoods, Princes, Wolves, and more.

The first stop was the greeting by some of the friendliest event security staff this writer has encountered in a long time. All smiles and professionalism, they were extremely well organized and kept the event on track. Pagan Standard Time, that horrible bad habit that has acquired a name, had no foothold here. Strict enforcement of the over 21 policy assured that everyone could rest easy that the libations could flow fast and free with maturity ruling the decorum.

Seven o’clock was the magick hour, when the doors were flung open wide to allow the entering crowds to experience the beautiful live performance of local singer and songwriter Amy Saari. A talented vocalist, her dulcet tones and stylings blessed the hall with an unwordly quality. Emotion choked her at one point when she was thanking Gordon Ireland and the ball for featuring her. It was one of those moments where you remember that this is a real event for real people.

DJ John Bommarito then took over after her performance with a wild mix that included ambient, house, goth, oldies, and more. The dance floor rocked with line dances and hustles, as well as individual couples dances. One of the most spectacular highlights of the evening was when the spiral dance got so wild that it spilled into the hallway through one door and passed back into the dance hall through the other one. Watching those elated faces flash by in all their finery was amazing. The line seemed endless, as the whirl of perfumes and laughter created a palpable kef.

Admittedly, a goodly portion of that glee came from the open bar it can be assured. The colas and ambers flowed and flourished with dapper bartenders with quick and savvy service. Generous to the core, the community made sure these guardians of the grain arts had full tip bowls. And they deserved every dime. By including the open bar in the admission, it was a boon to tipping.

Reverend Gerrybrete Leonard of the Universal Society of Ancient Ministry was the hostess with the mostest. She served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening and was an absolute blast. She turned it out. She was witty, clever, sometimes irreverent, and had the crowd eating out of her hand. She very much owned her space and represented the board as a star. She entertained and went on this night’s journey with 440 attendees.

This year, the Michigan Pagan of the Year award was given a new name this year. It will now be known as the “The Merlyn”. And the winner was….Jacki Smith. Local business woman and philanthropist witch, she is a beloved pillar of the community. Congratulations Jacki.

The crowning of the King and Queen was a jolly romp in hilarity. After the nominees were brought forth, the crowd watched as they competed in the obligatory limbo contest. That’s right, limbo, complete with dancing pole bearers. After a vote of applause, this year’s royalty was chosen as King Kyle and Queen Mardoll. Crowns donated by Witches of Michigan completed the ceremony. All hail the reigning royalty.

The board for the ball consists of Gordon Ireland, Paula Ireland, Arwen Starda, Gerrybrete Leonard, Patrick Leonard, and Andrea Priebe-fields. These are the people who made this happen. But also not to be forgotten are the legions of volunteers, the generous vendor sponsors , the well wishers, and the attendees who came together to create a special moment in time that allowed everyone to rejoice and celebrate life and each other. The staff at the Royalty House must also be counted among this number, as their service and facilities were superb. And the polished working of Toby Wolf of Back 9 GraFX for the Sponsor Banners was top notch.

The sparkling crowd was able to preserve the moments through the mastery of event photographer Glenn Brown of Tri Dragon Photography. Shots of individual instances to remember found him expertly documenting history through his lens. His striking images are well known throughout the area for their composition and the stories behind them. If you get a chance, try to catch one of his classes. His smudge class changed the life of this writer.

The spectacular altar for the event was provided by Wolf Run Wildlife & Spiritual Sanctuary. Based near Remus, Michigan, this charity and nature preserve generously hand fashioned at huge wooden altar box, complete with a wood burned wolf image and phases of the moon. The box itself was stocked with mead, glasses, herbs, blends, ritual tools, and a glass containers of magical goodness. Proceeds from the raffle for the altar went to The Michigan Pagan Scholarship. Stan Newcombe ( Grey Wolf ) makes a tall shadow in Michigan, as his tireless and selfless work through his Community Education Program and Environmental Awareness Program.

Pagans In Need was in the house, collecting for the charity at the event. Donations of canned goods and nonperishable items were in good hands when they are in charge. This organization has carried out its mission and changed the lives of countless here in Southeast Michigan with material, and other, support and services.

