As one might expect, the 5th annual WitchsFest USA, which unfurled its freak flag over Astor Place on Saturday, was a hotbed for crazies. Oh, we’re not talking about the usual chatty theologians, fantasy-contact-wearing druid bachelors, springy sprites, and cute pagan moms wearing their fishnet best and proudly pushing faerie-winged kiddies through the packed street fest. No, you could hardly accuse these pagan faithful of being antisocial– instead, it was the Christian protest element, out in full force on Saturday afternoon, that earned the watchful eye of the police and the ire of a doting crust punk tribe.
Leave it to Catland, our favorite Bushwick-based esoteric and occult bookstore to host a local vendor’s holiday market with a witchy twist. Feast of Fools, a local organization that hosts events on magic and spirituality, teamed up with the bookstore for its second annual holiday market, Yeast of Yules, which runs today until 10 pm. So if you’re getting sick of all this Judeo-Christian hullabaloo but are still in the mood for festivities, we suggest you head straight to Catland ASAP.