In Pagan organizing and networking, we often talk about "building community." What we usually mean by that is actually "bridging communities." In areas like the DC region, our community is already built and thriving. But the things is, we each have a community that doesn't frequently crossover with each other except when at large community events or Pagan Pride Days.
This presents a unique challenge for a new person coming to the area wishing to get to know different organizations. Sure you can find listings for just about every group online (we have our own list right on this site to the right of this posting), but nothing can replace the experience of speaking to another human being.
This was the function of the DC Witches' Faire, a quarterly event put on by the Open Hearth Foundation. The spring event was represented with the participation of about ten different groups and companies. Attendees from the event were able to chat with varied group representatives and receive services such as readings, reiki, and even free seated chair massage. Without the pressure to commit and the freedom to explore ones varied interests, the event created an interesting melting pot of diverse faiths, personalities, and conversations.
As the Witches' Faire is a quarterly event, the next event will be held in the middle of the summer.