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The Alden’s “Celebrating Indian Festivals” Series
As part of The Alden’s Summer Concert series in 2022, we will be presenting Garba360, a South Asian social dance experience with live music. An essential component of the nine-day, fall Hindu festival Navratri, Garba is an intoxicating, high-energy folk dance style from the Indian state of Gujarat. This community event has been reimagined for all to participate in the fun any time of the year!


Leading up to this event, The Alden will provide virtual workshops to give context to this celebration and the culture that surrounds it. Because each Indian state has its own cultural traditions, it is impossible to take a “deep dive” into the culture of the whole country in just a few workshops, so we will be exploring some of the ways people from Gujarat mark the transition
of seasons.

These workshops are designed for families from all backgrounds to participate in together. We will all learn something, but because these workshops are celebratory events, they can be enjoyed by those who already have family traditions marking these events or those who have never participated in one of these events before. All workshop leaders are of Gujarati heritage and will share their culture with us from their own perspective.

buy tix offCelebrate Garba (Sharad Navratri) Workshop (Virtual)
Friday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.
$7/$5 MCC district residents (fee is per device)

When people in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat want to celebrate, the ecstatic dance, traditionally known as Garba, often provides the fuel. An essential component of wedding celebrations and of the nine-day, fall Hindu festival Navratri, Garba refers to both a style of Indian folk dance as well as the event at which the dance is performed. The dance is an intoxicating, high-energy dance style marked by handclaps and twirls.

In advance of Navratri, join us to learn more about the dance and practice the steps. Feel free to wear a long, flared skirt, kurta top or other Indian clothing.

 

Mark your calendar now for other upcoming events in this series:

Celebrate Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti (Kite Festival) Workshop (Virtual)
Thursday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m.
$7/$5 MCC district residents (fee is per device)


Celebrate Chaitra Navratri (Spring Navratri) Workshop (Virtual)
Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m.
$7/$5 MCC district residents (fee is per device)


Garba 360: Live Dance Instruction and Band! (In-Person)
Sunday, June 26, 5 p.m.
Free admission
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.

 

If you would like to purchase tickets at the box office please email Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov to set up an appointment.

 

Presented by Equality Virginia

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.

McLean Community Center. Masks required for all participants

Free admission; registration is required. Register here. 

For ages 12+. Join Ann Murdoch, a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau, for an evening of connection and learning as she shares her story as a transgender woman, followed by plenty of time for dialogue and questions. 

Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.

The Alden. Masks required for all participants

Free admission. Registration is required. Register here. 


For ages 14+. The MCC proudly welcomes local faith leaders to discuss of how the different faith communities walk as an ally with their LGBTQ+ neighbors and what resources and communities are open to those who identify as LGBTQ+. Fairfax County Interfaith Coordinators, Ramona Carroll will moderate this discussion and Fairfax County leaders will provide opening remarks. Attendees may submit questions ahead of time on the registration form.

 

Speakers include:

Rev. Dr. Rebekah Savage, Unitarian Universalist,
Rev. Dr. Savage began her ministry at UUCR in October 2015, grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where her family attended the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, studying non-Western theology as a Religious Studies major and minoring in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Rev. Savage attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City and, in her second year there, felt called to the ministry. She graduated with a master’s in divinity and Pastoral Theology. She completed Clinical Pastoral Education at a large hospital in Miami, Florida, and her internship at the Boca Raton Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida.

After the events of September 11, 2001, Rev. Savage felt drawn to military chaplaincy. She was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister in June 2003 and commissioned as an army chaplain in September 2003. Since becoming an army chaplain, Rev. Savage has spent the majority of her career on active duty and completed one overseas tour in Afghanistan. In 2007, she completed a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2014. Rev. Rebekah completed her doctorate of ministry in Military Chaplaincy at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in May 2020.

Outside of her ministry at UUCR, Rev. Rebekah serves as the co-chair of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee and is active in many collegial support and study groups. You can also find Rev. Rebekah on bike trails, on a yoga mat or at the gym.