Winter Solstice, on the solstice - canceled

Dec 10, 2013
Photo by: Liz Fitzsimmons The Winter Solstice Celebration always includes a high-spirited Mummers Play; pictured is a scene from the 2012 edition.


The annual Winter Solstice Celebration presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast will take place Saturday, Dec. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Blue Goose Center on Route 1.  Proceeds from the event, which will feature music, dance, storytelling, poetry and other seasonal entertainment for all ages, will support the Interfaith Fuel Fund.

This year, the celebration will be on the actual Winter Solstice when, in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky and the day is the shortest of the year. It has been a time of significance to people around the world for many centuries, marking the sun’s return and a hopeful turn towards spring renewal and rebirth. It has been observed in many ways by various cultures, including festivals, rituals, silliness, and special music and dances. The Winter Solstice Celebration activities at the Blue Goose will draw from some of those traditions.

The Dec. 21 event will feature music, dances, and stories, by several local groups, reflecting the darkness of the season and heralding the return of the light. Musicians include the choirs of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, Serenada, HeartSong, Ando Anderson, the Belfast Bay Fiddlers and harpist Becky Brimley.

Highland Mary will perform Morris and horn dances, and the Sword Sisters will do a traditional English sword dance. Elizabeth Garber will recite an original poem. Chrissy Fowler will tell a seasonal story and lead the audience in dancing and singing to the “Circle of Light.” The event will include an original Mummers Play, a comic seasonal folk play and carol singing. The program will end with the Green Man leading the audience in celebratory dancing, after which refreshments will be served.

Tickets will be available at the door at $10, $5 for children and youth age 6 to 18 and $25 for a family; children younger than age 6 are free.   The Winter Solstice Celebration is a popular event and seating is limited, so people are encouraged to arrive early. In the event of a snowstorm, the event will be held Sunday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Liz Fitzsimmons at 338-4245.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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