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'Wassail Austin' Offers a Truly Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration


Every year around this time, musicians, dancers, poets, actors, and more join together to stage Wassail Austin, a truly old-fashioned, family friendly celebration of Christmas and the Winter Solstice. Darrel Mayers is the founder of Wassail Austin, and he created the show to be the sort of thing he wished he'd had when growing up in England -- an all-ages holiday show that combined whimsy with spirituality.

The yearly wassail features medieval music, puppetry, poetry, and more types of entertainment, including a mummer's play, an artform that dates back to pre-Christian times, when the Winter Solstice was celebrated.

All performers and crew members of Wassail Austin donate their time, and all proceeds from the show will be donated to Kids for Kids (UK), a British charity that benefits needy children in Darfur, Sudan.

Wassail Austin Sunday, December 15 at 5:30 pm At Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street

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