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SLPS gathered on Sunday, August 21, 2016 to pickle prolific peppers picked perkily. A great full moon activity, which is known as the sturgeon moon in August when sturgeon’s were most easy to catch during the moon. The society garden has been producing many peppers with jalapeno, shishito, anaheim, and serrano being the more abundant. Thai, tabasco, habanero, and ghost peppers have yet to yield.

A whole bucket was picked, with onions, garlic, green tomatoes, and tomatillos from the garden being added to the mixture, which contained the jalapeno, shishito, anaheim, and serranos. Honey and water were used to dilute the mixture and give it a slightly sweeter taste. 22 pints were produced, close to 3 gallons of pickled peppers!

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, bucket of peppers, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, April Love processing peppers, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, canning set up with mixture, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, Ashton Longhurst (l) and April Love filling jars, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, jars ready to be canned, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, processing jars, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, finished jars, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, completed mixture, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

 

SLPS attended the 5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, reading steampunk tarot and palm readings for the attendees. The convention was held at the Utah Cultural Center in West Valley from Friday, August 12-Sunday, August 14, 2016.

The convention featured many vendors and artist from across Utah and the West, with some driving in from Nevada, Colorado, and Washington. AnomalyCon, Denver’s steampunk and alternative history convention had a booth promoting their convention. Many people played with animals thanks to Creature Encounters who brought snakes, scorpions, hissing cock roaches, and tarantulas. Music and various performances as well as panels happened throughout the three days, ranging from Victorian weaponry and steampunk world building, to the fate of steampunk and airships building. A dead poet’s poetry slam saw dead poets rise from the grave to participate: Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare, Richard Brautigan, Johnny Cash and others. The top three were William Shakespeare, Johnny Cash and Richard Brautigan, with the final winner being Brautigan, who received $50.

A wonderful fashion show displayed historic costumes in almost pristine condition thanks to the Margot L. Shott Historic Fashion Collection from the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Fashion Institute. The dresses were owned by a wealthy woman and had a chance to survive instead of being worn out as many were by the common folk. The whole collection at SLCC contains about 1900 pieces of historical clothing.

Sunday brought a delightful race of airships. Contestants raced up and down the lawn of the cultural center between light polls, using airships built from cardboard. A farewell ceremony was held for the creator and organizer Nickoletta Sauniere who started the convention in 2012. No one has stepped up to take over, so the fate of the convention is in the air (like an airship!) until further notice, with many folks nervous that it may collapse and fade into Victorian history.

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Daniel Cureton, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Daniel Cureton, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Friday, artist alley hall, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Friday, artist alley hall, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, artist alley vendors, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, artist alley vendors, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, vendor hall, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, vendor hall, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Damsels in this Dress corset vendor in vendor hall, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Damsels in this Dress corset vendor in vendor hall, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, art show, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, art show, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Fashion Institute-Margot L Shott Historic Fashion Collection, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Fashion Institute-Margot L Shott Historic Fashion Collection, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, sign for fashion colleciton, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, sign for fashion colleciton, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion colleciton timeline sign, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection timeline sign, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection afternoon dress circa 1910, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection afternoon dress circa 1910, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection afternoon dress info card, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection afternoon dress info card, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection coat, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection coat, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection two piece day dress circa 1890 (left) and walking dress Mme. C. Drevet circa 1890, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection two piece day dress circa 1890 (left) and walking dress Mme. C. Drevet circa 1890, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Friday, fashion collection info cards for two piece day dress and walking dress, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Friday, fashion collection info cards for two piece day dress and walking dress, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection shoes from 1900-1919, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection shoes from 1900-1919, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection dress, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection dress, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion colleciton shoes, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, fashion collection shoes, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Dead Poets Poetry Contest, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, Dead Poets Poetry Slam, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, judges judging Dead Poet's Poetry contest, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, judges judging Dead Poet’s Poetry Slam, Friday, August 12, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, April Love (l) with client, Saturday, August 13, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, April Love (l) with client, Saturday, August 13, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, cosplayer cosplaying as Data from Star Trek TNG, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, cosplayer cosplaying as Data from Star Trek TNG, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, cardboar airship racers racing, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, cardboard airship racers racing, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, cardboard airship race, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, cardboard airship race, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, cardboard airship racers chatting, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, cardboard airship racers chatting, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, celebration ceremony and farewell for Nickoletta Sauniere (flowers) creator and organizer from 2012-2016 Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, celebration ceremony and farewell for Nickoletta Sauniere (flowers) creator and organizer from 2012-2016, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, food vendor, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

