So, what is the solstice? Well , in technical terms, it occurs when the sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. In the Northern Hemisphere it occurs somewhere between December 20 – 21. Interpretation of this event varies among cultures but here in the Upper Valley, we celebrate it with The Christmas Revels. This year, 2012, it will be an Irish celebration, complete with music, dancing, singing and stories.
The setting is 1907, when immigration from Europe to the United States is at its peak. The Irish are a major part of this relocation and with them they bring their unique culture complete with poetry, dance, music and their strong sense of survival and yearning for a new life in this land of opportunity. The Christmas Revels put you on the deck of the Glenna Roy as the emigres create a memorable Christmas celebration at sea. There is Irish dancing, fiddler Laura Fisk, a terrific ceilidh band and, of course, an Irish story or two.
For more information please visit The Christmas Revels. See the performance, spend a night at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a wonderful breakfast the next morning. Make some time to do some holiday shopping in the area and remember there is no sales tax!