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MAY 2004 APA Newsletter

Editress: Ginger Strivelli

The May Day Celebration report by Amber;
The APA May Day 2004 gathering was a success. (Of course, this was 
my first.) From what I understand, Ginger and Beth were there early 
to reserve the spot, so they hung out and read Tarot cards while 
eating donuts. Then everyone started to arrive. (I believe that Sean 
and my family pulled up at the same time.) Slowly group by group we 
trickled in. (I'm not sure what order everyone arrived in.) The 
weather was nice, not to hot, not to cold. We collected one can for 
Ceres at the site, Ginger was going to add when she got home.
Once we were set up, there was a buffet of side dishes (coleslaw 
soup, pasta salad and chips) as well as desserts (lemon cake, gluten 
free white cake, pecan pie, the `official cake', my weird fruit 
salad stuff.). All the food was delicious. The Strivelli children 
got their potato chips, while Sybilsue informed my husband and I 
that "Food is more precious than gold, unless you're going to buy 
food with the gold." 
Beth opened the circle; Ginger led the fertility rite and blessing 
of the seeds, and Paula closed the circle. Ginger then saw to the 
falling May Pole (wait till I get my pictures developed. ;)) and the 
children danced and enjoyed themselves. After circle everyone (but 
me and my weird gluten free family) shared in the 'official cake'. 
The 'Official Cake' was a chocolate cake with 'Merry May Day' 
written all pretty on top. Everyone finished the day enjoying each 
others company by talking and sharing stories about family members. 
After my daughter took a spill and split her scab open, we got on 
the subject of putting vinegar on sunburns and home remedies for 
scrapes and what not. Then slowly group by group, we left. Just as 
we had came.
Not all of us made it but quite a few did, including Moss, who made 
it right as Ginger and I were heading home ways. (Sorry Moss.) We 
greatly missed all who didn't make it.

Merry Beltane, Y'all.


Recipe submitted By Ginger Strivelli


2 c Graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c Powdered sugar
1/2 c Butter; melted
1 ts Cinnamon

1 pk Unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 c cherry 7-up; divided
1 sm Lemon pudding & pie filling; - not instant
6 tb Sugar
2 Eggs; beaten
3/4 c Water
11 oz Cream cheese; softened
Cherry pie filling topping

CRUST: Combine well the graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and
melted butter. Press onto bottom and part of the way up sides of buttered 9"
round pan; chill.
FILLING: Soften unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup cherry 7-up for 4 minutes. In a
saucepan combine pie filling, sugar, beaten eggs and water. Blend well. Add
1-1/4 cup cherry 7-up and bring just to a boil over medium heat stirring
constantly; remove from heat. Stir in softened gelatin; cool 3 minutes. Add
1/2 cup of this warm mixture to softened cream cheese; mash together. Mix
together with remaining cherry 7-up mixture and stir until well blended. Turn into
chilled crust and chill for at least 8 hours. Remove from pan and add

TOPPING: Brush top of chilled cheesecake with cherry pie filling.


Sacred Sites Section:
Submitted by Joy Joza

The Great Smoky Mountains have long been considered a sacred 
place for many reasons. It is sacred to the Cherokee Indians 
and other tribes who have lived here in the edges of the 
Great Smokies of NC for centuries and also to all those who 
respect Mother Nature. All nature spots are sacred sites, 
but some hold specific focused energy that, when 
experienced directly, can awaken us to greater awareness 
and self-realization. Being in nature can greatly enhance our 
connection with the divinity of the planet. It is our 
direct link to the heart and soul of Gaia, the Earth Mother.
These peoples consciously honored the Earth Mother in 
their sacred ceremonies, and they sought out these 
special places during their vision quests because they 
could feel the focused spiritual energy and inherent 
sacredness of each location. There are many waterfalls, 
caves, a granite monoliths, rocky cliffs, and the awe 
inspiring Linville Gorge where you could find divine 
inspiration for your spiritual energy to honor the 
sacred Goddess and/ God.

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