Winter SolstiCelebration: Our Human Journey – DFW

Winter SolstiCelebration: Our Human Journey ~ Dec 16-17 Fri-Sat ~
Dallas/Oak Lawn

FYI from event creator AMY MARTIN: As always, Winter SolstiCelebration is
accompanied by ASL interpreters. We cherish our deaf attendees and look
forward to seeing them every year!

19th annual Winter SolstiCelebration: Our Human Journey

December 16 and 17, 2011
Friday and Saturday

7 to 9 pm
doors open at 6 pm ~ Yule Fest 9 to 10 pm

Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs, northeast corner of Inwood, Dallas, Texas 75235
best access through Ford dealership on west-bound Inwood, or turn on Nash
(1 block east of Cedar Springs)

$15 ~ $12 in advance at website ~ $8 children & seniors ~ 214-261-5599

The 2nd largest Winter Solstice event in the nation is growing! Winter
SolstiCelebration has expanded to two nights after sell-out crowds for the
past 3 years. Now in its 19th year, it has become a major holiday tradition
for North Texas – see the testimonials at the end of this release.

Can we guide our evolving humanity? What are our choices for the future? Are
we doomed to endless war, social injustice and environmental degradation?
Or, is it our epic destiny to live in peace and prosperity for all?

Join the journey to the future we choose at Winter SolstiCelebration.

Not a service, not a show, but something much more, this two-hour event
blends a wide spectrum of performing arts, participatory movement and
ceremony to guide the audience in an archetypal discovery of our human

Dramatic monologues from an Everyman and Everywoman reveal the personal
struggles we undertake to make peace with ourselves and our species. The
qualities that mankind must master to evolve into a brighter future are
brought to life via commentary on the proceedings by a clever but crotchety
comedic couple. Both are woven with music, dance, theater, poetry, and even
magic and circus arts.

The core of Winter SolstiCelebration is a passage through three minutes of
silent meditation in total darkness, evoking the three-day Winter Solstice
period, followed by a dramatic and participatory return of the light. The
event concludes with an exuberant dance of attendees through ceremonial
gates. A Yule Fest with refreshments follows.

Bring a flashlight or smart-phone app for the light ceremony
Leave fliers for your cause or business at the community info table
Donate canned meat/fish, canned chili/pasta, and saltine crackers, plus
winterwear items

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Calendar copy: Winter SolstiCelebration: 19th annual interfaith event uses
music, dance, theater, poetry, and even magic and circus arts, along with
ritual and ceremony, to observe Winter Solstice. Casual and interactive, fun
yet profound. December 16 and 17 at Cathedral of Hope. Service starts at 7
pm, Yule Fest in lobby before and after. Bring flashlight for light ceremony
and food pantry donations. Deaf signed. Childcare for $5. Presented by Earth
Rhythms. Tickets: $15, $12 in advance, $10 children/seniors. Info:, 214-261-5599.


Written, directed and narrated by Amy Martin. Produced by Rodney Steman,
Cornell Kinderknecht & Lainey Bernstein ~ music directors. Creative
advisement ~ Robin Hackett.

The cast includes:


* Earth/Africa Dancers: Terri Camara, Moussa Diabate, Jackie Murphy, Lee Ann
* Lotus Dancers: Jule Aguirre, director, with dancers tba
* Miriam: Heather Gream, director; mari Bird, Katie Toohill
* Spiral Dancers: Nan Gammon, choreographer; Charlotte Gomez, Bonnie Grugle,
Naomi Simons, Diedre Tinker, Laurie Willis
* lowetry in Motion: Monica Blossom Hochberg, with Joanna Hathcock, Amanda
* plus: Heather Gream as the New Earth, Laurie Willis as Isis


* Global Heart: Jonathan Fisher, bass; Kim Platko, guitar; Andrew Tinker,
keyboards; Jaelun Washington, drums
* Sojourn: Cornell Kinderknecht, flute; Mark Menikos, violin; David
Rosenblad, guitar, instruments
* plus: Drums Not Guns; Freddie Jones, trumpet; Cris Gale, ocarina; Geoffrey
Ricketts, harp; Matt Willis, bagpipes

* Performers: Circus Freaks; Bryan Lankford, magician

* spoken word: Robin Hackett, Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson, Amy Martin,
Joe Tinker, Veronica Valles

* vocalists: Kerri Arista, Lainey Bernstein, Eric Folkerth, Robin Hackett,
The Inspirations (Deborah Bryant, Tracey Evers, Nan Gammon, Rhonda Simpson),
Shanti Michelle, Rahim Quazi, Andrew Tinker, Joe Tinker

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

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