Another great year on Popham Beach
is in the history books!
Thank you everyone!
It was another amazing day on Popham Beach this year. The weather was perfect (not to hot, not to cold), the turn-out was good, and everyone had a great time.
A special thanks to Tip Massaro and his wonderful family for all their hard work and contributions of food. The burgers and dogs were delicious and much appreciated!
Also (as always) thank you to all the drummers for keeping us dancing throughout the afternoon – your rhythms were amazing, and added much to the day.
Thank you again to Michael Berube for being our resident photographer and recorder of the day. You pics are always incredible, and we appreciate you.
Finally, a special thanks to everyone who participated in the ritual this year. It is always an incredible experience to work with you all – from planning the day weeks in advance, to pulling together something that everyone enjoys. You are all a source of light in the pagan community.
Next year, Beltane on the Beach will be happening again, on the first Sunday in May.
Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
Stop By The Welcome Tent
Stop by the Welcome Tent near the entrance – there you can find the Treasure Table and a name badge station with colorful badges.
Visit EMPPA’s Red Tent
The EMPPA (The Eastern Maine Pagan Pride Association) will be returning once again with their Red Tent . Back by popular demand! Click here to visit the Schedule page to see what else is going on.
Remember Your Beach Gear
Don’t forget to bring everything you will need for a day of fun at the beach. Sun screen, blankets and Frisbee’s are good. Want to build a sand-castle? Popham is great for that! Bring your buckets and shovels and any other fun beach activities. And remember to bring your drum and join in the drumming!
Please leave your kites at home however, as Popham Beach is a protected sanctuary for nesting sea birds of various types, and the kites make them very upset. The Park officials have asked us specifically NOT to fly kites during our event.
As far as clothing is concerned, remember it can sometimes be windy and a bit cold on Popham Beach, so layers are key.
Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints…
Please remember that we are guests on Popham Beach, and we take that responsibility seriously! Please bring a trash bag (shop-n-save bag, or any old plastic or paper bag will do) and make sure you do not leave any trash or debris behind. There are trash-cans near the bathrooms and in the parking lot. Also remember that it is illegal to remove anything from the beach, so the driftwood and seashells will have to stay behind – sorry.
If you haven’t been before, or are not sure exactly how to find Popham Beach, you can click here to go to our Directions page, complete with traditional directions, and the address to use for your GPS.
Do you or your group want to do more?
If you or your organization are interested in volunteering at Beltane on the Beach, we are always happy to accept help. 🙂 We will need volunteers to set up and manage the pot-luck lunch, to help set up and run the Maypoles, and to help clean up and comb the beach when we are all done. If you would like to pitch-in, just click here to go to our contact page, and tell us more about how you would like to help. Thanks!
The Treasure Table Is Back!
The Treasure Table will be available again this year at the Welcome Tent! Bring your gently-used Pagan or Pagan-themed treasures that you wish to pass along. You needn’t bring anything to take something home if you find an item you like.
Clean-Up Volunteers Needed!
As always, we will try very hard this year to “take only pictures, and leave only footprints”. With several hundred people converging on Popham Beach, there will be a lot of leftover “stuff” that will need to be cleaned up. Most importantly we ask everyone to police their own area, and make sure you collect any trash or other debris left over from mealtime etc.
We are also asking for volunteers who will agree to stay until at least the end (around 5:00pm) to help ensure that nothing has been left behind. We want to make sure that we will be welcomed back next year!