2020 Samhain Reception

Our 2020 Original Black Hat Society of Northern California Samhain Reception is from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 25 at Crossroads Metaphysical Store in Shingle Springs, California.

In addition to refreshments, we will have free Tarot readings, pumpkin decorating, broom making, and professional Witchy photos. Dress in your best Witchy finery and have your digital photos emailed to you.

All of these are free, but we do ask for a love offering to cover supplies and also donations made directly to our photographer, Jamie Keenan, for her services:

We practice social distancing and require the wearing of a mask when you are not having your photo taken or eating.

4045 Sunset Lane, Unit D, Shingle Springs, CA 95682

BHS Spring Equinox Party!

It’s time to pull yourself out of the cold winter, dust off your Witchy hats and come back out to play again! The Original Black Hat Society of Northern California (founded in 2009) is hosting a Spring Equinox party on March 14th at 2:00 pm at Crossroads Metaphysical Store in Shingle Springs, CA (only 10 minutes up Highway 50 from Folsom).

This is a potluck feast with crafts, food, friends, and fun! More info coming soon. Save the date!

4045 Sunset Lane, Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Yule Have A Great Time!

Time for another seasonal celebration, Original Black Hatters! This time, we gather to celebrate the Winter Solstice with hot cider, cocoa, tea, snacks, and singing Pagan Yule carols together. Please bring a finger food for sharing. This is a free event. We look forward to seeing you there!

December 14, 2019 2:00 – 4:00pm

Crossroads Metaphysical Stores
4045 Sunset Lane, Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Passing the Hat

At the Samhain 2019 BHS party, founder Gail Dettmar officially passed the black hat to Katrina Rasbold as the group’s new organizer. Katrina will plan and host the Black Hat Society of Northern California’s events moving forward.

Gail and Katrina have known each other for 20+ years and Katrina is honored to take Gail’s BHS group forward. Her intention is to continue to honor the principles and framework Gail put into place when she founded the group 10 years ago.

Black Hat Society of Northern California does not charge a membership fee. We accept donations from members to fund our parties, which occur the week before each sabbat. This is a social organization dedicated to providing its members and other interested parties with, well, parties! Our entire purpose is to network and socialize together as a strong support system representing the vibrant and healthy Northern California Witchy community.

We do not have a governing body, inner circle, or commercial interest. Our purpose is purely to come together in loving, fun support of one another to celebrate the holiday energies eight times a year.

Dust Off Your Hats!

Hello Everyone!

Apologies for the delay between events. It seems like EVERYONE has been going through MAJOR life changes this year and whew! It caught up with our old broom-sitting butts! But (the other kind of but) we are ready to get back into regular parties again, starting with a fun and appropriately spooky Samhain Party on October 19 from 1:00 – 4:000 pm (please note the time change) at Crossroads Metaphysical Store in Shingle Springs, CA. They have a large open and beautiful meeting area that is all ours for the afternoon.

If you are not familiar with Shingle Springs, it is only a quick 10-minute drive up Highway 50 East toward South Lake Tahoe from Rancho Cordova/Folsom. The shop itself is easy access from the freeway. It the parking lot fills up, there is additional parking to the side and next door at the Shingle Springs Post Office.

Please bring your fancy black hats and a food or drink contribution for the potluck. We will play games, talk, eat, drink, and visit together. This is a FREE event for members of the Black Hat Society of Northern California (original). People who wish to check out or join our group are also welcome to attend.

Please message Katrina at krasbold@earthlink.net if you have questions or reach out to Gail.

See you there!

Crossroads Metaphysical Store
4045 Sunset Lane
Shingle Springs, CA 95682


SPELLING BEE! – OCTOBER 20, 2018 at LightWeavers

Hello Everyone! Katrina here on behalf of Gail Dettmar and the Original Black Hat Society of Northern California. (Please note that there is a Northern California Black Hat Society created several years after we were formed and we are not affiliated with them). I am here to remind you of our October 20th Spelling Bee, happening 3-6pm at LightWeavers Academy in Citrus Heights, California.

This is a social event to visit, enjoy light refreshments, hear presentations from Pacific Coast Spirit Watch, wear our Witchy finery, and share fun and magical time together. Why is it a “Spelling Bee?” Because some of the community’s favorite Witches are putting together spells for you to select as the Goddess and Providence guide you to do so. There is NO charge for this wonderful event, but if some of you enthusiastic bakers and cooks want to contribute to the refreshment table, trust me, we won’t stop you. All donations are graciously and gratefully received.

If we stomp our pointy-toed shoes and wave our feisty black hats high enough, we might even be able to get a speech from the woman who started all this back in 2010 (and informally in 2008), Gail Dettmar. After the Spelling Bee at 7pm, LightWeavers is hosting a séance, so be sure to check that out as well. There is a nominal charge for the séance, but not for the Spelling Bee. We hope to see you there!

To see the event page, go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/538040389951528/ 

A Message From the Founder

So Excited!!!  Time to dust off your hats, spruce up your broom, we’re off and flying again!

Thank you to all of you that have been replied one way or another to me to keep the group going and active again. To Katrina who has spent time this past week helping me and encouraging me, that “we all” can make this group come alive again, be full of fun and friendships old and new!

Please give a big thank you to Susan of Lightweavers, Hexeba and Katrina for the nudge and pushes I needed to get things going with our group. A last minute meeting of the minds and we got things moving.

A big thanks to Katrina who is doing up our new web page, getting our Instagram going and more. I’ll be reforming our facebook group.and with this and our Wacky Ole Witches we are going to have soooo much FUN.

Events: (more info for each will be announced forthcoming)

A gathering at the upcoming Sacramento Pagan Pride, this is a two-day event, Sept. 15th & 16th. Admission here is FREE, and for the Abundance of the Harvest bring one or more nonperishable food items for donation for our local food locker. We will need to decide which day or both we want to participate, any specific times, etc. so if you have any fun ideas for us to do there start sharing some them so we can discuss and create a good time for all.

The Sacramento Witches’ Ball at the VFW in Fair Oaks – Friday Oct 12th. www.sacramentowitchesball.com

Beyond the Veil Divination at Lightweavers Academy in Citrus Heights – Sat. Oct 27th

Halloween Psychic Festival, Crown Plaza Hotel, Sunday Oct. 28th
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OURS – OURS – OURS – Our first Black Hat Society of Northern California Full Moon Spelling Bee event, scheduled for Sat. October 20th at Lightweavers in Citrus Heights. This is going to be such a great event, hours of fun, visiting, sharing, shopping and finalizing with a Seance!!!!  More details to follow soon.

More stuff planned for Dec and beyond!

Please be an active member… we need to set up some planning meetings, so if your interested in helping to plan our events and plan for attending other events as a group share your ideas of when, where, etc. and we’ll get something scheduled.

Remember this is a Not For Profit group, we may ask for donations to help with any expenses we will need to cover, if any, for events.

NOTE:  Although our Yahoo group is listed as restricted (it can’t be changed, I already checked) anyone can still join, they just need to let us know so we can add them (invite them) as members, it’s that easy. You members can also invite people to join through the group.

Its way late, I’m exhausted, time for bed. Will be posting more info every few days.

Magickal Blessings,

Gail aka Winter