Summer and Winter Solstice



Celebrate the Earth’s natural rhythms! 


Summer Solstice and Cardboard Boat Race Challenge

In partnership with the Trustees of Reservations/The Old Manse, Minuteman National Historic Park, OARS, and SuAsCo Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council, we celebrate the longest day of the year as the capstone event to Riverfest weekend -- see you Sunday, June 21, 2020! 

The celebraton includes:

Cardboard Boat Race Challenge, 3-6:00pm: Participants are challenged to design, construct and race a boat made of cardboard across a body of water (about 25 yards). The boat needs to not only float, but also carry the weight of 2 people. Prizes awarded to: Fastest Boat in each division; Best Sinking; Best River Habitat Design. Our registration form will open closer to the date of the Summer Solstice. Watch some videos of last year's action!

Picnic Concert, 6-9pm: Set up your blanket and picnic in the Old Manse orchard and enjoy music by a local band/singing group. S'mores available at the Solstice Fire pit!

Singing on The Old North Bridge, 8-9pm:  Join Voices for the Earth in song on the Old North Bridge -- or paddle your canoe/kayak in the Concord River below. Either way, a memorable way to start the Summer. 

Winter Solstice

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.