The annual Winter Solstice Celebration, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, will take place on Saturday, December 21 at 4:00 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 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 December 21 event will feature music, dances, and stories by several local groups that reflect the darkness of the season and herald 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.
In the event of a snow storm, the Winter Solstice Celebration will be held on Sunday, December 22 at 4:00 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.