Annual Winter Solstice Celebration Dec. 15

Dec 03, 2012
Photo by: Liz Fitzsimmons St. George and the Dragon spar in the Mummer’s Play at the 2011 Winter Solstice Celebration.

Belfast — The annual Winter Solstice Celebration, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Blue Goose Center on Route 1 in Northport. It will feature music, dance, storytelling, poetry and other seasonal entertainment for all ages. Proceeds from the event will support the Belfast Soup Kitchen.

The Winter Solstice Celebration draws from a variety of traditions that mark the shortest day of the year, a time of significance to people around the world for many centuries. The Winter Solstice on Dec. 21 marks the sun’s return and a hopeful turn towards spring, a time of rebirth and renewal. 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. 15 event will feature songs, dances and stories by several local groups, whose performances will reflect the darkness of the season and herald the return of the light. Musicians include the choir of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, Shira, the Belfast Men’s Ensemble, Heartsong, and harpist Becky Brimley. Highland Mary will perform Morris and Horn Dances, the Sword Sisters will do a traditional English Sword Dance, and Helena Malone will do a Middle Eastern dance. The event will include an original Mummer’s Play, a comic seasonal folk play, storytelling, audience singing and participatory dancing led by the Green Man. Refreshments will be served.

In the event of a snow storm, the Winter Solstice Celebration will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children and youth ages 6 to 18, and $25 for a family; children under age 6 are free. The Winter Solstice Celebration is a popular event and seating is limited, so people are encouraged to arrive early.

For more information, contact Liz Fitzsimmons at 338-4245.

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