Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival is just 20 days away!




WE ARE! Fundraising and planning is almost over it's time to make it happen! In just 18 days, more than 75 incredible volunteers will begin to transform a beautiful but underused park in Cumberland into a world class festival space... FIVE stages, a session tent, and 40 food and craft vendors will be set up, ready for YOU to enjoy an amazing day of music, dance and culture!

June 20!
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Mickey G's Clam Shack, GottaQ BBQ, The Salad Man & Juice Bar, Del's Lemonade, and the Ice Cream Machine.

Tom and Alice Apiaries, Doodle Paintings, Scentsy, Thirty-One Gifts, Pins with Personality, Bonnie Lee's Creations, Renewal by Andersen, Silver 'N Such, Celtic Revival, Jewels by Crissy B, Premiere Water Systems, Reclectic Design, Starlite Jewelry Designs, Tupperware, Mommie's Hobbie Designs, SilverLeaf Studios, La Wren's Nest, Celtic Beat, mpic studios,
Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Pocasset Wampanoag Creations, BoydHomes,
The Glass Heron,
R.I. Home Improvement, Sandra-Lynn Custom Jewelry Designs
, Daren Rathbun Nature Photography, Sassy Classy Clay Creations, Massage Envy

We are still seeking more vendors! Contact

We have an amazing time planned for you! Full details can be found at:

1. We are still looking for a few more craft vendors, artisans, home-based businesses. Email
2. Purchase advance tickets today via check for both the festival and the after-festival session! We are working on setting up a PayPal account for the festival!

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Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Russell Gusetti, Executive Director  

5th 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 

5th annual Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival

at Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, on Saturday, June 20. The Summer Solstice Festival 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 40 craft and food vendors and a new session tent area where attendees are encouraged to bring instruments to play with some of the festival musicians.

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.

Festival performers - most doing two sets each - include Calan (from Wales), Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, The Gothard Sisters, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, Robbie O'Connell & Dan Milner, Pendragon, RUNA, The Vox Hunters with Torrin Ryan, and Will Woodson and Joey Abarta.

There will also be nonstop Irish step dance featuring 50 dancers from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance. A children's stage will feature Irish magic shows with Debbie O'Carroll, Mary King & Phil Edmonds, Art on the Spot Face Painting and henna, 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 the Town of Cumberland, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc., Navigant Credit Union, Valley Breeze, Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Open MRI of New England, Ocean State Urgent Care 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." E-mail to reserve your spot!
The after-festival music session takes place Saturday, June 20, 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 30 musicians and dancers performing at once!"

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

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