Thursday December 20, 2012

DUMMERSTON -- Break out your dancing shoes one more time on Friday, for the final countdown with Simba as we celebrate the Winter Solstice and the end of the Mayan calendar.

Simba’s annual dance and music extravaganza this Winter Solstice is even more special because of the alignment of the sun, earth and galactic center and the completion of the ancient Mayan calendar on that day. Everyone is invited, so leave your troubles behind and come out to the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center.

This annual party will be a night of drumming, dancing, music and fun for the entire community. All ages are invited. The event is from 7 to 11 p.m.

Simba has been together 23 years, playing weddings, parties, summer concerts and special events; but the Solstice Dance Party is a highlight for the band and for the dancers. The band will play music to make you move: funk, reggae, Latin, world beat, soca-calypso, ska, jazz and blues.

The members of Simba are: Bob Stabach on sax and flute; Dan DeWalt on keyboard, steel drum and trombone; Wim Auer on bass; Charlie Schneeweis on trumpet and vocals; Steve Sonntag on trumpet and percussion; Derrik Jordan on guitar, keyboard, percussion, violin and vocals; Steve Leicach on congas and talking drum; and Johnny Yuma on drums and vocals.

Rupa Cousins will lead a movement meditation dedicated to peace, love and unity for the community and the world.

The Evening Star Grange is located at the intersection of East-West Road, Bunker Road and Middle Road in Dummerston Center.

Admission is $10, with a family maximum of $25.