Registration is now open for summer KindlingsFest 2011

KindlingsFest. - Courtesy of The Kindlings.
— image credit: Courtesy of The Kindlings.

Registration is now open for this summer's KindlingsFest 2011, scheduled on Orcas for July 27-30.
KindlingsFest is “a celebration of arts and ideas where they intersect with the spiritual,” and “a mind and spirit-nurturing event,” according to organizer Dick Staub. 
Annually hosted on Orcas Island by The Kindlings, the festival brings to Orcas Island a few hundred people from across the nation and world, who are joined by many Orcas residents.
This year’s theme, “Turning Mourning Into Dancing,” will be explored in four morning lectures. Dr. Jerry Root’s Wednesday morning lecture is titled “C.S. Lewis On Mourning,” and will be followed by a Thursday lecture on “C.S. Lewis: Surprised by Joy.”
“On Thursday and Friday morning New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas will deliver lectures on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce, each of whom turned mourning into dancing in their personal journeys, worked out in addressing cultural issues of their day (Hitler and slavery),” said Staub.
Singer-songwriter and author Michael Card will deliver morning devotions, with music from Windham Hill artist Jeff Johnson and local artists Grant and Ronna Myles-Era. British actor and arts advocate Nigel Goodwin will again host the Bag End Cafe. In keeping with this year's theme, KindlingsFest will also feature the nationally acclaimed Storling Dance Theatre from Kansas City and Karin Stevens Dance Company from Seattle.
New this year, at 1o:30 p.m. each night, The Kindlings will offer Sundance on Orcas, featuring films addressing “ideas that matter” selected from the Sundance Film Festival.
An art walk in Eastsound and book signing at Darvill’s will round out Thursday afternoon activities, and following tradition the event will conclude with a live community-wide performance on Saturday evening, followed by root beer floats.
Most events are held at Orcas Island Community Church at 176 Madrona Street in Eastsound, but specific venues will be listed in the program registrants receive upon arrival.
Space is limited. For information and registration, visit The Kindlings' Web site, or stop by the office at Orcas Island Community Church Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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