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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.)

bubbles

bubbles

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!

Summer Solstice Sketches by Joel Winstead

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What a beautiful day Saturday turned out to be. The river was crystalline (and flowing fast), the beer was delicious, and the night was filled with fire and music. Joel Winstead captured the 2015 solstice party zeitgeist in some sketches.

The Shenandoah on the Solstice by Joel Winstead

The Shenandoah on the Solstice by Joel Winstead

Mr Pea on his usual perch (by Joel Winstead)

Mr Pea on his usual perch (by Joel Winstead)

Music by the solstice fire (by Joel Winstead)

Music by the solstice fire (by Joel Winstead)

Firelit at the solstice (by Joel Winstead)

Firelit at the solstice (by Joel Winstead)

Thanks for coming to the solstice party! Support local music; come hear Where’s Aubrey’s CD release concert this Friday at the Brightbox in Winchester.

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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)

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