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Solstice Festival a time to rejoice...and dance

June 22, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Weatherwise, it was a day befitting the Blackstone River Theatre’s Summer Solstice Festival. As participants filtered in to Diamond Hill Park with their lawn chairs and blankets, the perfect temperature and overall pretty day seemed to be on everyone’s minds, along with the nonstop schedule of music and dancing.

The festival featured five stages with performances running throughout the day and into the evening. The musicians, dancers and performers reflected the Celtic, Irish, French Canadian and Native American roots of many of the region’s earliest settlers. A Youngfolk Stage was devoted to children’s performances.

On one stage, Irish step dancers from Tir Na Nog performed by the pond for an appreciative audience while at another, The Gnomes had people clapping along and dancing to their brand of “world-folk-fusion.”

Russell Gusetti, the Blackstone River Theatre’s executive director and the festival’s producer, said the event is in its fourth consecutive year (although there were two similar festivals held in 2007 and 2008).

Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Sunday's Call.

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