Monday, June 21, 2010

Celebrate Summer Solstice in the Q.C.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Back when we humans had to pay attention to things like the seasons to ensure our survival, Summer Solstice was a huge deal. It was a time to celebrate the coming harvest, to slaughter some livestock and celebrate life. It was also recognition that nothing stays the same for long along the circle of life, that fall would soon return and, behind it, the hardness of winter.

With that, you should know the longest day of the year, a.k.a. Summer Solstice, has arrived ... and you can celebrate tonight at The Bag Lady:

The Bag Lady cordially invites you to a celebration of the Summer Solstice to honor Women's Voices in poetry, song, laughter and tears. Local poets are encouraged to come and share their poetry, or you can come and read one of your favorites. If you would like to sign up to read or sing, please contact Erin at erin.rose.coffin@gmail.com to be added to the roster.

Raffle to benefit Charlotte's Shelter for Battered Women

For 16 years, The Bag Lady has provided continuous support to the Charlotte Shelter for Battered Women. In celebration of our Sweet Sixteenth year, we would like to provide an opportunity for you to show your support and get something in return We will be raffling off two gift baskets - one you must be present at the Women's Voices Poetry Night to win, the other you do not have to be present to win. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Women's Shelter. Winners will be announced at the Women's Voices Poetry Night on the Solstice. Raffle tickets are only $2 each.

Further reading: New Agers, neo-pagans see Stonehenge solsticeLA Times

Check out who was at Whisky River's Summer Solstice party last week over at Q.C. After Dark.

Can't make it to The Bag Lady tonight? Slow Food Charlotte is hosting a clean-out-your-fridge Solstice potluck next week. Click here for the deets.

Here's a snippet from the scene at Stonehedge this morning. It's difficult for us to imagine, what with our steamy code orange days, but it's chilly enough there that a lot of people have on hats and scarves, and you can see their breath. Makes you wonder what their winter is like. No wonder early humans were psyched for an extra-long "summer" day.

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