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Bookshop to host pop-up event Saturday

Nicole A. Hawley
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Posted 9/1/22

Keaton & Lloyd Bookshop, 236 W. Dominick St., will present a pop-up occult event from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

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Bookshop to host pop-up event Saturday


ROME — Keaton & Lloyd Bookshop, 236 W. Dominick St., will present a pop-up occult event from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

Called Reading & Vibes, the event will include vendors such as Coven Amongst the Stars, Jordan’s Journey, and Bling All Things by Brittani. These small businesses create jewelry, crystals, artwork, and more. The Tattooed Tarot Girl will also be present to conduct tarot readings. Readings are $15 each.

Heide Winkelman of Rome, otherwise known as the Tattooed Tarot Girl, is a member of the Upstate Witches Society. Founded in 2022, the Upstate Witches Society provides a multi-path community to witches of all levels.

This diverse group provides education, support and respect to all who join, according to UWS. Winkelman said the goal of this community is to help break the stigma that is attached to witchcraft and share with others its positive influence.

By participating in charitable events, supportive meetings, hosting events and spreading the act of kindness, “this community is ready to serve and support,” she said, while providing a nurturing environment, free from unnecessary negative energy for all levels to grow.

“I am passionate to offer a space for the many in our area to feel welcome and appreciated,” Winkelman said. “Support for those who follow various paths is rare, so it’s incredibly great to be able to create something. I have witches within my extended family and have been involved with tarot from a very young age.”

She said, “I have finally found my gift and my place, and love to share what I do with others. From doing readings for The Neighborhood Center’s annual Gala to celebrity, charity and private readings, I enjoy to cover it all.”

Winkelman said she will also be partnering with Angela DeCarlis of Be.Life.Art.Magic of Utica and The Stief on Varick to host The Crystal Ball event on Oct. 21. It will be a “bewitching formal” that is one of the several events Upstate Witches Society has planned, to be held at The Stief on Varick Street in Utica. Organizers said the ball promises to be an evening of music, food, dancing, professional photography, tarot readings, crystals and more. Guests are asked to “dress to impress” in their “formal witchy attire,” and participate in the Best Dressed and Most Bewitching contests.

Upstate Witches Society also has a Facebook Group for interested individuals and The Crystal Ball has its own event page on Facebook.

“We are all so very different and life has so many avenues of beliefs, and we should respect everyone’s beliefs no matter how different,” Winkelman said. “Kindness is free to share.”



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