Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase separately to benefit a local non-profit, TBA. Stay tuned for more details on how we are partnering to make our community stronger + better.
Community Partners and Farmers:
- Green Gardens Farm
- Water Street Coffee Joint
- Cinzori Farms
- Bird Song Farms
- Carlson Farms
- Evergreen Lane Artisan Cheese
- Mattawan Artisan Creamery
What is the Summer Solstice?
The Summer Solstice is an astrological phenomenon marking the longest day of the year with the shortest night. It represents a tipping point where from here on out, days get shorter and nights get longer. It ushers in the warm season and reminds us it is fleeting, slipping away day by day. At Summer Solstice, we celebrate the fullness of life and the promise of abundance, birth, and creativity. Often, this time of year, we feel as if there is too much of everything, including good things. There is so much to do and be! It’s not easy to handle this overload with grace, and we can experience confusion, frustration, and fatigue. This is a time of assessments – am I creating consciously? Am I nurturing something that no longer serves me? Is my own desire guiding me?
It’s not always easy to create from desire, but if we manifest from intention rather than obligation, we access huge amounts of momentum, passion, and hope.
Rituals for the day of longest light date back to ancient times, and Stonehenge is one of the most famous sites. Dating back to between 3000-1500 BCE, its main axis is aligned to the solstice sunrise. Many cultures and ethnicities have celebrated, from ancient Roman celebrations of Vesta to feast days in many cultures.
Honoring the solstice can remind us just how precious each day and season is, because the truth of its passing away is also acknowledged. Gifts need to be appreciated, not taken for granted. Some will use their religious ritual to raise energy for healing, for re-aligning and redressing environmental wrongs, or for strengthening the sense of being part of nature, not set apart and individual, but interconnected in a larger whole, including the past, present and future. Such is the power of participating in the turning of the wheel of the year.