2014-12-12 / Community

Church plans Winter Solstice Celebration

First Parish Universalist Unitarian Church will host its Winter Solstice Celebration in Kennebunk at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21.

There’ll be singing, dancing, a performance by the Lost Arrow Consort Recorder Quartet, sea shanties, the Irish low pipe, general pageantry and a special appearance by La Befana.

The event is free and open to the public. However, all those attending are asked to bring one item of nonperishable food for the York County Shelter Programs’ Food Pantry in Alfred, as well as finger food for sharing. Last year’s solstice celebration collected more than 300 pounds of food.

“We’d like to top that this year,” said Sheila Littlefield of the First Parish Women for All Seasons, event sponsor.

La Befana is at the heart of the Italian Christmas season tradition, an old “witch” who arrives on a broom and brings stockings to children with gifts for the “nice” and coal for the “naughty.” Scholars think La Befana predates Christianity. She was originally a goddess of ancestral spirits, forests and the passage of time.

After the celebration in the sanctuary (handicapped accessible), participants will adjourn to the parish hall for food, dancing, drumming and general merrymaking.

For more information, call 985-3700.

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