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.
- (19 days)