The Winter Solabration started 28 years ago as a feast celebrating the holiday season, and has since evolved into a full-on party (minus the potluck). “We do a lot of the same things every year because people love it,” says organizer Chris Kermiet. “There’s a continuity to the event. We go with what works.”
And what works is a smorgasbord of holiday fun for people of all ages, though Kermiet notes that the late hours can be tough on the smallest children. There will be Christmas carols; a ceremony crowning the Winter Solstice king or queen; live performances by musical groups, dance ensembles (including solstice sword dancers) and even an extreme juggler; storytelling; a grand march; a mummers’ play; and opportunities to dance the night away, whether it’s waltzing, swing dancing or participating in a traditional American community dance. “All of the dances are taught and walked through,” Kermiet adds, so newcomers and veterans alike can feel comfortable strutting their stuff.
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The Winter Solabration starts at 6 p.m. at the Sons of Italy Hall, 5925 West 32nd Avenue in Wheatridge; admission is $33 for adults, $19 for teens and students and $9 for kids. Visit wsolstice.org for more information.
Sat., Dec. 21, 6-11:30 p.m., 2013