5th Annual Salt City Steamfest, food vendor, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Utah Cultural Center, West Valley City, UT

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SLPS attended the 2nd annual Ogden Pride Festival on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 2-9pm. Held again at the Ogden City Amphitheater, the festival this year was bigger and longer than 2015’s, going from 2-9, with twenty more vendors according to the planning committee.

The event started at 2pm, after the farmers market which takes place on the street outside the park and ends at 1pm. SLPS had a booth at the end, next to the Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah, Wiscombe Memorial LLC., Miss Ogden Pride (not affiliated with Ogden Pride Inc.), and Fetish Underwear Sales. The vendors who participated were:

Affirmation – LGBT Mormons, Families, and Friends, Amnesty International, Atheists of Utah, Clemens for Congress, Congregational UCC, Ogden, UT, Convergys, Drug Policy Project of Utah, Equality Utah, Even Stevens Sandwiches, Fetish Underwear Sales, Fidobiotics, Fiiz Drinks, Ogden Junction, Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah, Kaffe Mercantile, Lavender Vinyl, Leslie FInk Fox Homes Utah, Lucky Slice, Mama Dragons, Mike Weinholtz for Governor, Ogden Pride Merchandise, OUTreach Resource Centers, Paul Mitchell the School Ogden, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, SAGE Utah, Satya Center for Spiritual Living, Snowie, Sparrows N.C., Teleperformance, Tera Carney Allstate Agency, Transgender Inclusion Project, Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, United Way of Northern Utah, Utah Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Utah Gay Rodeo Association, Utah Libertarian Party, Utah Polyamory Society, Utah Repertory Theater Company, Utah’s Pink Drink, Weber County Democratic Party, Weber County Library, Why We Wag, Youth Futures, Zions Bank

SLPS did over twenty readings, mainly tarot, with one or two palm. President Cureton used the Tarot of the Vampyres and April Love used her Hanson-Roberts deck. It was a hot, 95 degrees during the day, only getting hotter as the evening sun passed over at 6, when it died down in traffic. Pepsi was handing out free drinks, two versions of their 1893 formula: one original formula and the other including ginger. A nice man walked around the booths several times handing out free ice cold water.

The amphitheater stage had many different performances and performers, lasting till after 10pm, with:

Saliva Sisters, Pet Parade, Imperial Rainbow Court, Cheer Salt Lake, Leo Cody, Tribalove Dancers, Utah Repertory Theater, Alter Egos, Neu Yeuth, Ziegfeld Theater, Talia Keys and Marinade, From the Sun, Poetry Winner & Moment of Silence, Dance Party w/ DJ Suzy Bean

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, entrace, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, vendors looking west, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, vendors looking east, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, amphitheater, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, park lawn, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, booth, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, Daniel Cureton and April Love (r), Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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SLPS met under cool sky, warm earth, and to the sounds of crickets in the late July evening to celebrate Lughnasadh, the first harvest, and honor the Celtic God Lugh on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The altar was set, adorned with seasonal items, cock candles, corn, nude Lugh painting, and flowers. The fruits of the first harvest, the Society garden, were presented before the Gods. The harvest included: baquieu and romaine lettuce; onions; shallots;  shishito, serrano, and anaheim peppers; okra, yellow squash; parsley, oregano, and dill herbs. Four types of jam from the fruit trees that have produced from the garden: apricot mango, apricot oregon grape, apricot plum, and plum (plums from the red plum trees on the curb). The Society is greatly blessed to have such harvests from the Good Earth Mother, Gaia. All the hard work of the garden has paid off!

