Beer and Winter Solstice added together equal a good time. Welcome the upcoming return of the Sun at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. this evening at their Winter Solstice Pre-Party.
The event kicks into gear from 7:00 pm until 12:00 am. There will be entertainment by George Heritier, a local singer and songwriter who hails from these parts. Well known and loved by the general, as well as the Pagan community, when you see his name you know its going to be a fun time.
Reggie Smith & the After Party will then take the stage to do an acoustic offering that is sure to go down as easy as the ales. Music is part of Solstice celebrations, and this celebration for pre -solstice evnet is no different.
One need only look to Saturnalia to recall the link between the Solstice and merry making. It is a given that it is an
"occasion for celebration, visits to friends, and the presentation of gifts, particularly wax candles (cerei)"
So make merry and rejoice, day jobs be forgotten, and fellowship had by all. The time of Light is returning. Singing is not mandatory, but if you should so desire, here is a really good song to learn:
"The Real Old Mountain Dew" Lyrics:
Let grasses grow and waters flow in a free and easy way
Give me enough of the rare old stuff that's made near Galway Bay
And policemen all from Donegal, Sligo, and Leitrim too
We'll give them the slip and we'll take a sip of the Real Old Mountain Dew.
There's a neat little still at the foot of the hill where the smoke curls up to the sky
By a whiff of the smell you can plainly tell that there's poitin, boys, close by.
For it fills the air with a perfume rare and between both me and you
As home we roll we can drink a bowl or a Bucket of Mountain Dew.
Now learned men as use the pen have writ the praises high
Of the rare poitin from Ireland green distilled from wheat and rye
Away with your pills, it'll cure all ills, be ye Pagan, Christian, or Jew
So take off your coat and grease your throat with a Bucket of Mountain Dew.
Notable Versions of "The Real Old Mountain Dew
possibly written by a Samuel Lover or an Edward Harrigan"
What a way to pay tribute to a grand Tradition. John Barleycorn never had a chance. Neither did Hannah Hops. Time to enjoy the fruits of our labor with the Spirit of the Grain.
This year has seen a dramatic increase in the number of small breweries around Detroit and the suburban area. Home Brewing is booming, and pub nights are part of the lifestyle of many in our community. So much so, that you may have become accustomed to the local phenomenon of Pagan Pub Night.
Feasting and parties are a part of the season, and food will be provided at this event by Detroit BBQ Company. Prices are reasonable, and the food is great. Bring your bib (wink).
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is located at 5919 Chicago Road, Warren, Michigan. They have been visited by Pagans before, and it is a sure thing that they can handle the fun our bunch brings to the party. After all, not far from there is the site of the Michigan-Midwest Witches Ball.
Want more details, either call them at (586) 979-8361, or go to their website at http://www.kbrewery.com/.
To find out more about the Michigan-Midwest Witches Ball, please visit their website at http://midwestwitchesball.com/. The theme for 2014 will be Into the Woods. Get costume shopping now.