Big news in Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association where I’m a certified medium, teacher and chair of public relations.
We’re celebrating our 125th year, which is being kicked off today during Gala Day with the opening of the time capsule that was buried for the 100th year celebration in 1994. Volusia County Councilmember Barbara Girtman will read a proclamation as well.
The Spiritualist Camp is 57 ½ acres and is governed by a board of trustees. There are numerous committees to assist. All of these positions are manned with volunteers, although there are 10 to 15 employees who keep up with the day-to-day needs.
Events for the 125th year are as follows:
Gala Day 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11 – 9:45 a.m. proclamation Volusia County Council Member Barbara Girtman; time capsule opening from the 100th year and adding to capsule.
Mother’s Day Tea 3:30-5:30 p.m. on May 12 with Tea Leaf Readings by Dikki-Jo Mullen – Andrew Jackson Davis Educational Building $25 preregister at Bookstore 386-228-2880
June through December
First Saturday History Series 1-2 p.m. in Colby Memorial Temple. June 1 Rev. Dr. Louis Gates, “Pioneers of Spiritualism;” July 6 Rev. Marilyn Awtry “The Lily Dale Assembly Connection;” Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7 (Topic TBD). $5 donation suggested.
Father/Son Picnic 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 16 – Picnic with Fairy House Building at Slater House, 1188 Chauncey St. $25 preregister at Bookstore 386-228-2880
Fun Day Noon to 4 p.m. on July 13 – Ice cream social with face painting, craft table, bounce house, reverse dunk, balloons, popcorn and cotton candy. Tickets are $1 and each area varies on how many tickets are needed in The Andrew Jackson Davis Educational Building and in front of Colby Memorial Temple.
Gala Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 10.
Blithe Spirit Play at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. Students from DeLand High School will perform scenes into a one hour and 15 minute show. Tickets are $25. Raffle tickets for items such as readings, healings and bookstore basket. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. Proceeds go to Colby Memorial Temple. Light refreshments and drawings at the Andrew Jackson Davis Educational Building after the play.
Spirit Crawl/Table Tipping 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 19. Table tipping 6-8 p.m. in the Andrew Jackson Davis Educational Building $25 per person. Spirit Crawl from 8 p.m. to midnight. Access to four spirit filled buildings – Andrew Jackson Davis Educational Building, Summerland House, Colby Memorial Temple and Slater House. $75. Paranormal equipment welcomed.
Community Lawn Sale 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 2 Rev. Tom Berkner Educational Building, 1090 Stevens St.
Gala Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 16 - Gala Day
Masquerade Ball 7-11 p.m. on Dec. 28 (Dec. 18 is the actual 125th year) in the Andrew Jackson Davis Educational Building. Music, refreshments, gift cards, mask competition. $25 per person or $40 per couple.
SCSCMA, a nonprofit, is in the process of raising funds for our historic buildings. SCSCMA owns seven historic buildings and the organization has kept up these buildings for years. Colby Memorial Temple is our next project. We need the community’s help in raising funds.
Normal events that take place in Colby Memorial Temple: Sunday Service with anywhere from 65 to 125 in attendance, Wednesday Night Message Service with anywhere from 20 to 50 in attendance, Candlelight Healing with anywhere from 20 to 30 in attendance, classes and workshops.
Go to Cassadaga.org for more information.
Lori Carter is a freelance writer and Spiritualist Medium -- truly a Spiritual Being, and aren't we all.