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Meta Index of SolstiCelebrations & Other Metaphysical Events. See also Winter 2007 and Summer 2008

2006 Winter
SolstiCelebration


7-9 pm, Tuesday December 19, 2006

Photographs by J R Compton with Comments by Amy "Moonlady" Martin

Photographs Copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce these images without written permission. Photos are in chronological order. Email corrections or anything in the text of an email. No attachments. All corrections have been incorporated.

Cathedral in Mist - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

A falling mist finally brought wintry weather to North Texas, but it only seemed
to make the Cathedral of Hope’s lights burn brighter. The light projection of Joy
on the John Thomas AIDS Memorial Bell Wall was a beacon to travelers struggling
to the event on slick, traffic-snarled streets.

 

Guitarist & Friend - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

In the quiet moments before the seating music started,
saxophonist Lee Schloss caught up with fellow musician Lisa.

 

Little Crawler - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Awaiting the crowd, little red-headed Grace Rebecca explored the stone floor …

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Wan Little Girl - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… and gazed at the proceedings.

 

Brother Fowler - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Brother Mark Fowler waited at the front door to accept
food pantry donations and winter clothing for the coat drive.

 

Tree Angel - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

In the center of the narthex (aka lobby), a tree-top angel
seems swamped by her voluminous gold attire.

 

Guitar in Empty Seat - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Lisa ‘s bass waits for her in the front row…

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Covered Up - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

…while across the sanctuary a young woman
waited and wrapped herself for warmth.

 

Ornaments on Tree - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

The intricacy of the church’s narthex Christmas
tree gold and blue finery was spellbinding.

 

Donation Frog - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Feed the amphibian! The donation frog
accepted dollars to help fund the evening
at the main event table in the narthex.

 

Oragami Bowl - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Jo Wharton of Cranes Fly for Peace taught attendees
how to fold origami peace cranes for the upcoming
International Women’s Peace Conference.

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The Room - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

As Annie Benjamin spun musical magic up front ...

 

Dad & Two Keys - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… people gathered in the beautifully decorated sanctuary …

 

Aerial Wreath - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… with a giant wreath overhead.

 

Turtleneck Couple - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Tex Frossard and Dianne Griffin perused the
eight-page program after a long work day.

 

Food Table - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Meanwhile, in nearby Fellowship Hall, the peanut butter and jelly
sandwich table had a snowman to bring out the kid in us all.

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Sweet Breads - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

A basket was filled with offerings of sweet
breads created by volunteer bakers.

 

Father Christmas Photo - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Jennifer Walz of Sentient Photography readied the set and
lighting so people can pose for digital pics with Father Winter.

 

Father Christmas - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Ed Townley as Father Winter, described by one
attendee as a walking hug, has never looked better.

 

Oranges & Bread - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

A loaf of savory bread by BreadWinners waits to
be unbagged next to a bowl of fresh cool oranges.

 

Happy Fruit Preparation - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Back in the kitchen, Ella St. Clair had fun slicing fruit.

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Red & Green Peppers - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Green and red bell papers slices wait to be added to cream cheese …

 

Food Preparation - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… while the amazing Dining Room Diva, Julia Schloss,
added more goodies to the cookie table.

 

Vallery in Nose - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Wild woman Baba Yaga, portrayed by Valery Guignon
roamed the early crowd, and later on sized up people
and affixed a sticker proclaiming them naughty or nice.

 

Kiddy Reach - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Children were fascinated by the glittery lobby tree.

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Vid Guy - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

A cameraman prepared his equipment to start videotaping the service.

 

Yoga Shake - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Cathy Harmon of Grapevine Yoga lead
the audience in loosening up …

 

Yoga Stretch - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… then demonstrated a yoga pose to reach up …

 

Hands Up - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… and then out to create a Circle of Joy.

 

Pray Hands Yoga - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Ending in the blessing namaste — the divine in me recognizes the divine in you
— as shown by Susannah Garza and her daughter Janie with David behind them.

