Inaugural Solis festival Sunday

Maharishi University of Management invites the public to celebrate a new festival that it hopes will become an annual tradition.

The free festival is known as Solis, and will be held outside, east of the Argiro Student Center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. In case of rain, the event will move inside Argiro.

?This will be a great opportunity to be a part of something that helps build a stronger bond of community, sparks awareness and inspires others,? said a news release from the university. ?Come celebrate the sun, warmer weather and the transition from spring into summer.?

The event will include food, vendors, entertainment and family fun.

The schedule of bands is:

10-11 a.m. 3=one

11 a.m. - noon. Skunk River Medicine Show

Noon - 1 p.m. Never Knows Best

1-2 p.m. Classical Jazz Quartet

2-3 p.m. Foliba Drum Group

3-3:30 p.m. Open mic

4:-4:30 p.m. DJ Sea

More than 40 vendors have agreed to set up booths that day, providing products and services such as food, woodworking, art, henna, massage, jewelry, cosmetics, pulse readings, clothing, Ayurveda herbal supplements, tarot readings and more.

The event is also the official inauguration of the amphitheater east of Argiro. An outdoor stage overlooks rows of tiered seating, surrounded by freshly planted grass.

M.U.M. Student Government conceived, fundraised for and organized the event. The core group consisted of Luna Pinder, Cris Evergreen, Haley Spitzfaden, Karen Ballinger, Sara Narantsetseg, Savannah Boothe, Shareen Joseph, Virginia West, Red Pearson, Ivy Ganger, Clairyssa Browning, Amber Buhalts, Chris Grace and Chevonne Height. Pinder said the group was inspired to bridge the gap between the university and the rest of town.

Student government is still looking for volunteers. Pinder said they need parking ushers, station attendants and help setting up and tearing down. Stations include an information booth, cotton candy spinner, snowball maker, and activity area ?lifeguard.?

Those interested in volunteering can email Pinder at or show up at 9 a.m. in front of the Argiro building.

Pinder said she was the person who hatched the name for the festival.

?I felt the festival needed to be centered around something positive we could all relate to,? she said. ?Solis, meaning sun in Latin, was perfect! The sun not only is essential for all life on earth but also brings the warmer weather. What better way to bring the community together than enjoying a day of fun under the sun.?

Student government hopes it can raise enough money to do this again next year. Pinder said Toby Lieb stepped forward with a generous donation this year.

?She has been amazingly supportive from the very moment we pitched the idea to her,? Pinder said.