Thursday, June 19, 2014

Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival is THIS Saturday!




WE ARE! Fundraising and planning is almost over it's time to make it happen! Over the course of the next four days more than 75 incredible volunteers will transform a beautiful but underused park in Cumberland into a world class festival space... FIVE stages and 45 food and craft vendors will be set up, ready for YOU to enjoy an amazing day of music, dance and culture!

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Mickey G's Clam Shack, GottaQ BBQ, The Salad Man & Juice Bar, Del's Lemonade, and the Ice Cream Machine.

SoulQuest Designs, Cheryl's Designs, Tom and Alice Apiaries, Scentsy Fragrance, Willow Grove Naturals, Thirty-One Gifts, Dexter Fiddles, The Pampered Chef, Willow Grove Tie-Dye, My Magical Emporium, K&T Jewelery Accessories, Bonnie Lee's Creations, Renewal by Andersen, Silver 'N Such, Jewels by Crissy B, Rick's Musical Instruments, Kim Wyld-Chirico, Hands That Heal RI, Gerry Scanlon and Sons, Starlite Jewelry Designs, Tupperware, SilverLeaf Designs, R.I. Independent Living Council, La Wren's Nest, Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing, Celtic Beat, mpic studios, Charmed in R.I., The Art Group of Northern R.I., Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Pocasset Wampanoag Creations, BoydHomes, Swiss Just, Terry's Tasty Treasures, Rusted Goat Soaps, Silpada Designs, Rita's Boutique Fashions & Accessories, Harmony Pots, R.I. Home Improvement, The Rhode Island Ceilidhe Club.
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Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Russell Gusetti, Executive Director  

4th annual BRT Summer Solstice Festival

Looking for a great family-friendly outdoor music festival without having to travel hours to find it? Blackstone River Theatre has your solution as we move our programming outside to present the 4th annual Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival at Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, on Saturday, June 21. The Summer Solstice Festival, falling on the Solstice itself this year, will run from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with five stages that focus on Celtic and world music, dance and culture. There will also be more than 45 craft and food vendors.

Featured entertainers include long-time BRT favorites as well as several acts that will be new to area audiences. This year sees three music stages plus stages dedicated to both Irish dance traditions and children's entertainment, all running continuously throughout the day.

Featured performers - most doing two sets each - include Burning Bridget Cleary, Cantrip (from Scotland), Aoife Clancy and Robbie O'Connell, Eastern Medicine Singers (Algonquin and native American drum and song), The Gnomes, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Laurel Martin, Mark Roberts & Kieran Jordan, the Panache Quartet, Pendragon, Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen, and Torrin Ryan & Mark Oien.

There will also be nonstop Irish step dance featuring 40 dancers from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance and Showcase Dance Productions as well as participatory set dancing with Devine's Diner. A children's stage will feature Aoife Clancy, Irish magic shows with Debbie O'Carroll, Mary King & Phil Edmonds, and Marvelous Marvin's Circus Arts.

Admission is only $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children ages 6-15, children under 5 free. Festival sponsors include Navigant Credit Union, the Town of Cumberland, The Valley Breeze Newspapers, Open MRI of New England and Angelo's Palace Pizza.  

And the music continues Saturday night!...

One of the highlights of each year's Solstice Festival is the after-festival music session held at Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St. "It's designed to be an intimate, informal evening that allows attendees the chance to mingle with performers and hear some great music in a casual atmosphere," Russell Gusetti, Festival producer, explains. "We sell only 80 tickets to the event, and it has sold out the past two years, so we encourage folks to reserve a spot ahead of time. If any tickets remain, we'll sell them at the Festival information booth during the day." AS OF TODAY, ONLY 35 TICKETS REMAIN! E-mail through Wednesday night to reserve your spot!
The after-festival music session takes place Saturday, June 21, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Angelo's Palace Pizza. The session features virtually all of the festival performers. There will be a cash bar and complimentary food will be available at the evening event. Tickets are $20.00 per person and advance purchase is highly recommended. Blackstone River Theatre is located at 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. Telephone is (401) 725-9272.

"One of the nicest things that happens is the great mixture of songs and tunes along with some incredible dancing," Gusetti added. "It's really a magical time when musicians are relaxed and playing in combinations that are usually not possible and that audiences rarely see. At times, we have more than 25 musicians and dancers performing at once."

Blackstone River Theatre | 549 Broad Street | Cumberland | RI | 02864

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