Veterans for Peace Winter Solstice Concert – Dec. 8, 8:00 p.m.

Veterans for Peace will host its 26th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 P.M. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 N.W. 34th St. The event will feature music from Cherokee Peace Chant, Drums of Peace, A Choir of Heavenly Semi-Angels, John Chambers, Lauren Robinson, Kevin O’Sullivan, Quartermoon, Talking Stick and The Relics. Bill Hutchinson will be the MC for the event.

This is the sixth year Veterans for Peace, an organization advocating for the abolishment of war as an instrument of government policy, has held its Solstice Celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship due to the event’s growing popularity as it typically draws a crowd of more than 400 people.

Because of fire code regulations, the new venue can only accommodate up to 400 people indoors. Because of the large crowds drawn every year, standing room will be available outside where the concert can also be heard through large speakers.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Hyde and Zeke’s Records, 402 N.W. 10th Ave., for a suggested donation of $10 to $30. The doors open at 6:30 P.M. and the concert begins at 8:00 P.M., but people who purchase tickets in advance must arrive by 7:30 P.M. to assure a seat. Unclaimed seats will be opened up for those in line after 7:30 P.M., with no preference given to advance ticket purchasers, until all 400 seats are filled.

Outside the event, organizations and groups from the Gainesville area will set up informational booths and tables. Attendees are encouraged to bring clothing, food and personal items to be collected and distributed by Helping Hands Clinic. Refreshments will also be available.

Parking is available at the event but is limited (carpooling recommended!), and parking attendants will be present to assist drivers.

For more information about the Winter Solstice Celebration, visit our Website at

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