Arts on Main celebrates summer solstice

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
Musicians Faith Eileen and Tony Ward entertain at Stained Glass Creations and Beyond’s summer solstice celebration. Photos by Kitty LeShay.
Musicians Faith Eileen and Tony Ward entertain at Stained Glass Creations and Beyond’s summer solstice celebration. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

The summer solstice has been celebrated by many cultures for thousands of years with festivals and celebrations, both religious and spiritual. Stained Glass Creations and Beyond invited people to its shop to celebrate the longest day in the northern hemisphere a bit early on June 14, but the date did not dampen the fun. Owners Renee Goodwin and Sean Gannon captured the mood with food, drink and tarot card readings in a shop filled with wiccan and celestial works in glass.

Outside the shop on Main Street, Linda Bowling from Jemilah Henna Creations was decorating people’s skin with that rich, earthy reddish brown color. “I call it painting with plants. It takes a lot of practice and a lot of reading, and it helps to be artistic,” she explained. Close by, Dee Chapin was selling her custom jewelry which she made.

Trisha Wooldridge was doing tarot card readings indoors. “I have had the same deck of cards for 16 years now. Each deck has its own voice, and I plan on staying with this one,” she said. Donna Livingston, a psychic medium Reiki practitioner was also at the celebration, and she specializes in connecting clients with loved ones who have passed. “I hear their souls and their souls guide me in giving information to the client. I can validate what I say by telling the client things only he or she would know. That is how I gain their trust,” she said.

Main Street was packed with people getting ice cream, visiting along the river and going to the market, which grows weekly. The market is run by Amity Smith, who, with her husband Michael, owns Rustology, a shop full of antiques and unusual finds.


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