Thursday, November 24, 2016


 A special celebration dubbed Chriskwanzukkah, will be held at The Casements in Ormond Beach from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21. Creative Happiness Institute (CHI), Tomoka Poets, and the Ormond Beach Arts District (OBAD) have joined together to create a novel event that will also include a Winter Solstice ceremony.

There will be music, songs, poetry and prizes with an open mic for anyone who wishes to present a holiday-themed message. The event is free and open to the public with funding in part from the Cultural Council of Volusia County. Free sweets will be available and light refreshments will be sold.

Dr. David B. Axelrod, a Volusia County Poet Laureate and director of CHI, will perform the solstice ceremony. The exact time of the solstice is 5:44 p.m. on the 21st. “We want to honor as many traditions as we can,” says Dr. Axelrod, who promises to do so “with a light heart.”

Julia Truilo, executive director of OBAD, will also honor the occasion with a song. Mary-Ann Westbrook, president of Tomoka Poets, will host an open poetry reading. Roger Duvernoy and Mike Dorn, local singers/songwriters will also be featured and invite others to bring an instrument to perform. 

The Casements, located at 25 Riverside Drive in Ormond Beach, will be decorated for the holidays, displaying its famous Christmas tree gallery as part of their holiday gala. For more information about The Casements, call 386-676-3216. For more on Chriskwanzukkah, email or phone 386-337-4567.

Prepared by Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., a 501-c-3, charitable, educational organization.

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