Solstice Announces Workshop Opening

The 2013 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Workshop Open House, from 4 to 7 p.m. May 17 at 515 Garden St., is the official opening of the workshop for this year's parade, which begins at noon June 22.

“We are really grateful to have this space again, donated by local businessman Alan Macy.” said nonprofit Solstice Executive Director Claudia Bratton.

Those who attend the workshop can meet the artists, costumers, mask makers, technical staff and see what is planned for the Solstice Parade. This year’s posters and T-shirts will be available for purchase at the workshop open house. Light refreshments will be offered.

“Our theme of ‘Creature’ will inspire lots of interesting, colorful floats and ensembles,” Bratton said.

Starting May 18, the workshop will be open to the public with regular hours 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If anyone has some of the supplies to donate to the workshop, they can bring them to the Workshop after May 8. A list of needed art supplies and materials is on the Solstice website. The workshop is in the same space it was last year while the regular location is still being used as a construction staging area for the City Water Processing Plant.

The Solstice Festival in Alameda Park extends over three days, June 21, 23 and 23. The Festival opens at 4 p.m. June 21 at the park, with theatrical and musical entertainment until 9 p.m. The festival resumes at noon June 22 with entertainment until 8 p.m. The Solstice Children’s Festival is open June 22 and 23 from noon to 6 p.m. with a variety of family and children’s activities, free art projects, booths and musical entertainment. Arts and crafts booths, food booths, and beer and wine garden will be open for all three days of the festival.

The Solstice celebration has grown into Santa Barbara’s largest arts event. It draws more than 100,000 spectators from around the world, with more than 1,200 parade participants. As a 501(c)3, nonprofit community organization, the Solstice Celebration has become a year-round organization, bringing the community together through the arts. For more information, call the Solstice office at (805) 965-3396 or go to this website

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