A Winter Solstice Celebration featuring entertainment and activities from various cultures will occur simultaneously throughout the evening both indoors and out will be presented by the Labyrinth Walk Coffee House on Saturday, December 21 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm at the facilities of Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff (UUCOC), located at 3839 W. Kiest Blvd, Dallas, 75233.
Performers are musicians Jenni Mansfield Peal, GlorChanters, Gabrielle West, Sound Oasis, and Taikodelic; storytellers Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson; and children’s music with Willow & Her Giant. There will be Earth Loom decorating; fortune telling by Terry Guyton; a Labyrinth walk; Yule log burning; and a Spiral Dance with Raven Crow High Priestess Pam Kincaid and Drums Not Guns.
There is no charge for admission, but please bring a canned good or item of clothing for our food and clothing drive for the needy. Donations to cover the cost of the event and tips for the performers who are donating their time will be accepted.
Indoor events scheduled are:
5:45: Children may be dropped off in the Hope building for a slumber party and entertainment by Willow and Her Giant. A musical children’s group will perform and children’s crafts will be available.
6:00: A Welcome by Odin (a major Norse god) and a candle-lighting Opening Ceremony by Tess Castleman, author, psychologist and Jungian analyst;
6:30: Jenni Mansfield Peal, singer and composer of urban folk and character ballads;
7:00: Chanting featuring the GloriChanters led by UUCOC’s own musical director Glorian Mulligan-Stratton
7:30: Singer, actress, writer, and radio/TV broadcaster, Gabrielle West will perform Native American songs;
7-9:00: Cookies, fruits, and nuts, along with warming hot spiced cider and hot chocolate will be available.
8:00: The Sound Oasis will combine woodwinds, keyboards, and drums to create a world of fusion and soaring melodies and rhythms;
8:30: Taikodelic, a wholly American exploration of the Japanese style drumming called Taiko, will perform.
Ongoing events Charity Building &/or Gazebo
~Storytellers Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson will entertain you with yuletide tales intermittently throughout the evening. With a combined 45 years, this due has been telling stories together for 14 years and served as the annual Winter Solstice celebration storytellers for 13 years. They have gone to schools, libraries, festivals, and community events and have regular commitments to local drug and alcohol treatment centers, a federal penitentiary and county jail.
~Fortune tellers will be on hand to read your future for a cash donation. Terry Guyton will be reading Tarot Cards and Bind Rune Stones, while Swami Salami will have her magical crystal ball.
Outdoor ceremonies begin at 6:30:
*Earth Loom decorating: A living symbol in the ground demonstrating the weaving together the fabric of community. It helps us unite hands and hearts to build and weave an emblem and instrument of peace.
*Meditative candle-lit Labyrinth walking: Walking a labyrinth brings a different meaning and experience to everyone. This labyrinth was built in 1999 and maintained by many loving hands.
*Ritual Yule Log burning: A Yule log is a large, very hard log burned in the hearth as part of a traditional Yule or Christmas celebration in several European cultures and is associated with the winter solstice celebration.
*9:00 pm sees the start of the Closing Ceremony – a spiral dance will be led by Raven Crow High Priestess Pam Kincaid with rhythms provided by Drums, Not Guns, a non-profit, whose members believe that people enjoying and playing music together reminds of us of our common humanity.
at the Church’s two lots and at the New Life Bible Fellowship lot at the corner of 3727 W. Kiest and Coombs Creek Drive on the east side of Five-Mile Cemetery. For more information, see http://www.labyrinthwalkcoffeehouse.com and/or https://www.facebook.com/events/570245633025395