Summer and Winter Solstice
Celebrate the Earth’s natural rhythms!
"We are crossing the waters, our whole lives through,
We are making a passage that is straight and true,
Every heart is a vessel, every dream is a light,
Shining through the darkness of the blackest night."
We are Crossing the Waters - Bill Staines
Join us for a personalized celebration of the Summer Solstice. This year, the Summer Solstice falls on Sunday, June 21. For the longest day of the year, we encourage families and friends to make the most of it by spending as much time outside as possible! Soak up the sun and play yard games. Host a cookout or find a quiet spot for a picnic. Gather around a bonfire or share a flashlight fire with family all over the country. Musketaquid's chorus, Voices for the Earth, offers their book of songs for everyone to sing from on the Solstice. However you decide to celebrate, take the time to appreciate the sun and all its life-giving energy!
Summer Solstice Book of Songs
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Dive deep into the ocean. Find an oasis in the desert. Follow a stream on its journey to the ocean. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires a love of nature through film! This line-up, from the nation's largest environmental film festival, is designed for families and children (K-4) but there is something for everyone! Watch and share this selection of 2020 award-winning shorts from the comfort of your home. Grab some popcorn and sitback and enjoy!
The films will stream on demand for 5 days, Wednesday, June 17 - Sunday, June 21. These films are free for your viewing but you must register here to get your link for viewing. For more information on what films are included in the festival's line up, visit OARS' website.
Besides having loads of outdoor fun, the River Stewardship Council is hosting a virtual Riverfest! The week of June 17-21, check out virtual river activities like:
- Live Nature Photography Workshop
- Wild & Scenic Film Festival
- Self-guided river activities for kids
- RiverQuest exploration
- Interactive online museum tours
- Virtual river paddles
- And so much more!
Riverfest creates the chance to learn about the Wild and Scenic Rivers of the Concord watershed. Find out more about the amazing power of our rivers and about Riverfest on the River Stewardship Council's website.
Saturday, December 21st at 6:00pm on the back lawn of the Old Manse, 269 Monument Street. Parking is limited!
Gather around a colorful solstice bonfire with your family and friends to celebrate the longest night of the year! Join Voices for the Earth in drumming and a candlelight sing-along, sip hot apple cider to stay warm, and roast a marshmallow for a delicious s'more! Cider and s'more fixings will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. We start at 6:00pm and wrap up our activities at 7:30pm. Find more information here.
Parking is limited so please carpool if possible.
Parking is available at the Old Manse lot, the Old North Bridge lot, and at the Old North Bridge Visitor's Center.
In the event of rain, the celebration will move to the Umbrella Art Center at 40 Stow Street, Concord.