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Halcyon Arts brings
​the world of music and spirituality ​
to ​New England by presenting
programs ​that enrich and transform. ​

Photo by Robert Bowler taken from Dun I on the Isle of Iona.

Featured  Programs

  • Deep Dive
    Deep Dive
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    Thu, Mar 07
    Thursdays, March 7, 14, & 21 on Zoom
    Mar 07, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Thursdays, March 7, 14, & 21 on Zoom
    Understanding & Appreciating Hindustani Classical Music
  • Crossroads of Sound
    Crossroads of Sound
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    Sun, Apr 07
    All Saints' Episcopal Church
    Apr 07, 2024, 4:00 PM EDT
    All Saints' Episcopal Church , 7 Woodbridge St, South Hadley, MA 01075, USA
    A Musical Journey from Armenia to Anatolia, featuring Samuel Sjostedt
  • Earth-Centered Spirituality
    Earth-Centered Spirituality
    Friends Discount
    Tue, Apr 09
    Seven bi-monthly sessions online via Zoom.
    Apr 09, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Seven bi-monthly sessions online via Zoom.
    Exploring Paganism.
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Our logo depicts the kingfisher

Watercolor
by Sarah Stribbling

The word "halcyon" is from a Greek myth about the Kingfisher.

According to Greek mythology, Alcyone, the daughter of the god of the winds, became so distraught when she learned that her husband had been killed in a shipwreck that she threw herself into the sea and was changed into a kingfisher. As a result, ancient Greeks called such birds alcyōn or halcyōn. The legend also says that such birds built floating nests on the sea, where they so charmed the wind god that he created a period of unusual calm that lasted until the birds' eggs hatched. This legend prompted people to use halcyon both as a noun naming a genus of kingfisher and as an adjective meaning either "of or relating to the kingfisher or its nesting period" or "calm."      --from Miriam Webster

Thus, the phrase "halcyon days" owes its origin to this beautiful myth of Alcyone, when, for two weeks around the winter solstice each year, Aeolus, Alcyone's father, calms the winds and the waves so that Alcyone, in the form of a kingfisher, can safely make her nest, lay her eggs, and care for them until they hatched and fledged. Hence, the term "halcyon days" comes to signify a period of great peace and calm. 

Background Image: photo by llee_wu

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