Madison Violet performing at Summer Solstice event

 In Events, Visit Creemore

The annual Summer Solstice party is coming up, celebrating the longest day of the year with dancing, music, food and drink on Creemore’s main street.

The festivities begin on Friday, June 16 with line dancing from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The community is invited to come for an intro to line dancing with instructor Hope Bell Young, who has been leading a group that has been meeting Fridays at Station on the Green since January.

Summer Solstice committee co-chair Linda deWinter, of Creemore 100 Mile Store, said the session is not a demonstration or a performance and that participation is highly encouraged. The caller will teach participants the steps each dance, which are then repeated as the whole group changes direction.

After the line dancing ends at 6:30 p.m. there will be a performance by the Creemore Drumming Collective.

At 7:30 p.m. headliners Madison Violet will take to the stage at Creemore Village Green for a free concert.

DeWinter said she saw Madison Violet perform a few times in Europe and was pleasantly surprised to learn they are Canadian and thought they’d be a great fit for the Solstice party.

Madison Violet – the Juno nominated duo, with Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern – has released more than 10 albums, with their latest, Eleven being considered their most candid album to date, filled with deeply personal stories of love and loss.

“The pair, who grew up on rural Cape Breton Island, came together musically in the late 1990s, over many evenings in Brenley’s grandmother’s kitchen, which was always bursting with food, family, friends, and instruments,” states their website. “Influenced by their maritime heritage, the east coast musicians began creating music together that had roots firmly planted in their past, but with contemporary and modern elements generously overlaid. Categorizing

Madison Violet’s music is an impossible task, in that one can hear elements of folk, singer-songwriter, pop, indie, bluegrass, and country flawlessly interwoven throughout.”

On June 16, the community is invited to bring a picnic or purchase food in town and partake in a community picnic on the green and at picnic tables set up on the closed portion of the road between Caroline Street and the park. There will be a cash bar selling wine, Creemore Springs beer, cider from Duntroon Cyder House, Lost Meadows mead and pre-mixed cocktails.

The event is hosted by Creemore BIA and Creemore Village Green.

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