Homemade cornmeal buttercream cupcakes were made by member Stesah Bowden. Wyld Extra Pale Ale and Moab Brewery Dead Horse Amber were the drinks of choice for John Barleycorn, who is burned as an offering from the wheat/corn to the gods at this time. Without the god Lugh, Lughnasadh is celebrated at Lammas, as a holiday of thanksgiving surrounding the first of three harvests that happen in August, September, and October.

The members meditated to the song “Lammas” on the album Circle of the Seasons by Lisa Thiel. The members went around afterwards in a circle and offered up thanks for all the things the were grateful for in life, lending that energy to the overall gratitude of the harvests.

The feasts including sauteed yellow squash with bacon, onions, and shallots (a traditional Gullah/Charleston, SC recipe by Daniel Cureton who hails from that part of the world), BBQ-ed ribs, and chicken mole enchiladas.

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Lughnasadh 2016, altar, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, harvests of the Society garden l to r: baquieu and romaine lettuce; yellow squash; anaheim, serran, and shishito peppers; okra; shallots; onions; parsley, dill, and oregano herbs. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, altar with harvests l to r: romaine lettuce, yellow squash, anaheim, serrano, and shishito peppers; okra; tomatoes; shallots; onions; parsley. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, cornmeal and buttercream muffins, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, fruit jam from fruit tree harvests l to r: apricot mango, apricot oregon grape, plum, and plum apriocot, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, April Love lighting south candle, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Daniel Cureton, and April Love, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, preparing sauteed squash with bacon, onion and shallot (from garden), Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, feast: chicken mole enchiladas with guacamole, ribs with mustard bbq sauce, and sauteed squash, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

The Satanic Temple-Utah Chapter has been up and running since February of 2016. Holding regular open meetings at the public library, they have encouraged the community to think rationally and to consider the separation of church and state.

The temple hosted an unbaptism for Salt Lake City on Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 7-10pm at club metro. Cost was $10 at the door. Participants were required  to sign their soul over to Satan, which protected the event from those unworthy of being unbaptized (meaning protesters). About thirty people participated, dipping hands in dry ice, having upside down crosses painted on their forehead in fake blood, or being lit on fire (members of the temple).Those conducting the rites were in ritual regalia (or none), with Baphomet watching in the background. Sketch Cabaret of Salt Lake City helped provide entertainment. The chapter head of Arizona, Stu De Haan, participated in the rite in support of the Utah Chapter.

From TST’s Facebook, they posted about the unbaptism

“Within many theocratic constructs, baptism is both the key to one’s salvation and a claim placed by the church on its members. This claim is purposefully imposed on infants or children too young to understand what is being asked of them, who are expected to forever be subservient to the theocracy of their upbringing. It is a vow to never question or seek out truth, a complete relinquishment of personal power, and a lifetime of servitude to a vengeful dictator. 

But here, now, we stand before you and embrace the name of Satan not as a deity but as a symbol of rebellion against these impositions. A claiming back of our inherent right to personal sovereignty and morality. We are here to shed ourselves of our previous submissions and in doing so, we are reborn into our chosen life led by Satanic ideals of liberty, justice, benevolence, empathy, and common sense.”

The event had been well advertised, with flyers posted around the city from original artwork done by one of the core council member Autumn Rogers and online with digital art done by the art director of the Arizona chapter Morgan Elizabeth. The temple hopes to make it an annual event.

(Photos use by permission of The Satanic Temple-Utah Chapter)

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Flyer for The Satanic Temple-Utah Chapter done by Autumn Rogers

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Flyer for The Satanic Temple-Utah Chapter Unbaptism event by Morgan Elizabeth of the Arizona Chapter.

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, Unbaptism, Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, l to r back: Chalice Blythe, Nathaniel, Autumn Rogers (mask), Stu De Haan (end), Unbaptism, Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, Unbaptism, Stu De Haan (left center) and Nathaniel (right center), set on fire, Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, Unbaptism, Chalice Blythe (center) and Autumn Rogers (mask), Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, Unbaptism, l to r: Chalice Blythe, participant, Autumn Rogers, Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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