Sol­stice Cel­e­bra­tion At Stand­stead Stone Cir­cle

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Kim Pran­g­ley

Come­and cel­e­brate the beauty and sa­cred­ness of the sol­stice sea­son and a new be­gin­ning for Mother Earth and all Her in­hab­i­tants at this ex­cit­ing and piv­otal time on Earth on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22nd. This three­fold, bilin­gual event be­gins at 3:30 pm. with a pro­ces­sion from the park­ing lot to the Stanstead Stone Cir­cle (Notre Dame Blvd, Stanstead, QC.) where a short cer­e­mony with bon­fire, shamanic drum­ming and rit­ual, singing and sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties will fol­low. Here we will say good­bye to the old….

The sec­ond phase of the cel­e­bra­tion, a Sa­cred Cir­cle Dance cel­e­brat­ing the theme of NEW BE­GIN­NINGS, takes place from 5:00 -7:30 pm at the Vil­lage Hall in Beebe (72 rue Prin­ci­pale, Stanstead, Qc.) fea­tur­ing dance fa­cil­i­ta­tors from Que­bec, On­tario, and New Eng­land each tak­ing turns teach­ing and shar­ing the dances they›ve specif­i­cally cho­sen to hon­our the sol­stice and/or the theme. No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary as all dances are sim­ple to learn and are taught on the spot. The mu­sic for the evening will also re­flect many dif­fer­ent cul­tures from around the world, in­clud­ing a lo­cal ren­di­tion of the Ab­bot Brom­ley’s Horn Dance, a cel­e­bra­tory rit­ual dance us­ing elk antlers done in ru­ral Eng­land for nearly a thou­sand years. Other spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties are also planned.

The third phase of the evening will be a potluck type of com­mu­nal meal held

in the same hall from 7:30-9:30. Peo­ple are asked to bring sim­ple fin­ger food ( that re­quires no cook­ing) to share with the group, their own dish, drink­ing glass and cut­lery!

Peo­ple are highly en­cour­aged to dress warmly for the event at the stone cir­cle and to bring their drums, flash­lights and can­dles. Com­fort­able a sin­gle, vi­brant,

colour of your choice (imag­ine a row of prayer flags blow­ing in the wind!) is en­cour­aged for the Cir­cle Dance.

Ad­mis­sion is $20 for this not-for-profit event. Monies raised (af­ter ex­penses) will be do­nated to AVAAZ.org, a world-wide, web­based or­ga­ni­za­tion that em­pow­ers mil­lions of peo­ple from all walks of life to take ac­tion on press­ing global, re­gional and na­tional is­sues, Un très grand merci, à vous tous, grands et pe­tits, qui avez par­ticipé de près ou de loin au spec­ta­cle de Noël en église ce 15 décem­bre dernier. Je vous suis très re­con­nais­sant pour tout ce que vous avez fait et ce, avec si grande générosité. Aussi, grand merci au pub­lic venu si nom­breux. I want to thank all of you peo­ple, young and old, that have par­tic­i­pated in the mak­ing of the “Spec­ta­cle de Noël en Église 2012” held on De­cem­ber 15th. I am grate­ful for all you have done with such great gen­eros­ity. And to the many peo­ple of the au­di­ence; thank you.

Chris­tian J. Ruf from cor­rup­tion and poverty to con­flict and cli­mate change.

For di­rec­tions to the cir­cle con­sult www. stanstead­stonecir­cle.org or call Kim Pran­g­ley 819 876 7462, Sylvie Guy­laine 450 532 5928 or Anne Cather­ine 450-441-5831 for more in­for­ma­tion. More info: 819 876 7462

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Phase 1 of the Win­ter Sol­stice cel­e­bra­tion will take place at the Stanstead Stone Cir­cle.

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