The East Fourth Street Community Garden presented scenes from Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream on June 20 and June 25 as part of its Summer Solstice celebration. The modified script preserved the spirit of the original language while making the story accessible to a wider audience. Audiences delighted in the antics of Oberon, Titania, and their mischievous fairy friends, set against the beautiful natural backdrop of the community garden.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the Bard’s most beloved tales. In this abridged version, fairy queen Titania (Danielle Trupiano-Rodriguez) has had a falling out with fairy king Oberon (Ilana Abramovitch). Oberon wants a human boy Titania changed into a fairy, but Titania would rather keep him for her fairy court. In revenge, Oberon plans a cruel joke on Titania: He enlists his impish henchman Puck (Molly Sullivan) to find a magical flower that will make Titania fall in love with the first vile creature she sees. At the same time, a band of humble players wanders into the woods to rehearse a play. Puck casts a spell to turn one of them, Nick Bottom (Erik Schneebeck), an overconfident actor, into a donkey. Titania wakes and instantly falls in love with Bottom. Oberon and Puck watch with laughter as the hilarious events unfold.
The production’s cast was made up entirely of garden members and included a few children as the littlest fairies. The performance featured music by Joel Shatzky and vocal performances by Ilana Abramovitch and Lisa Guernsey.
The Monday event included a summer-themed children’s craft at 6:30 and a cookie potluck table.
Scenes From A Midsummer Night’s Dream was sponsored by Silver Fern B&B, your home away from home in Brooklyn (firstname.lastname@example.org; Jane Wong, proprietor).
Alter Aeon Summer 2016 Update - MY LOGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK - In this edition, we review the recently concluded Summer Solstice Celebration, summarize current coding and building projects, and discuss the jaded past of the acid damage type.
Summer Solstice June 2016
Every Summer Solstice celebrations take place an Avebury to mark the longest day. All sorts of people get drawn to it but the main sorts are pagans/druids, hippies, and druggies - some falling into into more than one or all categories. Alot of people celebrate at Stonehenge, but thousands gather there and controls are tight and this year they even had an alcohol ban. Avebury, from what I hear, is the cheap mans option but it’s down to earth and free-er. I met this girl when I was helping a couple of friends look for acid- solstice is the sort of place where police patrol but you can ask anyone around for acid and they’ll either sell you acid, or ask you to point them in the right direction if you do find acid…
This years Solstice Alter. Burned offerings of oil and herb, charged all my crystals before hand and meditated on what I want for this year. I feel so light right now, recharged and ready for anything this year throws at me.
Summer Solstice lunch: home-squeezed orange juice; freshly made vegetarian wraps with fiery-coloured vegetables, cheese and paprika; homemade orange zest-and-honey butter for eating later on in the week. Plus two lit candle at the dinner table: a yellow candle for solar energies and a red candle for health and imagination.
This meal was so much fun to make, especially since I rarely do any actual food preparation or eat fresh food (I’m a junk food kinda gal).
Hello hello again! Summer solstice is coming up! You may have seen some ways to celebrate it already, but here are some ideas for those who can’t afford very much.
Sunflowers: I usually can get sunflowers from around my neighborhood. I just look for the ones that are sort of jutting out of people’s yards. They’re usually hard to get with your hands, so I suggest getting some scissors.
Doing stuff under the moon: I’m planning on going on a midnight type of swim on the summer solstice. Once it gets dark I can get all charged with energy and bathe in the moon’s light. While I’m swimming I can put some of my tools out there too.
Altar: you don’t NEED to put any specific flower on your altar really. You can really go ahead and pick some wildflowers. If you are closeted, no one will think twice about you putting a small flower arrangement in your room. Or about you setting maybe a stick outside to charge in the moonlight, the stick secretly being your wand.
Fire rituals: okay this is going to sound weird but if you are closeted or don’t have candles, maybe you could draw the fire? Draw maybe a scene of the layout of the ritual or spell and hand it up somewhere, or if you’re closeted sit in front of it and imagine the fire burning in each candle, and feel the energy coming from it. And when you’re done just stick that baby in some binder, no harm done.
