Windsor’s Moondance Festival Planned October 5

 

WINDSOR, VT -On Friday, October 5, 2012, Windsor, Vermont will host “Moondance,” a street festival for the entire community.

  The organizers of the event are Gina Wenz and Jill Spencer-White.  According to Wenz, the festival is about “the known and the unknown, the magical, mystical, astronomical, gastronomical and very celestial.” She also said that the mission for the event is to “elevate the energy, educational and artistic levels and possibilities of our region; to build a happier, healthier, engaged and interconnected community; to make use of the assets within our downtown and to inspire and delight.”

  The website states “There’s a small moon rising on October 5, 2012 from 5 until 11 p.m. Keep your eyes on the sky and your ears tuned into the galaxy.”

  It was back in 1999, when Cindy Haight, Jill Spencer-White and Gina Wenz got together and decided to organize a nighttime festival.  The idea took off and over the years, the event has attracted huge crowds from all over the region.  “It just grew and grew,” stated Wenz.

  Event goers are highly encouraged to wear costumes and a contest for the best fanciful “Moondance” attire is planned. Wenz and Kim Ip were already trying on wizard costumes in anticipation. Ip reminisced about former Moondance festivals. “When I was little, I remember the parades and going to the Friends and Company booth and toys were glowing in the dark and sparkly…. all the yummy food” and that “everyone was talking about it.”

  In past years the storefronts were transformed on Main Street. The downtown merchants decorated their establishments in the spirit of the lunar theme. 

  The occasion was also a setting for world-class performers. The event hosted magicians, hypnotists, marionettes and dance troops, among others. 

  There were notable presentations at the street festival; for example, in the past there were representatives from the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, from Concord, New Hampshire and the Fairbanks Museum Night Sky, from St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

  This year as before, the public will be treated to live music and enjoy delicious food, such as “Cheese Street”,  “because the moon is made of cheese,” said Wenz playfully.

  The event is on Facebook: www.moondancevt.comand will occur rain or moonshine.

  For further information contributors and vendors can call Jill Spencer-White at 802-674-2929 or send an email to jjrwhite3@yahoo.com. Presenters and performers can call Gina Wenz at 802-674-6830 or emails friendsandco@comcast.net