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'Night Fires' to be rekindled

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Posted on December 9, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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ABIGAIL NESSEN BENGSEN is among 10 performers who will be rekindling the "Night Fires" winter solstice celebration at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, beginning Dec. 15. The once-traveling show had been on hiatus since 2007.

MIDDLEBURY — Abigail Nessen Bengsen, 27, recalled with glee her long involvement with “Night Fires,” a winter solstice celebration in which since 1982 local performers had pierced the year’s darkest night with a creative cornucopia of music, dance, poems and stories from throughout the world.

“My family was involved before I was born,” Bengsen said. “I grew up in it.”

But Night Fires went dark in 2007 when its creator, Lincoln’s Marianne Lust, needed a break from the arduous tasks of staging what was then a traveling performance.

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