Each year, folks in Petoskey gather to celebrate the winter solstice in artful expression, and this year’s event, “Weaving Community,” is no exception. Designed to be a whole-family experience, all are welcome to honor the joy and light of fellowship as Northern Michigan settles into its longest nights of the year. 

The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. in the Carnegie Building (next to Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey) with an opening/greeting ceremony.  Attendees are invited to weave strips of fabric, yarn, and more into a vertical tapestry loom in the spirit of a community art project before breaking out into several activities, including mask making, a drumming, yoga and dance workshop, an up-cycle clothing craft circle, or simply enjoying food and music provided by Dale and Maureen Scott.

Directly following the afternoon events, a Circle of Community concert will be held at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, featuring Northern Michigan musicians Seth Bernard and May Erlewine and special guests Breathe Owl Breathe.  The concert will also feature musicians from the Petoskey area sharing seasonal songs and leading the audience in a community sing-out.

All afternoon events are free, and concert tickets are $12 Advanced, $15 
Reserved/Door for Adults, $6 for Students/ $7 Door.  Children under 12 are free but need a reserved seat. Tickets are available in Petoskey at Crooked Tree Arts Center, The Grain Train, and Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, or the Blissfest office.  For more information, contact Blissfest 231-348-7047 or visit: blissfest.org.