For the foodie in all of us, there was an endless spread of culinary yumminess. Savory and sweet, herby and tart, all palates could find something to satisfy. The vegetarians were not neglected either. In many events, they receive no consideration was taken to include a good array of tastes. The addition of peppery notes was a welcome surprise. This was all followed by the sweet sensations of Master cake artists Kitchen Witch Creations, also lovingly known as the Biker Baker. For those of us getting married in the next year, this is definitely on the tasting list. This crew is humorous as they are talented and had this columnist laughing all night.

Because here in the Land of the Fresh Water Seas we take our safety seriously, the Ball provided shuttle service to the Baymont Inn & Suites from the event. By working together, the hospitality industry here was able to provide a good end to a great event, event going so far as to give a group discount rate for the affairs attendees. The goal was to stay alive on the drive, so those who needed it found it to be, quite possibly, a true lifesaver.

Once the music was done, and the sweeping begun, many weary souls made their way back through the portals to the waiting night. The sound of laughter and the overheard plans for room parties filled the parking lot. And for a moment, it seemed that the parking lot lights seemed to make a halo around the venue as if to say “Well done”.

Next year’s theme will be Magick and Mayhem. The King and Queen shall return to hand over their rulership, and a new Michigan Pagan of the Year shall be chosen. And a new Pagan Prom will be upon us. Well done, everyone, well done.

Blessed Be.

Witches Ball 2014 What a GREAT PARTY!!!

Merry Meet All!

I just wanted to say on behalf of myself and the members of the Midwest Witches Ball Committee, thank you to all who attended our ball. Thank you to all the vendors that participated in the ball. And thank you to all those who made donations to the Ball!

The Ball was a great success and we had a great time and we’re really looking forward to seeing you all, and doing it all again next year. This had 440 attendees, and we hope you all had a great time.

What an amazing night!

A gazillion thanks to Our Sponsors, without your generous contributions there would not be a ball.
Our Security Team – great job!
Our Staff – All volunteers who work their asses off all year to put this gig together
The Staff at the Royalty House
Glenn Brown of Tri Dragon Photography Our Photographer
Wolf Run Wildlife & Spiritual Sanctuary For the Altar
Witches of Michigan for this year’s King and Queen Crowns
Toby Wolf of Back 9 GraFX for the Sponsor Banners

A very special thanks to DJ John Bommarito! Dude, you absolutely rock. Everyone loved you and we hope you had half as much fun as you provided everyone else.

Congratulations Jacki Smith for being the recipient of the 3rd annual Michigan Pagan of the Year, which will be forever known as “The Merlyn”

What an amazing night.
What huge fun.
What a terrific crowd!
This was the BEST Witches Ball ever!

We thank each and every single one of you who bought a ticket and came to party. You are all truly the Life of the “Ball” in every way.

Hail Our New King & Queen. King Kyle & Queen Mardoll

See you next year for the 19th Annual Midwest Witches’ Ball
We’re going to be totally over the top with that one.
“Magick & Mayhem”

Thank You,
Thank You,
Thank You!

On behalf of the Midwest Witches’ Ball 2014 Board of Directors:
Paula Ireland
Gordon Ireland
Arwen Starda
Gerrybrete Leonard
Patrick Leonard

Thank you all so much and see you all at next years Ball!

Little Witches Ball fun for all

by Mistress Belladonna

Bright Blessings.

“It’s not fair,” said a small girl to her mother. And that is what started the seed in the mind of Reverend Gerrybrete Leonard of the Universal Society of Ancient Ministry to host a ball for the Pagan children of Southeastern Michigan this October. So, on October 10, a VFW hall was transformed by a team of dedicated volunteers from the Universal Society of Ancient Ministry, Witches of Michigan, and the Michigan Witch’s Ball.

Early in the day, a team of dedicated volunteers descended upon the little hall in Warren and made mundane magic happen. Black and orange streamers, decorations and wrist bands, and over 200 pounds of chocolate decked the place. Festive costumes, seemingly endless bowls of candy, and an empire of soft drinks were their mission to establish, and this they did well.

