LILY DALE - The 2012 Lily Dale summer season will feature more than 100 workshops and special events running from June 2 through Sept. 19.
Once again, the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be the first special event of the 2012 camp season. The monks will open with a ceremony June 30 at 9 a.m. at the Lily Dale Fire Hall to consecrate the site for the creation of a colorful sand Mandela they will create by hand. Work on the Mandela will continue until the monks' closing ceremony July 2. During that ceremony, the Mandela will be dismantled, its sand gathered and then placed into a flowing body of water to disperse its healing energies.
The monks also plan a concert of multiphonic singing, wherein they simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. Moreover, the presentation includes traditional musical instruments, regalia and dance. This event will be held at 8 p.m. June 30 in the auditorium.
Other season highlights include: July 6-7, Peggy Rometo; July 7, The Haudenosaunee Dancers (Native American); July 13-14, Darren Weissmann; July 20, "Victorian Times - Spirit Circles;" July 21, Michelle Whitedove; July 25-27, Lisa Williams; July 28, Mary Occhino; July 28, Russell Brown; Aug. 3-4, Sandra Taylor and Colette Baron-Reid; Aug. 10-11, Joseph Tittel; Aug. 11, "Communication with Voices of Spirit;" Aug. 18, Raymond Buckland; Aug. 24-26, Sharon Klingler; Aug. 31-Sept. 2, John White.
The First Annual Pet Remembrance Celebration will be held July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the pet cemetery on the grounds. The pet cemetery was created in 1900. Those attending should bring a photo of the pet(s) they wish to honor, as well as a story or prayer to share during the ceremony and a pebble or flower to leave behind in the cemetery in memory.
Also featured this summer will be Spirit walks, sweat lodge ceremonies, Monday night circles, Thought Exchange sessions, development classes, walking tours, healing services, messages at Inspiration Stump, Sunday worship services, a daily video presentation at the Marion Skidmore Library, interested artifacts at the Lily Dale Museum, and much more.
Lily Dale also has overnight accommodations on the grounds, as well as eating establishments and gift shops.
To register for special events and workshops, to find out how to make reservations for lodging or just to get additional details about the 2012 summer program, either go to www.lilydaleassembly.com or call 595-8721.