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Saturday, June 21, 2014

June 21 - The Summer Solstice

The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a Earth's axis in the northern or the southern hemisphere is most inclined toward the Sun that it orbits. The summer solstice occurs during a hemisphere's summer. This is northern solstice in the northern hemisphere and the southern solstice in the southern hemisphere.  Another word for the summer solstice is "midsummer". The summer solstice day has the longest period of daylight – except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous, from a few days to six months around the summer solstice.

Most cultures recognize the Summer Solstice as a symbol of fertility.  Gather 'round the Maypole everyone!  Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).

America's Stonehenge is an archaeological site consisting of a number of large rocks and stone structures scattered around roughly 30 acres within Salem, New Hampshire in the northeast United States. America's Stonehenge is open to the public for a fee. A number of hypotheses exist as to the origin and purpose of the structures.

One viewpoint is a mixture of land-use practices of local farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries and construction of structures by owner William Goodwin in the 1930s. Other claims that the site has pre-Columbian origins are usually regarded as controversial, possibly pseudoarchaeological or the result of an early-20th century hoax.

Events at America's Stonehenge for this summer and links to more information are listed below.

June 21st: Summer Solstice (Midsummer)

Open Sunrise (5:07 am) to Sunset (8:25 pm).
Special celebration at 2:00 pm hosted by Katja Esser.  

Click here for more information.

August 1st: Cross-Quarter Day (Lughnasadh)
Open 9:00 am to Sunset.

September 22nd: Autumnal / Fall Equinox (Mabon)
Open Sunrise to Sunset.

November 1st: Cross-Quarter Day (Samhain)
Open 9:00 am to Sunset.

December 21st: Winter Solstice (Yule)
Open Sunrise to Sunset. 

 Physical address: 105 Haverhill Road
Salem, NH 03079
  Phone: (603) 893-8300


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