Greeting Summer Solstice at Muir Beach

I last posted about Summer Solstice and the summer solstice cupcakes that we like to make to celebrate the longest day of the year and the beginning of the summer season. I also mentioned the celebration we attend at Muir Beach, hosted by the Muir Woods National Monument park rangers. Here are some photos of this year’s celebration (which was nice and warm! Some years, on our CA coast, it is blanketed with fog.)

If you want to see some other wonderful Midsummer celebrations in Canada and Scandinavia (including Sweden, where the day is a national holiday!), read this terrific piece by my friend Kari at Active Kids Club.

We walked around the bonfire to drumming, holding stalks of invasive (and unwanted) mustard plant, which we placed into the fire. As we welcomed the new season, we also symbolically let go of things that no longer served us.

Ranger Mia and others told us stories about how various animals, like the raven, and natural occurrences, like the tides, came to be, and led us in folk songs and summer cheers.

There was plenty of marshmallow roasting and playing on the small beach on the longest day of the year.

These folks did their own wonderful drumming, which pulsated along the beach.

It was a special start to a joyous season. Enjoy your summer!

Photos by Susan Sachs Lipman

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5 Responses to Greeting Summer Solstice at Muir Beach

  1. we used to have annual mother’s day picnics at Muir Beach when i was a girl. had forgotten about it. do remember that the water was cold. was fun to see the pictures.

  2. What a wonderful event! I’m thrilled to see so many people there welcoming in the new season.

  3. That’s RIGHT next to our campfire! We’ve been doing a solstice with the same group for (30 years!) ok, so I’ve only been doing it with them since 90′. How did we miss each other?!

  4. Hi Kath, Debi and Sue! It’s great to see you all here.

    Kath, How nice that I could remind you about your picnics at Muir Beach! It’s really a lovely little pocket beach. And, yes, the water is always cold. We have wetsuits.

    Debi, I agree! It’s wonderful to see so many people welcoming the solstice. The same rangers put on a winter event as well in the Muir Woods with shadow puppets, hot chocolate, wreath-making and singing. It’s lovely in a very different way! We’ve been going to these events since my daughter was tiny. Now she’s a teen and it’s been fun to see old friends and new families joining in.

    Sue, I can’t believe you were there and I didn’t see you. That’s just weird! I walked around and saw all kinds of people. We must have both been at this for years without running into each other. Maybe it’s an even bigger event than I think!

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