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Revels SummerFaire is a new event created to celebrate the Summer Solstice with song, dance and fun activities on June 23rd, 2012.
Revels SummerFaire is a new event created to celebrate the Summer Solstice with song, dance and fun activities on June 23rd, 2012.
60 backers pledged $3,775 to help bring this project to life.

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Portland Revels’ new free public event in honor of the Summer Solstice will bookend our successful Christmas Revels performances honoring the Winter Solstice now in their 18th year in Portland. We’ll be at the PSU Farmer’s Market from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, June 23rd, the closest Saturday to the June 21 Summer Solstice. Our mission is to celebrate the seasons in community with traditions and the performing arts, so we’ve invited some wonderful performers to grace our main stage, and we’ll have smaller acts “on the green,” as well as cultural groups, storytelling, and kids activities on the block next to - and in - the lively public venue of the PSU Farmer's Market. Since many of the seasonal folk arts traditions that Revels preserves and showcases arose in the context of the agricultural cycle of planting and harvesting and small village life, basing this new celebration in the Farmer's Market seems like coming home. For more about us, please check our website at http://www.portlandrevels.org/revels.php?page=revels-summerfaire


At 9:00 am we’ll sally forth with banners flying and voices lifted in our opening procession to greet the morning. Then folks can enjoy performances on the mainstage and on the green until our 1:20 pm closing procession.

Main stage guest performers include:

  • Revels' ViVoce Singers
  • The Oregon Chorale
  • Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon.
  • The Portland Peace Choir
  • Yiddish Republik
  • Original Practice Shakespeare
  • Bollywood Movez
  • Inspirational Sounds from Latin America
  • NW Conservatory of Dance
  • The Tir Eoghain Dancers

On the green we’ll enjoy:

  • Renegade Rose Morris team
  • The Wild Rose Garland Dancers
  • Costumed rustics
  • Storytellers from the Portland Storytellers Guild

We’ll have volunteer hosts offering hands-on fun workshops about the solstice, the seasons, and arts and folk traditions to engage and educate children and families. And we are hosting cultural and ethnic organizations from around the world to share their home traditions about the Solstice, the sun, and the seasons. It will be a super fun day of getting to know our neighbors and learning more about the world around us. We can't wait!

We hope you can help us to support a brand new day out for thousands of market-going families and kids of all ages to celebrate the Summer Solstice.  There’s LOTS to pay for, starting with thousands of dollars for park permits, a big stage and sound system for the day, lots of materials for kids to mess around with and learn from, a HUGE handmade sun ball to preside over the day, pennants and banners to make a fabulous pair of parades. Our actual event costs will be far higher than our Kickstarter goal, but we need to make a start. 

Whew - we sure do hope you can help us out!

**All pledges are tax deductible, since Portland Revels is an educational nonprofit.

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    *Friend* Become a Friend to Revels SummerFaire and get a special credit on our website. Help us by spreading the word in your community whether on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, email or your other favorite social media!

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    As of our successful funding on June 13th, all existing and future backers are eligible to receive a digital or snail-mail coupon redeemable at SummerFaire for an exclusive Backer's Blue Ribbon, which may be affixed to the SummerFaire Sun at the event!

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    *Sprout * For a pledge of $5 or more we promise you a website credit, and a warm Revels hug each time we see you!

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    *Mustardseed* For a pledge of $10 or more we promise you a credit, a hug, and a great "Revels Brings Back the Sun" decal for your car or home window.

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    *Dandylion* For a pledge of $15 or more we promise you a credit, a hug, a decal and a handmade origami sun.

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    *Dragonfly* For a pledge of $25 or more, we promise you all the above, plus a thanks note from our board of directors on cool paper studded with flower seeds that you can plant to grow your garden in the sun!

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    *Butterfly* For a pledge of $50 or more, we'll provide hugs and swag, the thanks note to grow your garden of our gratitude, and a free happy sun face painting at SummerFaire Saturday, June 23rd 2012.

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    *Swallowtail* For a pledge of $75 or more, we'll provide hugs, your sunny decal, thanks note to grow your garden of our gratitude, your happy sun face painting at SummerFaire, and a chance to ring our “Sun Salute” bell to gather the crowds around at the event. You’ll be the sunny center of attention.

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    *Sunflower* For a pledge of $100 or more, we'll provide all previous rewards, plus our new reusable tote bag with our cool SummerFaire logo. Put that sun to work for you!

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    *Moonflower* For a pledge of $150 or more, we'll provide all previous rewards, plus a large t-shirt with our cool SummerFaire logo. Strut the sun on your very own body throughout the year!

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    *Oberon/Titania* For a pledge of $250 or more, we'll provide all previous rewards, plus a pair of tickets to the dress preview of the Christmas Revels show in December.

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    *John (or Jane) Barleycorn* For a pledge of $500, we'll provide all previous rewards , plus a pair of premium tickets to our Christmas Revels show in December.

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    *King (or Queen) of the Day* For a pledge of $1000, we'll provide all previous rewards, and your name will be captured permanently as a SummerFaire Founder. Our team of talented artists will craft a super one-of-a-kind jeweled golden sun mask for you to wear at home and to masked parties. If you attend the SummerFaire event, we'll present you as our hero on stage. And we'll give you four premium tickets to the 2012 Christmas Revels

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    *Green Man or Green Lady* For a pledge of $2500, we'll provide all previous rewards, and your name will be captured permanently as a SummerFaire Founder. Our team of talented artists will craft a super one-of-a-kind jeweled golden sun mask for you to wear at home and to masked parties, plus a beautiful handmade head wreath to top off your ensemble. If you attend the SummerFaire event, we'll present you as our hero on stage. And we'll give you eight premium tickets to the 2012 Christmas Revels

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    *Mother (or Father) Nature* For a pledge of $5000, we'll provide all previous rewards, and you may call yourself a Revels Sponsoring Producer. We'll provide you with 20 complimentary tickets to the 2012 Christmas Revels show and a private party onsite at the theater with introductions to our artistic staff and our headliner performers.

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Funding period

- (19 days)