Welcome Yule & Happy Holidays from the Portland Revels!

The Winter Solstice has past and we are now speeding our way toward the sun and light of the Summer Solstice!

We are thrilled to have completed the run of the fantastic Christmas Revels show, Christmas in Old Europeat the Scottish Rite in Portland. We would like to thank all that attended this year’s show and those that might think to attend the Christmas Revels next year. Thanks too to the many volunteers that help stage the production including the cast, creative team, backstage crew, production team, musicians, ushers, food service staff, amongst many others!

Please check back in with us though the upcoming year as we share the various happenings the Portland Revels plans in 2014!

Our first offering of the new year are the upcoming ViVoce concerts on Saturday, January 18th (7:30 PM) and Sunday, January 19th (4:30PM). Details of the concerts are provided on the ViVoce website.

Continuing later in January 2014 on Sunday the 26th, we host the annual Robert Burns Pub Sing, a date close to his actual birthday of January 25, 1789. Come join in parts of the festivities of the Burns Supper  and sing along in honor of Robert Burns!

While winter has just begun, relish any snippets of sun through the next months, and think to celebrate the seasons with the Portland Revels!

The Shortest Day

So the shortest day came, and the year died,
 
And everywhere, down the centuries of the snow-white world,
 
Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away.
 
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
 
They hung their homes with evergreen,
 
They burned beseeching fires all night long
 
To keep the year alive.
 
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
 
They shouted, reveling.
 
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them Echoing, behind us – listen!
 
All the long echoes sing the same delight
 
This shortest day
 
As promise wakens in the sleeping land,
 
They carol, feast, give thanks,
 
And dearly love their friends, and hope for peace.
 
And so do we here, now,
 
This year, and every year.

 
Welcome Yule!

Susan Cooper

We’ve begun our journey back to the longest day as of 9:13 AM PST! In honor of the days becoming longer, we provide a pictorial image of those next six months with the photos below. These are solargraphs, a time-lapse image of the sun’s path though the sky, as captured though a pinhole camera. The lower paths are the sun’s arc on the winter solstice while the top paths are images on the summer solstice. These photographs were imaged over the span of six months.

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