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Solstice Fire 2014

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The longest night is over. We turned the sun again. Great solstice party, as ever, thanks to all of you. Of note this year, superior food in the random food pile and really tasty tunes by the fire.

I know, lets do it again!!

2014 winter solstice fire

2014 winter solstice fire

The night was still and cold, and the fire took a couple of minutes to get going. Jack took some video that was transformed into this time lapse.

lighting (starts small)

lighting (starts small)

Sadly, the keg was dead by 7:30?! It’s impossible to get the beer amount dialed in even after 11 years of practice. Oh well, there’s always bourbon.

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.

Moon Hooch 12.19.14

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.

Dogs Declare Solstice Fire Ready

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Puck sez "Fire ready to light"

Puck sez “Fire ready to light”

The solstice fire is ready. The weather report is improving (sorry cynthia). Time to turn the sun around!!

Spring-like day on the Shenandoah

Spring-like day on the Shenandoah

Sunlight begets fire light

Sunlight begets fire light

Before.

2014 fire

2014 fire

After (2013).

Where do solstice fires come from?

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Rocket launch?  No, solstice bonfire!

Rocket launch? No, solstice bonfire!

Solstice fires take several months to build. After a big fire like the one we had July 5th, we start piling up wood for the next solstice six months out.

Here is what the “core” of the winter fire looks like so far. At the very bottom of the pile is a stack of huge locust logs that will cook all night.

1/4 of a winter solstice fire started in July.  locust core.

1/4 of a winter solstice fire started in July. locust core.

And here is the garden. Because, well, just because.

The garden in mid-July.

The garden in mid-July.

Summer Solstice 2014: Big Fun

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The bonfire as captured by Joel Winstead

The bonfire as captured by Joel Winstead

What a blast the 2014 iteration of the solstice party was. Thanks for coming! And thanks to “electric triangle” for the new wrinkle…electric music at nightfall.

Electric Triangle as captured by Joel Winstead.

Electric Triangle as captured by Joel Winstead.

We kicked the keg (not bad for old people) and played acoustic music well past the wee hours into the pre-school hours.

Thanks for making the summer solstice 2014 party magical.

Gina and Gary play music by the bonfire (joel winstead)

Gina and Gary play music by the bonfire (joel winstead)

More Solstice Flame!

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The log that will not burn.

The log that will not burn.

one. big. dude.

one. big. dude.

2014 Winter Solstice Fire

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What started idyllic.

Sunset on the solstice (comes early).

Sunset on the solstice (comes early).

Turned to the apocalyptic.

Apocalypse now.

Apocalypse now.

90 feet of flame

90 feet of flame

And ended with the ridiculous.

Who took my winter??

Who took my winter??

Salubrious solstice to all, and may your recovery be complete.

Solstice Fire: Check

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10 hours of wood piling (2 today), chain sawing, throwing, and general merriment later—welcome to the solstice fire.

Before the day.

Before the day.

A job well done.

A job well done.

Quite the pile.

Quite the pile.

Done.

Done.

Time for a walk by Shenandoah.

Time for a walk by Shenandoah.

Summer Solstice Fire 2013

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Photo by marcus ranum.

Photo by marcus ranum.

As always the solstice party was a complete blast! Thanks for coming.

Kilts!

kilts

What do you do in Spring?

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Prepare for winter of course. No rest for the pattern bound on this planet.

Firewood in the red shed.

Firewood in the red shed.

Remember that tree? Well it has been almost completely consolidated.

Spring light on the winter woodpile.

Spring light on the winter woodpile.

It’s not just winter we get ready for in Spring. We have to get ready for summer too.

Freshly weedeaten and tilled.  Way too early to plant though.

Freshly weedeaten and tilled. Way too early to plant though.

Dirt.

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And the summer solstice fire is growing. (Thanks to the tree.) Architecture by Allen.

Solstice fire at 2/3rds ready.

Solstice fire at 2/3rds ready.

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