New ‘land-art’ in­stal­la­tion at site

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS -

hold­ing hands in a cir­cle, and oth­ers are done in­di­vid­u­ally but still as part of the group within the cir­cle form. There is no re­li­gious con­no­ta­tion to this form of danc­ing, the word sa­cred re­fer­ring to the sa­cred­ness of the mu­sic, friend­ship, and the joy of cel­e­brat­ing to­gether the pre­cious­ness of life on this beau­ti­ful planet. This bilin­gual event will be fo­cus­ing par­tic­u­larly on the Sum­mer Sol­stice with sev­eral dance fa­cil­i­ta­tors par­tic­i­pat­ing from Canada and the US, teach­ing and shar­ing their fa­vorite dances.

Thou­sands of sa­cred cir­cle dances have been cre­ated over the last twenty years. The mu­sic used is of­ten from other cul­tures such as Slavic, Latin, Greek, Celtic and even pop mu­sic, cho­sen be­cause of the rhyth­mic, cap­ti­vat­ing beat or some­times be­cause of the lyrics and the mes­sage of the song.

Espe­cially ex­cit­ing for this event, some of the dances will be done to live mu­sic pro­vided by Spi­rale, a newly formed 6-piece band from the Town­ships area, ded­i­cated to play­ing at Sa­cred Cir­cle Dances, with gui­tar, fid­dle, flute, key­board, drums and vo­cals.

This is a fam­ily-style cel­e­bra­tion much as they did in days of old when en­tire com­mu­ni­ties would cel­e­brate the im­por­tant sta­tions of the nat­u­ral cal­en­dar year. Sum­mer Sol­stice (sol­stice is based on the Latin word­ing for sun stands still) hon­ors the long­est day of the year with much rev­elry and cel­e­bra­tion. Please feel free to bring a pic­nic sup­per, your own wa­ter, a chair or blan­ket to sit on. Bring hula hoops, kites (we will have some on hand) flutes, drums, your imag­i­na­tion, sto­ries or tal­ents that you have and would like to share to help cre­ate a very spe­cial evening.

Ex­pe­ri­ence a dusk that seems to go on for­ever, fire­flies in the dark, the stars in the sky-- all from within a beau­ti­ful field sur­rounded by gi­gan­tic stones! Visit Saule Vil­lage, the new land-art in­stal­la­tion made of liv­ing wil­low that is lo­cated nearby where chil­dren can have fun ex­plor­ing the green domes and run­ning through the tun­nels.

The Stanstead Stone Cir­cle is lo­cated on Notre Dame Blvd, only a few mo­ments from Au­toRoute 55 and from the down­town area of the vil­lage. In case of rain, the mod­i­fied event will be held in the chapel at Manoir Stanstead, 496 Duf­ferin, less than five min­utes away from the stone cir­cle field. Suggested do­na­tion. Check the web­site ( www.stanstead­stonecir­cle.org) for weather-re­lated changes, driv­ing di­rec­tions and up­dates. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Kim Pran­g­ley at 819 876 7462 or Anne Cather­ine McCon­nell at 514 237 5394

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