Winter Solstice

Annual Winter Solstice Celebration


Thursday December 21, 2022
5:30pm – 9:00pm


The Winter Solstice, now as in ancient times, marks the longest night of the year, when the sun is at its lowest elevation in the sky. The return of the sun from its most southern position in the horizon as always been of great ceremonial significance, while also serving as a celestial clock.

Here in Phoenix the occasion is marked by music, poetry and crafts. The evening starts with a brief remembrance of those we have lost. Then onto the bonfire where the Grove of the Rising Phoenix will invite all to join in a community celebration of the New Year using elements of druidic rituals. A video presentation on New Grange and the Solstice tradition follows in the Great Hall. Bar with alcohol and hot drinks will be available for purchase.

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ICLF Members – $15
General/Non-Member – $20
Kids under 3 – Free

Performance by Begged Borrowed and Stolen


Begged Borrowed and Stolen is a Celtic music trio featuring Shannon Schumann (harp, flute, whistles, and vocals), Rick Boyle (bouzouki, guitar, and vocals), Heide Riggs (fiddle).  Longtime Valley residents, they formed as a trio in 2020. Drawing their inspiration from the deep well of Irish tunes and songs, they enjoy arranging traditional jigs and reels, as well as O’Carolan’s harp compositions, in interesting instrumental combinations of harp, bouzouki, fiddle, and flute with guitar. For the 2023 Winter Solstice celebration at the Irish Cultural Center, they’re delighted to play some seasonal songs and tunes with a Celtic flavor as well as those from the Irish and Irish-American tradition. Come and have a listen to what they’ve Begged Borrowed and Stolen on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at the ICC!