The Haus of StarFish presents:
Saturday, August 26 — 3-6 PM
Suggested Donation – No one turned away for lack of funds
Donations benefit the Haus of Starfish hausofstarfish.com/
— a charitable volunteer group benefiting Positive Resource Center, AEF/BCEF, AIDS Housing Alliance, Friends of the Pink Triangle, Folsom Street Events, and more)
pol·y·am·o·ry (noun) – the philosophy or state of being in love or romantically involved with more than one person at the same time.
Join us at the SF Eagle for a celebration of all the different shapes that relationships can take. The Bay Area is considered a mecca for non-monogamy, where triads, foursomes, and poly clusters are a major part of our overall community. This is a chance to come out with all of your boyfriends, girlfriends, and everyone else in your family for a daytime party honoring all more-than-two relationships.
Are you poly? In an open relationship? Poly-curious? This is your chance to meet and interact with like minded individuals.
A potluck style buffet will be set up in the Eagle’s back bar. We encourage everyone attending to bring food to share!
For the pièce de résistance, this event will be offering free handfasting ceremonies for poly clusters who would like to make a public declaration of their commitment. These short ceremonies will be performed by AJ Knowles (Boston, MA), an ordained minister and spiritual leader who has been working with people of all faiths, religions, and belief systems for over fifteen years.
Handfasting is an ancient Pagan or Wiccan ceremony, similar to marriage in the sense that it unites people in a common bond. Dissimilar to a traditional Western marriage, it does not necessarily convey sexual exclusivity and may not be intended to be permanent. Some handfasting ceremonies last “for a year and a day,” while others for “as long as the love shall last”. There are many variations of the traditional handfasting. After the lovers’ declaration of intent to enter into the union, the hands are clasped and fastened together with a cord (the origin of the phrase «tying the knot!») just before, just after, or during their vows are made to each other. The wrapping of the cord forms an infinity symbol. The handfasting knot that is tied is a symbolic representation of oneness between the lovers. In a show of unity, they become bound to each other. Handfasting ceremonies are not directly related to polyamory; however, some people, particularly those involved with Wiccan or neo-Pagan spirituality or beliefs, may combine the two. While not all Pagans are polyamorous and not all polyamorous people are Pagan, there is enough overlap between the communities that many polyamorous people practice handfasting as an emotional or spiritual symbol of their relationships and commitment.
We hope to see you all there!
398 12th Street