Summer is a comin' today!


Unite and unite
Now let us unite
For summer is a comin' today!

While last year's summer solstice was an evening of fireflies, fairies, and quiet magic in a long sun-lit evening, this year's solstice was a feast of song, dance, and fire. The Revels Summer Solstice festival was actually on the solstice this year.


It began with a parade led by Hels' Morris Dancing team. She joined this team in April and has been enjoying both the dancing and the hanging out with teens. She's on the left behind the man with the hat.










A favorite part of the parade are these butterfly and firefly puppets. At the end of the evening, they reappear, with blinking neon colors, flying in the night.










Fire was a major element at this festival.

Juggling fire sticks while on a balance beam.
















Forging necklaces for children.















Baking bread.











Making pierced-tin lanterns.

At the end of the night, the green was surrounded by glowing tin lanterns.









At around 8:00 conch shells and rams horns called us back together for the final performance of singing and dancing.



The evening ended with fire, dance, and singing. Imagine over 200 people in three giant circles around a fire--teens in the center, men next, women and children in the outer ring. We sang a round and danced to beloved song:

Oh how lovely is the evening, is the evening
When the bells are sweetly ringing, sweetly ringing
Ding, Dong, Ding, Dong, Ding

It was dark, the giant fireflies glowed above us, fire circled about from the juggler-man, and we all shouted a "hurrah" for summer.


Lisa Anne  – (June 22, 2008 at 7:39 AM)  

That looks amazing! What a festival, I love singing and dancing with a big group of people, our evening was VERY subdued.

Yes, Amelia is going to Kroka. I saw a comment you left on "Teaching Handwork" about Hels going to Earthworks Camp and I figured it must be at Kroka. Amelia wanted to do that camp but we have visitors coming around that time. Instead she is going to the Ashuelot Indian Camp and then the Wilderness Camp for girls. She has never been there but we are impressed with their offerings. It would have been amazing if they ended up at the same camp! I think they would get along great.

Jessica  – (June 22, 2008 at 7:44 AM)  

It looks like a great celebration to welcome summer! Mine was a bit more low key-homemade icecream sandwiches on the porch, looking for lightning bugs! Happy summer!!!!!

Tara  – (June 22, 2008 at 7:49 AM)  

Wow! This is a festival done up in a BIG way! Nothing quite like that around here... It's beautiful!
To answer your question: The reading and study skills class Tess is in is taught through The University of Akron.

Dawn  – (June 22, 2008 at 10:20 AM)  

That must have been so exciting celebrating summer with so many people singing and dancing. That bread oven looks like something I'd like to try.

Amanda  – (June 22, 2008 at 11:55 AM)  

Wow, what a magical day/evening! It sounds so wonderful!

Angela  – (June 22, 2008 at 12:26 PM)  

Wow is right! Is this festival open to the public? We are only five hours from VT...what a great way to celebrate!

Dulce Domum  – (June 22, 2008 at 12:27 PM)  

Hey, It's so nice to see some Morris from the other side of the pond! My eldest girl was taught folk dancing at school, she plays the fiddle too, and wants to join our local ladies Morris (she's still a bit young)...the DH and I are both sad folkies..."summer is y'comen in and winter is y'gone!" We're off to Cornwall soon, but not in time for the Padstow old'os!

Dulce Domum  – (June 22, 2008 at 12:33 PM)  

Oh, here's a link to our local festival, with links to various morris troupes. Enjoy!

http://www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk/dance.shtml

Maymomvt  – (June 22, 2008 at 3:49 PM)  

Angela--yes, this is open to the public: http://www.revelsnorth.org/ It's not as big as it looks on my blog. The entire thing takes place on a town green!

haven  – (June 22, 2008 at 4:57 PM)  

I LOVE reading about the things that go on at your school!

I also enjoyed reading your Mittenstrings For God sidebar notes. Especially chapter one - that ran so true for me.

Maymomvt  – (June 22, 2008 at 5:50 PM)  

This was a community festival, not school. I love how school and community flow so well together for us.

anthromama  – (June 22, 2008 at 8:32 PM)  

How festive! I was just singing "Oh How Lovely" today.

denise  – (June 22, 2008 at 11:41 PM)  

Wow - that is awesome! So many great ceremonies and festivals where you are. Love it!

Lisa  – (June 24, 2008 at 12:46 PM)  

What an amazing community you live in. Thank-you for sharing your day.

Cadi  – (June 30, 2008 at 10:06 AM)  

Oh my gosh! What an amzing festival!

Yarrow  – (July 2, 2008 at 11:45 AM)  

How very wonderful! I would love to have such a celebration of the solstice here. We have our own small celebration within our circle, but a community event would be spectacular. Blessings.

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