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Turning the Sun 2016 (Summer Solstice)

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Before

Before

A gorgeous Virginia summer evening was just what the doctor ordered for the summer solstice party this year. Food, friends, fire, and all night music. Thanks to all who came.

This year featured lots of next gens (over 30) wandering the property. Needless to say, the keg ran dry around 3am. And they ate ALL of the cookies.

So orderly

So orderly

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Absinthe hour ran from 4:45-6:15. We were ushered to bed by the blue.

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(Special thanks to Micheal Hobert for some of the photos above.)

Star Wars New Year’s Eve

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We blame Disney or the Force or the pursuasive power of a massive advertising budget—but no matter the blame, it was Star Wars!

The bar all dressed up in Star Wars

The bar all dressed up in Star Wars

The cast of characters was large.

Jack as Captain Phasma

Jack as Captain Phasma

The Dark Side was well represented. Joe as the Emperor.

The Dark Side was well represented. Joe as the Emperor.

Ant (with stubble!) as Obi-wan

Ant (with stubble!) as Obi-wan

Amy as Twi'lek and Jen as Jabba's slave girl

Amy as Twi’lek and Jen as Jabba’s slave girl

Yours truly as old Luke

Yours truly as old Luke

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Anna as Rea with Charlie as Han Solo with new improved weaponry

Anna as Rea with Charlie as Han Solo with new improved weaponry

The blankens

The blankens

Eli as Han Solo

Eli as Han Solo

Peggy as a bar denizen, Jay as Obi-wan

Peggy as a bar denizen, Jay as Obi-wan

Allen as a Lucasfilm producer wielding cash

Allen as a Lucasfilm producer wielding cash

Best of all: Laura as Leia

Best of all: Laura as Leia

Buns provided by the Cookie Guy

Buns provided by the Cookie Guy

Party time, fueled by adulterated champagne.

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Star Wars food supply

Star Wars food supply

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Steal your face

Steal your face

Funk it up

Joe and Gina at the dance enhancement console

Joe and Gina at the dance enhancement console

Game over

Game over

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Winter Solstice Fire 2015

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Winter Solstice Fire 2015

Winter Solstice Fire 2015

It all started out with champagne, celebrating Team Tartan’s 2015 Leukemia Cup accomplishment with a crop of Timex watches. (About which this.)

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Burn barrel before the lighting

Burn barrel before the lighting

Then it got dark, the keg was tapped, the cheesy xmas music was put on infinite repeat in the barn, burn barrels were lit, and off we went! Early birds got to see the bonfire lighting. Middle birds got to see music and sparkling guitars. Late birds shut down the bar inside with Berryville Passages at 6am. Are we too old for this? No we are not.

Fire

Fire

Who let the banjo player in?

Who let the banjo player in?

Fire too

Fire too

Thanks to one and all for coming! We turned the sun around again!

Moon Hooch in da House

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Moon Hooch at the Bright Box

Moon Hooch at the Bright Box

Moon Hooch is a supremely talented band built around two saxophones and a drum kit. Phenomenal talent and energy. The band kicked off its new tour with a show in Winchester, Va at the Bright Box. The show was great.

Such tight polyrhythm. Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen both play a mean sax.

Moon Hooch sax overload

Moon Hooch sax overload

The drummer, James Muschler, is incredibly talented and a joy to dance to.

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Moon Hooch 12.19.14

James Muschler drummer for Moon Hooch

James Muschler drummer for Moon Hooch

Encore! We hope to see you again in Virginia.

After the show, it turned out that the band needed a place to crash. So we offered up Coal Stove Sink, some beer cheese, breakfast, some fiddle, and delicious cocktails (not necessarily in that order). The guys were delightful.

Beer cheese is good!

Beer cheese is good!

Quiet moment by the bar

Quiet moment by the bar

Breakfast was peaceful and delicious.

Wenzl McGowen centers by the fire

Wenzl McGowen centers by the fire

Hi Y'all! Moon Hooch in the house

Hi Y’all! Moon Hooch in the house

Too bad they couldn’t stick around for the solstice fire! Back on the road.

Go see Moon Hooch if you can.

L-Tryptophan Makes Us Dance

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Sleep is for the weak after a dead turkey day feast! McGraws dance.

iPhone not so good as the Droid. Hey Eli, you owe dad $10.

A Woodpecker, a Cinematographer, and a Fiddle

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Earth dances includes over 20 performers. Our family included three. Saturday’s show had an audience of over 100.

Amy as the guide, a red cockaded woodpecker.

Jack shoots the show.

Concentration during Wolf Talk.

Earth Dances in Bluemont

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What: Earth Dances- Evening length multi-media dance performance and walking excursion (a.k.a. Jen Ston’s Master’s Thesis in Choreography)

When: Saturday Oct 20 and Sunday 21, 2012 at 6pm

Where: 33834 Snickersville Tpke Bluemont, VA 20135
(next door to the Bluemont Community Center, the Stone’s Field where the Children’s Fair is located during the Bluemont Fair.)

Who: Professional modern dancer Jen Stone with her professional and community dancers, musicians (hey, that’s us: Anna Billman, Gina Faber, Allen Kitselman, and Gary McGraw), and visual artists. Over 20 performers in the show! Amy Barley will be your guide.

Suggested Donation: $10-$20 adults, Kids FREE- 50% of the proceeds will go to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center http://www.Blueridgewildlife.org.

Please make checks out to:
Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

Credit Cards accepted at Performance.

More info can be found at www.inner-sun-yoga.com on the Earth Dances page and on Facebook Earth Dances Oct 20 and 21.

The show includes a reprise of Wolf Talk.

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