School may be out & the temperatures may be rising…
but summer doesn’t officially start until Friday. The 2013 Summer Solstice will occur at 1:04 Friday morning when our sun will reach the northernmost point in its journey away from the equator. We could talk about all the scientific facts that surround this yearly phenomenon but I think its more important to plan your Solstice Celebration.
Here are some suggestions for making your Solstice perfect:
1. Get up!!! Set the alarm & get out there & watch the sun rise. In case you’re wondering, the sun will rise at 5:55 Friday.
2. Do something outside. As long as you’re up & about, you may as well be active. That could mean an early morning walk (I can personally recommend Grass River Natural Area, Glacial Hills Trails, or the Skegemogg/Barker Creek rail trail), or it may mean a kayak paddle on your favorite lake.
3. Eat a yummy breakfast. What do you love? Eggs Benedict? Pancakes with crisp bacon? Yogurt & fresh strawberries? Make it yourself or jump in the car & hit your favorite spot.
4. Spend some time Summer Reading…after all, it’s officially summer, so grab a good book, pick out a comfortable spot & settle in for a bit of a read.
5. Since you were up so early & you’re now in a comfortable position with your book, this would be the perfect time for a short nap.
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you see fit, but the perfect Summer Solstice has to end with a sunset & a bonfire. For thousands of years civilizations & cultures all over the world have used the glow of a sunset & the heat of a fire to celebrate the arrival of summer. Sunset Friday will be at 9:25 which means you can light the fire at 9:30 & enjoy the night sky. The moon will be nearly full (Sunday is the full moon). The full moon in June is known as the Strawberry Moon because the Algonquins used it to predict when the strawberries would be ripe. I don’t think the Algonquins or the ancients had s’mores but I’m pretty sure they should be part of your plan.
Last thing… you need to make sure you’re with only your closest friends at the bonfire because the very last element of the Solstice Celebration involves dancing with wild abandonment around the fire!
Whatever you choose to do with your Summer Solstice Celebration, I hope it brings you great joy & a whole raft of summer fun!
Me…I’m off to find my dancing shoes!!!!