Belfast Winter Solstice Celebration, Dec. 16

Posted:  Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
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The 21st annual Winter Solstice Celebration, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, will take place on Saturday, December 16, at 4 p.m. in the church's new sanctuary at 35 Miller Street. It will feature music, dance, storytelling, poetry and other seasonal entertainment for all ages. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Belfast UU minister's discretionary fund, which helps needy residents of the Belfast area.

Snow date for this event is Sunday, December 17, at 4 p.m.

The Celebration marks the shortest day of the year, December 21, when in the Northern Hemisphere the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky. The Winter Solstice 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 annual Celebration draws from many of those traditions. The event includes the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast Choir, the Highland Mary Morris dancers, a dance by the Sword Sisters, and other entertainment. The original Mummer's Play, re-written each year, is always a highlight of the event.

Seating is limited, so arrive early. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and youth ages 6 to 18, and $25 for a family; children under age 6 are free. For more information, contact Joanne Moesswilde at jmoesswilde@gmail.com.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast is a welcoming liberal religious community open to all with inquiring minds. Sunday services and children's program begin at 10 a.m.

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/16/2017 - 4:00pm