Well that’s all I’ve got for this. Happy summer solstice (which is tomorrow, the 20th) to you all!
The large jar is fire salts (jalapeño flakes, red chili flakes, ghost pepper powder, garlic powder, and salt), there are five small drams of essential oils ( 2 lemon, 1 peppermint, 1 basil, and 1 oregano though that one is smaller than the others) all of the candles shown there (2 black, 2 green, 1 red, 1 pink, 1 blue, 1 light purple, 1 dark purple, 1 yellow, 1 silver, and 1 gold), bay leaves, juniper berries, and lavender. There will more than what is shown of the three herbs.
An 8" cedar wand with dark green cotton wrapping and Jasper stone, and a Four seasons tree (approx. 3.5 x 5" brass and aluminum wire; Magnesite, fancy Jasper, and tiger’s eye in the branches with a howlite moon) from evermorestoned
A set of handmade cotton spell bats (one for sleep, one for luck, one for money, one for protection, one for joy) from polar-solstice
On Saturday June 14, Storm King hosted a festive evening event set in its idyllic landscape. During the reception, guests enjoyed private tours of the exhibitions and a gourmet, farm-sourced dinner at the di Suvero Fields.
Latvia midsummer: Songs, flowers and running around naked
By Damien McGuinness, BBC News, Riga, 30 June 2012 Latvia’s most important national holiday is arguably not Christmas but the summer solstice celebrations of Ligo (pronounced “leegwa”)–a pagan tradition when Latvians celebrate the shortest night by staying up to greet the rising sun.
As the sun slowly sets about an hour and a half before midnight, it peeks out briefly from behind the clouds.
We all run out excitedly. Five minutes later, it is gone. For a festival which is all about celebrating the sun, the sun itself is being remarkably coy.
The weather has been poor all day but this is a beautiful, if fleeting, moment.
In this far northern land, winters are long, dark and snowy, with the temperature regularly falling below -30C, so you can understand why the arrival of the long summer days is greeted by something approaching national hysteria.
It is not a complicated festival. All you have to do is head out to the countryside, get a fire going, stay up all night waiting for the sun to come up and drink lots and lots of beer–which, I can only assume, is why it is called Ligo, the Latvian word for “sway”.
Women pick flowers to make into crowns for their heads, while men are supposed to strip naked and jump into a nearby lake or river.
Everyone sings medieval Latvian songs around the fire and couples are encouraged to disappear into the forest to look for a mythical flowering fern.
As a result of this particular tradition, it is widely thought that Latvia enjoys a mini baby-boom every year, about nine months after Ligo–no doubt all the drinking also has something to do with it.
The songs, the flowers, the running around naked are all signs of the pagan roots which Latvians are proud of.
The midsummer celebrations are also a symbol of a romanticised and–in some ways quite fictional–rural past, and they are a reminder of a time before Stalin destroyed the Latvian countryside by sending small landowners to the gulags.
Midsummer was the point when farmers had finished ploughing and sowing the crops, and had not yet started the harvest. A good time to have a party.
But the traditions are also constantly in flux. My Latvian friends could not quite agree whether the Ligo tradition of jumping over the bonfire guaranteed you wealth, luck or love. To be on the safe side, we all did it anyway.
And there seemed to be a bit of controversy over whether the flowers in the girls’ hair meant they were virgins or just looking for love. As all the women had flowers on their heads, including a pregnant friend of mine, I can only assume that the general understanding was the latter.
And even the date is a little bit confused. The actual summer solstice is a few days before Ligo. It is thought it was moved after Christianity arrived in the Baltics in the 12th Century, to coincide with St John the Baptist’s feast day.
The missionaries obviously hoped that the Balts would soon forget their pagan, nature-worshipping ways–instead they kept doing the same thing, just a few days later.
At this particular Ligo celebration, there was a large group of French visitors so, as the Latvian sun came up, it was greeted by a long, wobbly line of people who had certainly done their bit with the Latvian beer but had dropped the traditional Latvian songs, in favour of a rather chaotic French cancan.