Pagan group gets the boot in Hannibal
Wiccans settle on Columbia after hotel pulls reservation.
By CHUCK ADAMSON of the Tribune’s staff
Published Thursday, February 3, 2005
Cooper County pagans are coming to Columbia this weekend after being refused service in Hannibal.
Rose Wise, high priestess administrator of the Ozark Avalon Church of Nature-Wicca, said the Hannibal Inn and Convention Center sent them a letter about 10 days ago saying their retreat planned months ago couldn’t be held there.
The Hannibal Inn’s general manager, Kevin Kennedy, declined to comment this morning.
Wise said Ozark Avalon, located on 160 acres in rural Cooper County just west of the Missouri River, has had a contract with the hotel since August. She said the hotel sent her a letter that cited "threats of boycotts and protests should this event occur at our property. … The overwhelming amount of concern that has been generated is a genuine threat to the Hannibal Inn."
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