|Smoke Fills the Circles. ACoA Summer Solstice Festival 2012.|
The weekend was spent with our Arctic Circle of Anchorage Community. It is our great fortune to have a place among them.
|Blessings at the Gate.|
This was the second annual Summer Solstice Festival, a weekend-long celebration filled with ritual, music, sharing of skills, talents, knowledge & of course, togetherness. The Land owners & many community members worked their tails off (& left their coinpurses with little else but lint) improving the site this Spring. Where there was naught, there is now a working well, two really lovely outhouses (as outhouses go), a graveled, off-street parking area & a pair of large, concentric stone circles around a contained fire pit on a sand & gravel bed for ritual space. This area was very difficult to capture in a photograph (especially without a wide-angle lens) & I wish I could find a way to get an aerial photo, but I did my best to represent it from the ground. Use your expansive imagination.
Being the parents of wee folk, we recognize the folly of trying to camp the weekend through, but also being half rural-folk, we have no fear of driving incredible distances at odd hours to get what we need. Thus, we made the three-hour round trip drive out of Anchorage & back to participate in the Friday & Saturday events, arriving home at 3am, both times. The wee folk are still not yet re-calibrated & sleep until ten, but there are no regrets.
This year, somehow, I found myself taking many photographs (something I am not used to at Pagan affairs), so there is an amply-sized collection of images documenting the evening events at the ACoA Summer Solstice Album. Other members have also contributed to the collection -- thus making it voluminous -- so please do visit & enjoy.
|Inside the Women's Outhouse: A Room with a View.|