Summer Solstice Celebration & Community Picnic

Summer Solstice Celebration & Community Picnic

Jun 21, 2023
6pm — 8pm

Join us on the longest day to celebrate the summer solstice by breaking bread and participating in ancient traditions honoring our connection with the land and each other. People of all ages are invited to join us at 7 PM on the lawn at ArtYard’s Creekside Residency lawn, 50 Trenton Ave., to weave flower wreaths, sing traditional songs, and take part in a ritual walk.

Solstice sunset traditions will be led by Maria Schumann, a folklorist, farmer, singer, and ritual practitioner who leads singing groups and practices bringing to life the ancient calendrical agricultural rituals of our ancestors through community, song, and dance.

The community is invited to bring a blanket and chairs for an outdoor community picnic/potluck.

Schumann last joined ArtYard at the Bread & Puppet performance of Ophelia last summer. We’re excited to welcome her back and join her and the community in song and ritual to celebrate the solstice.

The Solstice Celebration is rain or shine (rain cancels the potluck only) and will be outdoors so dress accordingly. Please walk or park at the ArtYard Workshop, 62A Trenton Ave., or ArtYard Center, 13 Front St., lots. Creekside is a short walk along the towpath.

The event is free with a suggested donation of $10 per person.