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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-13-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 ENTERTAINMENT JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION While attendance has hovered around 1,000 in past years, Gusetti said about 400 more people visited the festival last year, bringing it close to 1,400. "It's pretty amazing to see that many people in the park," he said, saying that he loves seeing returnees but is happy to be bringing in new folks as well. Unlike some other music festivals, Gusetti said, the Summer Solstice Festival is "much calmer," and after nine years, the team has figured out a smarter layout to make it easier and more enjoyable for visitors. The family-friendly festival fea- tures some of the best young musi- cians on the Celtic music scene, as well as many musicians with decades of experience, he said. Festival performers include the Atwater-Donnelly Trio, The Hanneke Cassel Band, Kevin Crawford, Cillian Vallely & Patrick Doocey (from the Irish group Lunasa), Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, HighTime, La Croisée D'Antan, Bonnie Milner, Dan Milner, Partington & Sweeney, Roscommon Soles featuring Kevin Doyle with Sheila Falls, Josh Kane, Owen Marshall, M.L. Partington, and Torrin Ryan, and The Vox Hunters. Most groups will perform twice during the festival. Making Solstice Festival debuts are the Hanneke Cassel Band and Ireland's HighTime. Cassel, a Boston-based fiddler, who performs traditional and origi- nal music, said her style is influ- enced mainly by Scotland and Cape Breton Island. She'll be joined by cellist Mike Block and guitarist/ vocalist Keith Murphy. Cassel, who's played at BRT since 2003 almost annually, said, "It's always a warm crowd." With an unusual line-up of harp, flute, bodhran, guitar and vocals, along with Irish step danc- ing, HighTime, from Connemara, Ireland, offers both high-energy tunes and beautiful vocals, Gusetti said, adding that Séamus O Flatharta is a 23-time All-Ireland champion on harp, whistle, singing and dancing. Two highly anticipated festival returns are La Croisée D'Antan, a young trio of traditional musicians from Quebec, and Kevin Crawford, Cillian Vallely and Patrick Doocey, of the acclaimed Irish group Lunasa, according to Gusetti. Appearing for the first time at the festival is Roscommon Soles, a traditional Irish step dance-driven ensemble led by Kevin Doyle, of Barrington, a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. He will be joined by his sis- ter Maureen and daughter Shannon as the "Dancin' Doyles." Their performance is inspired by a show created for the Library of Congress and American Folklife Center in 2014 as part of the NEA Fellowship Awards in Washington, D.C. Aside from the performances, there will be 25 crafters, artisans and small business vendors as well as five food vendors: GottaQ BBQ, Mickey G's Clam Shack, The Incred-a-bowl food company, Del's, and The Ice Cream Machine. A children's activity area will fea- ture face painting, sand art, henna, and Marvelous Marvin's Circus Skills workshop. Festival sponsors include Navigant Credit Union, the town of Cumberland, The Valley Breeze Newspapers, Abbott Valley Veterinary Center, Open MRI of New England, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, and Angelo's Palace Pizza. The rain date is Sunday, June 16. Parking is free and a shuttle bus will be available from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6-15, and free for children under 5. Visit for more information including stage schedules. ROSCOMMON SOLES, above, who will open and close the festival features, from left, step dancer Kevin Doyle, Torrin Ryan, Sheila Falls, Josh Kane, danc- ers Maureen and Shannon Doyle, and Mary Lee Partington. Joining them will be Owen Marshall on guitar and dancer CJ Jefferson. At right, THE HANNEKE CASSEL BAND features Mike Block, Hanneke Cassel and Keith Murphy. SOLSTICE From Page One drank a bit more, and continued talk- ing. They asked why I had recently missed writing two weeks in a row, which brought us to the subject of computers and the fact that my laptop had stopped speaking to my printer when I switched internet servers last month. Turns out that both of these women are computer people and they insisted that getting my printer up and running would be a piece of cake. By the time we had been back and forth into the room where the printer is located several times, pulling it out, turning it over, taking pictures of the modem, and "puzzling till our puz- zlers were sore," to quote Dr. Seuss, we had knocked all the corners off the process of getting to know each other and were as comfortable together as old friends. The printer problem finally solved, I said, "How about another cup of fresh tea? And since you all know that I actually own cups with saucers now, we can push those aside and go for the mugs that hold enough to make it worthwhile." As I said, it was a blast. Sheila said I should come to see her garden. I replied, "Just invite me," and we all agreed we need to do this again some- time soon ... no flowered hats required. Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. RHEA From Page 5 ACROSS 1. Mathematical term (abbr.) 4. Seaport (abbr.) 7. "Unforgettable" singer 10. The GOAT 11. Used to harvest agave cactus 12. Luke's mentor __-Wan 13. Muses 15. IBM operating system 16. Hungarian village 19. Popular conver- sation topic 21. N. Atlantic island 23. Fail to discern correctly 24. The President has one 25. Irish Gaelic language 26. Gasteyer and Ivanovic are two 27. Garnished 30. National capital 34. Basics 35. Initial public offering 36. Winged horse 41. English synthpop duo 45. Mars crater 46. A lot 47. Small organelles 50. By reason of 54. "Growing Pains" actor Kirk 55. Free from con- tamination 56. Genus in the ma- hogany family 57. Body part 59. A belief in a supreme being 60. Talk a lot 61. Actors' group 62. Unit of measure- ment 63. Slick 64. No seats avail- able 65. A way to change color DOWN 1. Belongs to the daughter of Chaos 2. Wardrobe 3. Derek and Jeff are two 4. Disfigured 5. Hawaiian dish 6. What a hack drives 7. Horse gear 8. Do away with 9. Narrow straits between Sinai and Arabian peninsulas 13. Corrie 14. Hawaiian flower necklace 17. Midway between northeast and east 18. Insecticide 20. Comfort 22. Town in Galilee 27. Informal greeting 28. Relative biologi- cal effectiveness (abbr.) 29. Used to check the heart 31. Western India island 32. Credit card term 33. Female deer 37. British football team 38. Persian jurisdic- tion 39. Freshwater mus- sel genus 40. Opposite of hap- piness 41. Ban on trade 42. Bitterly regrets 43. Assented 44. Well-propor- tioned 47. Part of (abbr.) 48. Indigenous peo- ple of Thailand 49. A man of your stature (abbr.) 51. Advantageous 52. Female sibling 53. Electronic countermeasures 58. Swiss river Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 11.

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