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Blackstone River Theatre’s Summer Solstice Festival brings sweet sounds to Diamond Hill

June 21, 2014

Stephen Moss, 14, of Providence, warms up with The Broad Street Fiddlers before taking the Riverdance Stage during the Solstice Festival at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland Saturday. (Photo by Ernest A. Brown)
 
CUMBERLAND -- Weather-wise, it was a day befitting the Blackstone River Theatre’s Summer Solstice Festival. As participants filtered in to Diamond Hill Park with their lawn chairs and blankets, the perfect temperature and overall pretty day seemed to be on everyone’s minds, along with the non-stop schedule of music and dancing.
 
The festival featured five stages with performances running throughout the day and into the evening. The musicians, dancers and performers reflected the Celtic, Irish, French Canadian and Native American roots of many of the region’s earliest settlers.  A Youngfolk Stage was devoted to children’s performances.
 
On one stage, Irish step dancers from Tir Na Nog performed by the pond for an appreciative audience while at another, The Gnomes had people clapping along and dancing to their brand of “world-folk-fusion.”
 
For full story and photos, see Sunday's print edition of The Call.
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