Winter solstice show benefits BeGenerous

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM.

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Maria Schabla has realized sometimes all you have to do is speak and others will listen.

Maria and other members of the Say the Word poetry group are presenting “The Longest Night” Winter Solstice Celebration on Dec. 21 at The Hidden Lantern in Rosemary Beach.

“It’s the first time we'’ve ever done a poetry show featuring collaborative work by poets, artists and musicians,” said Maria, 33, who founded the group in the spring. “It’s going to be wild.”

Poets will be reading their work on stage, with art projected on a 9-by-5 screen and the curved white walls of Hidden Lantern and music playing in the background. Local artist Shank also will play during a musical intermission.

“It’s going to be really fun,” Maria said. “Ten poets will each be collaborating with a visual artist and musician.”

During the show, two artists will paint for a live auction to benefit BeGenerous, a local nonprofit serving women and children.

“They’re just a super awesome nonprofit that assists families in crisis,” Maria said. “It could be a house fire or a single mom who’s pregnant and needs something for the baby. … It’s connecting people who want to help the community with people who need the help.”

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