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Summer Solstice celebration on June 21 at Old Manse

Posted by Laura Gomez  June 12, 2013 05:33 PM

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To celebrate the arrival of Summer, Musketaquid Arts and Environment and OARS are collaborating to host this year’s Summer Solstice celebration on Friday, June 21 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Concord’s Old Manse, 69 Monument St.

The Solstice celebration coincides with the first day of Riverfest, an annual celebration of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers hosted by the River Stewardship Council, according to a press release.

Musketaquid and OARS Solstice events begin at 6:30 p.m. with music and a picnic on the beautiful Old Manse grounds. Bring a blanket, food, and friends and enjoy music by Snow Crow and Voices for the Earth Chorus along the Concord River at historic Old North Bridge.

At 8 p.m., light a candle lantern and launch your canoe, rowboat, or kayak for a trip up the Concord River to the confluence of the Assabet and Sudbury Rivers at Egg Rock.

Boat rentals available from the South Bridge Boat House. Boats put-in at the Old Manse and take-out at Lowell Road bridge.

For those who want to participate without getting wet, the best viewing spot is from the Lowell Road bridge just outside Concord Center.

The Solstice Celebration includes a Drum and Dance Solstice Fire with the Earth Drum Council.

All events are free, donations to hosting organizations encouraged.

For canoe rental, call South Bridge Boat House 978-371-2465 and ask for Solstice group rate.

Complementing the Musketaquid evening events are an afternoon of Riverfest activities that begin at 4 p.m. at the Old Manse, including Gaining Ground “Garden Talks,” until 6 p.m.; “Wild Plants I have Eaten” with Ross Cohen, 4:30 - 6 p.m.; Robbins House Open House, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., and Old Manse Open House Tours, 6 & 7 p.m.

Riverfest continues June 22nd and 23rd.

Musketaquid will host a river sculpture-making activity Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Old Calf Pasture.

For more details on all three days of activities, visit www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org/riverFest.

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