Sisters and Brothers, it is time that those of us who can, have our first Chocolate Pilgrimage together. Your Chocolate Priestess has chosen an event not far from her home that both she and the Chocolate Coconut Acolyte can attend and which fulfills our spiritual obligations to eat chocolate in a purposeful and moderate way.
On November 14, 2009, at 10am, we are going to attend the 2nd Annual Chocolate Walk in Nashville, Indiana, from where I have posted several Sacraments and reviews of a small selection of the many confectionery and chocolate stores that are in this small artist colony. This event provides funds for the Brown County Humane Society and all proceeds go to help the animals of Brown County.
This is what you need to do to participate in this Pilgrimage.
1) Go to the event's link and purchase your ticket.
To do this as an official part of our Pilgrimage you also need to do two more things:
2) Become an official member of The Chocolate Cult via the "Followers" list on this site or through Facebook.
3) Carpool to the event because remember the environment we save means more room for growing the necessary components for the Sacred Substance.
To carpool, please send me an email (thetammyjo via gmail) and let me know if you want to a ride or if you have a car you can use to help transport people. The Chocolate Coconut Acolyte's car can hold three more passengers and hopefully we'll get one or two more cars volunteered. Once these are volunteered to meet in Bloomington, Indiana, I'll let those know who have rides where exactly to meet around 9:15am that day so we can meet, get into the cars, and then head over to Nashville. If you go with the official group you'll get your picture and thoughts published on this blog about the experience.
In terms of money, you'll need to pay for your tickets, $15 now or if you wait until November the price rises to $20, bring some money for any thing you might want to buy including lunch if we stay that long, and a dollar or two to help the person volunteering a car to pay for parking and gas.
Let me tell you a bit more about this Chocolate Walk based on discussions I've had with Heather Newton, one of the committee in charge of this event. Last year, there were almost 600 tickets sold to this event and this year they want to do better but tickets are limited to 1000 only so you may want to get your tickets quickly if you decide to do this. Ticket purchasers will pick up the tickets, a button that we will wear to say we are part of this event, and a punch card for the stores at the event at Brown County Art Gallery at Main Street and Artist's Drive. We will each receive a map listing the 30 stores offering samples for the walk. That's 30 samples of chocolate you can choose to get though you don't need to get them all. Nashville itself will be decorated for the winter holidays by that time so it should be very nice.
According to Ms. Newton, "The Brown County Humane Society is a small shelter, but we still take in every homeless pet that comes our way--about 1400 a year--and we have an over 91% "Out Alive" rate. (The national average is only 50%) We're very proud to say that we will do everything in our power to find homes for every dog and cat. " That sounds like a good charity to help out with this event, don't you agree, Sisters and Brothers?
I do hope that those of you in the area will join us for our First Official Chocolate Cult Pilgrimage. If you can't visit with the group, please consider attending The Chocolate Walk on your own. Saturday, November 11, 2009, 10am to 5pm, in Nashville, Indiana. I will mention this event a few more times but remember, tickets and carpooling is limited.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.