We all had a fantastic experience as we welcomed the return of light at our Solstice Celebration, December 18th. [singlepic id=101 w=320 h=240 float=right]We had between 175-200 people in attendance, about 40 of those children, and about 130 of them with little to no prior relationship to our congregation. The evening kicked off with an amazing puppet show from Soozie Lindbloom and OM Puppet Theatre that taught us all about Solstice, and then we proceded out to a roaring fire where Lisa Dancing-Light, Jimmy Byrne, Gretchen Haley and Rita Marsh (and other volunteers from Davi Nikent) offered a solstice ceremony. Cathy Schermer, Alyssa Reindel and Thelma Zabel worked magic on the Calaway Room, and there have never been more cookies in one place thanks to all the folks who brought in treats for the event. TRUU volunteers also offered warm hospitality and greeting to everyone who came, and all in attendance look forward to next year! Thanks to our Committee on Lifespan Membership and Ministry, especially Herb Feinzig and Mason Ingram for helping us to coordinate all those volunteers. Especially we should thank Amy Barr, Sue Coyle, Trina Haines, Alyssa Reindel, and Sue Edelstein who were the core Solstice committee, as well as Third Street Center our partners in making this event happen. We were also thrilled to get to know and support Soozie’s work, and of course we were blessed by Lisa and Jimmy’s beautiful music. It was truly a collaborative volunteer-driven event, and we couldn’t have done it with every single person’s time, energy and good will. We extend a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped make this happen! Also, check out Gretchen’s letter to the editor from the PI which talks about the event. To watch a slide show of this fantastic event – click here.