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Fifth Annual Spring Equinox Festival slated for March 20

Penn State Berks will celebrate the beginning of spring with its fifth annual Spring Equinox Festival on Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Labyrinth Garden, located on the Janssen Conference Center Complex just before the intersection of Broadcasting and Tulpehocken Roads. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

This is the first Spring Equinox Festival to be held on a weekend, and it will feature additional entertainment and activities, including live music by the Exeter Community Band (weather permitting). In addition, theatre students will perform the opening scene from Naga Mandala, a campus theatre production, which begins on March 18.

A half-hour equinox program will be held beginning at 1:32 p.m. (the actual time of the Vernal Equinox) and will include a short astronomy lesson, a discussion of spring traditions, folklore, and poetry readings. Some of the other highlights of the day will include a drumming circle from Earth Rhythms, a yoga and meditation circle, inspirational oracle readings, a moving documentary on lives transformed by walking a labyrinth, bulb plantings, face painting, and craft projects.

To add to the festivities, attendees are encouraged to wear spring-themed attire or accessories, and a costume contest will be held.

This event is co-sponsored by the Penn State Berks Labyrinth Circle and the following student groups: the Sisterhood of Professional Ladies, the Yoga and Meditation Society, and the Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Club. The event is supported in part by the Beaver Endowment for Community Service.

For more information, contact Connie Dunston, Labyrinth Coordinator, at 610-396-6011.
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