Admission for adults was $7.50, children were $5.00, and any guests of the discarnate variety were free of charge. Children boo-gied to the sounds of 80’s hits courtesy of a volunteer Disc Jockey. The affair lasted from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., but little eyes and faces were drooping around 9:45 that evening. All the pizza one could eat was also included in the entry fee.

Gordon Ireland was on hand to give his blessing to the event. As the face of the Midwest Witches Ball (Michigan Witches Ball), it was fitting that he bask in the joy of the event as the extension of his hard work and those of the volunteers who made it happen this year. Merlyn Firstborn and his lovely wife, known for Witches of Michigan, were on hand as well. Merlyn stood a vigilant, yet jubilant, watch over all as the children and families made merry.

The hit costume of the night was an ensemble enterprise. The evil queen from Snow White, the Dwarves, and even the Poison apple made an appearance that was not to be forgotten. Local Pagan and spiritual vendors also attended with their loved ones to make this a hit. This interfaith event welcomed all and Christian and Wiccan children partied into the night by this writers candy stash. A cache which was quite sizable, by the way.

This event is sure to become an treasured tradition. Next year, they are hoping to make it even bigger. Volunteers are always welcome. Well done, folks, well done.

Blessed Be.

As Printed in the Detroit Pagan Examiner

See Universal Society of Ancient Ministry for more Information

New 2015 Witches Ball Vendor & Sponsor Solace Healing Arts

Solace Healing Arts
Eden Energy Medicine
Calista Stafford
Calista, founder of Solace Healing Arts, has been practicing Eden Energy Medicine for over 10 years. Donna Eden’s approach to healing is to empower the client to learn to take their personal healing journey in their own hands. This method is a favorite of hers and she wants to assist others on their own healing journey knowing how it has empowered her own life. Calista can teach simple exercises to bring health, vitality, emotional stability and radiant joy into your everyday life. She uses muscle testing as a way to let your body guide her. Anyone with an issue – emotional, physical, mental or spiritual can benefit from this work as it relaxes and releases stress while moving energy. This is a process to bring change into your life. Calista is a clinical practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine and can do grid work supervised at this time.

Everybody Ready to Party!

Everybody Ready to Party!


October 18th 2014
7 pm – 1 am
Royalty House
8201 E 13 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48093-2164

Just a few notes before we all see each other in our finery at the party of the year! Woo hoo! Ready to go? Rest those feet, coz we’ll be doing some dancing!

The Midwest Witches Bazaar will be held during the day 9 am – 3pm (same location) This is a FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC EVENT.

Our artists and vendors will fill the Hall of The Royalty House with their Magickal Marketplace, a tempting bazaar of colors, smells, textures and sounds. They offer for sale the beautiful, the exotic and the magickal:

Buy your witchy gifts from that unique assortment of wares that you can only find together in one place — at the Witches’ Ball!

Early check-in, at which time you will pick up a wrist band that will allow you un-delayed entry at the gate on the night of the Ball. Bring your Ticket(s) to The Midwest Witches Bazaar and we will give you your wristband, program and raffle tickets for the Midwest Witches Ball, and no waiting in line to get in at the Ball.

Don’t forget your donation for the food drive (non-perishable). The container will be located at the entrance of both the Witches Bazaar and Witches Ball. Thank you in advance for helping those in need. All Contributions go to Pagans in Need

Don’t forget tip money for bartenders and our shuttle drivers, They do a great job, so show them some love.

Shuttle service will be available throughout the evening from the hotel to the hall and back.

We will be having a 50/50 raffle to raise money for the Michigan Pagan Scholarship second prize will be this year’s Altar Donated by Wolf Run Sanctuary

Nominations for King and Queen will be included with the program. Ballots counted at 11:00 with the contest soon to follow.

Door prizes provided by our very generous sponsors.

Let’s all do our part to make this a fun, safe and enjoyable event for everyone.

Don’t forget your ID and your tickets!

See you in a Month! 28 days and counting!

Gordon Ireland
2014 Midwest Witches’ Ball
“Into the Woods”