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Heartbeat - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Then we shifted to our heart, focusing on our heartbeat …

 

Heartbeat Guys - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… feeling it expanding out to those around us as the common bond we share …

 

Heartbeat Drummers - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

in a swaying, tapping, inspiring ritual lead by music
therapist Michael Kenny called "One Heart One Drum"…

 

Heartbeat Hand Linking - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… linking us all.

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Story Teller Lady - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Storyteller Peggy Helmick-Richardson totally threw
herself into the Shinto legend of Amateratsu …

Story Teller Gene Helmick-Richardson - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… with Gene Helmick-Richardson sounding
wise on the ways of gods and goddesses.

 

Rat Attention - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

People drew attentive and focused as the darkness
wrapped around us, drawing us closer to one another.

 

Acapella Group

Ya Elbe sang "Dona Nobis Pacem," a chant of peace in many languages,
showing that what’s important is to learn to live in peace.

 

Dancer - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

After the Saying of Names ritual, in which we honored those
who died during the previous year, dancer Karen McIntyre
moved "Across the Universe" to connect us with each other.

 

Lady's Hands - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

After our Solstice Passage of three intense minutes in silent
darkness, we were led into the gentle dawn light in a rebirthing
breath ritual by ChiSing, an ordained student of Thich Nhat Hanh,
allowing ourselves to receive self forgiveness …

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Joe Meditating - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… and go deep within into meditation.

 

Starry Sky - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

The morning stars had one last time to
shine before the symbolic daybreak.

 

Pink Veil - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Dancers from Syrns of the Myst celebrated the colors
of a fresh new day with a blur of veils in pink ...

 

Green & Purple Blur - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… green, purple and blue …

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Veils Bauble Bounce - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… and the orange of a rising Sun …

 

Bowing Back - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

concluding on stage with the Syrns band in “Holly Holy.”

 

Mom & Daughter Watching - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

In the audience, attendees watched the stage …

 

Yoga Watchers - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… and the action on large video screens high on the wall …

 

No Nose - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… while Baba Yaga took a break without her nose.

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Dreamsicle - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

The Dreamsicles, Tom Prasada-Rao and Cary Cooper, sang
with their guest percussionist who wore an unusual straw hat …

 

Amy Martin Smiling - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… while event creator and producer Amy Martin smiled with delight,

 

Dreamsicle Lady - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Singer Cary Cooper reflected back to childhood in a song.

 

Harpist Into It - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Geoffrey Ricketts was passionate in his
performance of “I am the Walrus” on harp.

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Cute Boy - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

A mother and her young boy watched from the narthex …

 

Glittler Girls - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… where the Sun and Moon dancers of Ya Elbe
got ready to lead the final dance procession.

 

Poet and Horn-player - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Performance poet Fran Carris brought words to life as
musician Freddie interacted with his jazzy trumpet.

 

Happy Singers - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

SOMOS — Charity Lankford, TP Pas, Lainey Bernstein and Jen Wanamaker —
enjoyed the applause after singing Sweet Honey and the Rock's "We Are One."

 

Singer - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Lainey looked beautiful as usual against a backdrop of tree lights.

 

Placing the Orange Gate - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Gate elfs Suzannah Garza, daughter Janie
and friend move the Sun gate into place.

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Placing the White Gate - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Stage wizards Rodney Steman and Rande Wagner
moved the silvery Moon gate into place …

 

Mysterious Quiet Percussion Box - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… and then HappyShel began a rhythm on his drone box,
signaling Michael Kenny and friends to begin their final song.

 

Going through the Orange Gate - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

The audience, led by Ya Elbe and Syrns
dancers, danced through the Sun Gate …

 

Going through the White Gate - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

… and the Moon Gate, refreshed and
renewed for a new cycle of life.

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Fruit Bowl - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

In nearby Fellowship Hall, healthy fruits, nuts and grains awaited ...

 

Mother & Child - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

... bringing a smile to a mother and child.

 

Girl Playing with Orange Gate - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Before volunteers packed them away for next year's celebration,
two little girls raced through gates of the sun and moon.

 

Wreath Hat - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

An attendee looked splendid in a gold wreath hat …

 

Happy Mom with Camera - copyright 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

... and Lisa Martin playfully photographed the photographer
as he shot one last photo of rosy Grace Rebecca.

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