Finally, my first PPD in the PNW! It was a crazy weekend, as I had been at the NW Fall Equinox Festival on the morning that this PPD was held. So, I got up that Sunday morning, packed up my vendor's booth and campsite, crammed everything into my Saturn (and crammed is accurate), and drove from Silver Falls to Portland (with a stop in Salem along the way for gas).
When I arrived at Oaks Park in Portland, it was still a beautiful day. It only took a moment to spot the large canopies that marked my first PNW PPD. I found the information booth and asked where my workshop was to be held. While waiting for the start of the workshop, I wandered around and visted with various vendors (including passing out a few samples of incense making kits). I ran into a newly minted friend from NWFEF and helped her set up the 9 Houses of Gaia information table.
The workshop was a lot of fun and quickly turned into standing room only. Making incense outdoors is always a challenge, but everyone handled it in stride. One incense maker was not able to use latex gloves, and I was only able to find one that wasn't latex, and she solidered through making cones with only 1 hand - what a trooper! Naturally, when I got home I found a dozen gloves she could have used, but they had been lost in the depths of my camping gear.
I hung around for about an hour after the workshop ended just to chat with a few people and to soak up the wonderful energy. I love PPD and have always given my time and donated supplies to make each one special and fun. I think it's an obligation for people like me to help make PPDs successful events. We benefit so much from the community that we need to give back. PPD is a great way to do that. Only 2 weeks until my next one in Salem, OR! I can't wait!!