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CELEBRATING THE WINTER SOLSTICE                             Editor: Nancy Nourse

Date: December 19, 2011  Region: Memphremagog

winter solstice photoIf you are looking for something meaningful beyond the materialism and hustle-bustle of Christmas shopping, Kim Prangley suggests that you incorporate a little peace into the season by taking part in the Winter Solstice Celebration ‘From Darkness …into the light’ in Stanstead, on Friday, December 23.

The event begins with a bonfire ceremony honouring the longest night of the year and the return of the sun at the Stanstead Stone Circle. Participants and spectators will gather in the Stone Circle parking lot at 4p.m. BE SURE TO DRESS WARMLY!!

From 5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m., the festivities will move indoors for a Sacred Circle Dance held in the beautiful chapel at Manoir Stanstead (a short distance away),  at 496 Dufferin, where dancing will continue until 8 pm.  Participants are encouraged to dress in black, white or a combination of both and to bring their own water and picnic-style finger-food to enjoy during the short refreshment break.

Sacred Circle Dancing is a beautiful, joyous non-denominational gathering of  people who dance to simple songs and meaningful, symbolic music, sometimes holding hands, sometimes holding a candle or sometimes dancing alone within a circle of others dancing alone.  This special bilingual event will incorporate two Dances of Universal Peace and feature live musicians for several of the dances.

This co-creation brings together many people from various locations. Dance facilitators from Bonsecours and St. Bruno (Quebec), New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont will be participating, with dance enthusiasts attending from New Hampshire, Vermont,  Maine, the Townships, the Montreal region, and as far away as Toronto! 

Prangley invites the public to join the group for a truly memorable evening of peace, beauty and celebration honouring the earth and each other at this sacred time of year.  Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. All dances are taught on site. Donations to cover expenses are appreciated.

Information: or contact Kim Prangley at 819-876-7462.

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