Winter Solstice mixes the new and the old

Dec 05, 2018
The recently renovated sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast has become home to its annual Winter Solstice celebration.

Belfast — The Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast will present the 22nd annual Winter Solstice event, a family-friendly show celebrating the peace in the darkness of the longest night in the wheel of the year, Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of the downtown church, 37 Miller St.

This year, UUCB’s faithful crew will return starring in some classic and some new works. The Morris Dancers will perform the Highland Mary, as well as the famous Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. Sarah Smith and the Solstice Country Orchestra will perform “Circle of Light” and “Lord of the Dance.” New this year, Jack Kerouac expert the Rev. Steve Edington will perform “The Sabbatts,” with Dan Kirchoff on bongos. Also new, The Four-Seasons’ Sisters will perform The Wheel of the Year, an interactive ritual for youth in the audience to dance with the Green Man and the Mistress of Ceremonies, as we breathe life into the story of the earth in its eternal spiral dance around the sun.

The impressive UUCB choir, led by Ellie Daniels, will join the lineup along with a variety of revered musicians, poets and performers. Everyone is invited to wear a favorite Yule costume (or come in winter duds). The spirit of community will be invoked as we reach deep into the quiet of the longest night, to fill our hearts with peace and reverence to guide us through the winter months to come.

Admission is $10 per person, with a $25 family cap, and proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to support New Hope for Women. All are welcome to this beloved community event, and refreshments will be shared directly after the performance. For more information, contact the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast at

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

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