Closing Celebration


Sunday, October 3 @2p
Sand Island
OUTDOOR EVENT

TICKETS: Free! Donations welcome.
*Reservations encouraged to help us plan; walk-ups welcome too!

DONATE RESERVE

A kaleidoscope of color, sound, taste, procession and connection, featuring: the unveiling of community-created, artist-inspired commissioned artwork by Anne Labovitz and her I Love You Institute; conversations with local farmers, organizers, and others about what is sustainable for us as a community, both in body and soul; a joyful noise celebration by community singers; and a closing processional to the river where we will cast our cares, as well as our hopes and dreams, out on the water to seed joy in the future.

[Image description: A group of four people lighting candles together outside at dusk. In the background, others carry lit candles as they walk together. Photo credit: Ed Leskin, Festival UnBound 2019]


WHAT TO EXPECT

A culmination of everything Festival UnBound, in three parts:

  • 2-3pm Sustainable Food Fair: time to circulate and learn from local farmers including Jett’s Produce, Wonder Garden, Resilient Farms, and the Monocacy Farm Project; make community art; listen to musician Dave Fry; purchase a bite to eat from Marquee Kitchens; gab with your neighbors and the folks from Touchstone.
  • 3-4pm Community Celebration: join in a joyful celebration with performances of music, poetry, and the spoken word; witness the completion and unveiling of our collaborative community art piece by Anne Labovitz of the I Love You Institute.
  • 4-4:30pm Closing Ceremony:  process with us down to the river where you are invited to join in casting aside your cares and seeding joy into the future (5-minute leisurely paced walk).

Wear comfortable shoes and be ready for a brief walk, as we’ll be standing, sitting, and moving around. This event is family and dog friendly! We’ll have folding chairs available for the choral performances, but you’re welcome to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets too.

FOOD: Arrive hungry! Food provided by Marquee Kitchen will be available for purchase.

VENUE: Sand Island, beginning at the River St. Circle (walk past the tennis courts prior to the start of the Sand Island Trail; you’ll see us there!).

RUN TIME: 2.5 hours

PARKING: Parking is available at the Charles A. Brown Ice House (56 River St., Bethlehem, PA 18018) and between the basketball and tennis courts, with accessible parking reserved along the Sand Island Tennis Courts. Click here for a map, which may help orient folks to the Ice House and Tennis Courts. It’s a 5 to 7-minute leisurely paced walk from the Ice House to the River St. Circle.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Accessible parking is available along the Sand Island Tennis Courts. The event will include a walking processional, with reinforced pathways available. If you have questions regarding this event’s accessibility, please call (610) 867-1689 or email touchstone@touchstone.org.

**COVID-19 SAFETY**: This event is outside and participants/audience will be able to physically distance. We require unvaccinated guests to wear a mask (CDC mask guidance here). We welcome vaccinated guests to mask up, as they wish, and encourage masking when in close proximity to guests outside your group. We’ll have extras masks and plenty of hand sanitizer on hand, in case you need them.

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well. Unsure if you should stay home? Take this questionnaire to help make an informed decision.

 

What happens if it rains?!

VENUE: In the case of rain, this event will take place at the Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.

PARKING: Free parking is available immediately adjacent to the Ice House, with additional metered parking in the Lehigh Street Lot across from the Wooden Match (61 W. Lehigh Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018).

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Accessible seating is available; please contact Touchstone Theatre via phone at (610) 867-1689 or via email at touchstone@touchstone.org to reserve accessible seating in advance. Accessible restrooms are also available. Parking is available in designated handicap spots next to the venue.

**COVID-19 SAFETY** The Ice House is on city property; per City of Bethlehem guidelines, masks must be worn – regardless of vaccination status – by anyone visiting a government building. All performers, ushers, box office staff, etc. will be masked. As an audience member, please bring your own mask to wear; if you need one, we’ll have plenty of extras on hand.

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well. Unsure if you should stay home? Take this questionnaire to help make an informed decision.