Sunday June 21 at 5 a.m.

Summer Solstice = Start of Summer

Start your Father's Day early with a special sunrise! 

Come and celebrate at the Sun Circle

 

The sun rises directly in the east only twice a year, once in spring and once in fall. It's positions on the horizon for rise and set can be understoon by the Sun Circle henge at Beach Bluff Park in Swampscott on the Marblehead border. 

Sunday, June 21- Father's Day marks the Summer Solstice.  At 5 a.m., at sunrise, the CIA invites everyone to come to the Sun Circle at Beach Bluff Park in Swampscott to celebrate, learn, and observe the change in season. 

Don Orne, Gong Master, will lead the gathering of friends, neighbors, and guests. Bruce Greenwald, sculptor and architect, will answer questions about the Circle and astronomer Jim Keating will comment on the solar system and astronomical dynamics. 

"Summer Solstice, Father's Day, and celebrating with friends and neighbors to see the sun rise at the beach all wrapped into one --- it's a wonderful way to welcome in a new day!", invited Philip Lee, CIA Board Member.

“Everyone - of all ages and from all places - is invited to join us at the Sun Circle. Here in this place, science, art, the mystery and love of life are brought together.” said Lynn Nadeau, President of the CIA. 

“The sun has been waiting for you for a year.  It’s time to greet summer at Preston Beach and celebrate together at the Sun Circle.  Join us at sunrise on June 21st…  See you there!” encouraged the CIA’s Sunshine Girl, Roberta Chadis

Krena, regular photographer of these events, observed, “The Summer Solstice event requires early rising, but the weather is usually spectacular. It is the most populated of the celebrations. One group of special friends have made it a tradition for an early bike ride to the site to celebrate summer's arrival.”

Beach Bluff Park, owned and cared for by the CIA, has become an attraction for people from all over where they can observe the sea and the sky,  access the beach and sit and contemplate in peace. 

Vice President Sheryl Levenson of Swampscott commented, "The CIA, its membership and activities, is open to everyone. We are always looking for new volunteers - people who are willing to help plan and execute the CIA's mission of preserving, protecting and improving the scenic, historic and natural character of our open and public spaces. We gratefully accept financial contributions. The CIA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization."

Membership stickers can be obtained from the CIA agents at the parking lot from 10 to 4 on weekends until July.  The CIA maintains a website at www.ciabeachbluff.org.

The Seasons they go 'round and 'round ...

 Four times a year, scientists, students, spiritual seekers and nature-lovers rise early to witness the spectacular effect of the Sun’s journey as it touches the Sun Sculpture’s basalt columns, one by one.  Led by Gong Master Don Orne with Sculptor Bruce Greenwald and Astronomer Jim Keating, three aspects of life are represented: mystery, art, and science, revealed and made manifest by the Sun Circle.  Neighbors and strangers gather together to observe, learn, and celebrate the planetary truths and our place in the universe; participants share song, dance, and commentary as they gather to bid farewell to the past season and to welcome the new.
 Beach Bluff Park Winter solstice
Summer Solstice

On the summer solstice, around June 21, the sun rises at the point on the horizon that is farthest north - 32 degrees north of east.  And the moment of the winter solstice is the exact moment when the earth’s axis is tilted closest to the line connecting the center of the earth and the sun producing the longest day in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern. The word  “solstice” comes from the Latin for “sun stands still” - since the sun seems poised at its rising place for a day or two. 
 
Photographs by Khkrena
Equinox
 
The sun rises directly in the east only twice a year, once in fall and once in spring. On that day, the earth's axis is perpendicular to the line connecting the earth and sun and the day and night are of equal length. "Equinox" comes from the Latin for "equal night".

There are two equinoxes - one on around September 21 which announces the start of autumn and one on around March 21 which announces the beginning of spring.



 
Winter Solstice
 
On the winter solstice, around December 21, the sun rises at the point on the horizon that is farthest farthest south - 32 degrees south of east.  The moment of the winter solstice is the exact moment when the earth’s axis is tilted farthest from the line connecting the center of the earth and the sun producing the shortest day in the northern hemisphere and the longest in the southern. The word  “solstice” comes from the Latin for “sun stands still” - since the sun seems poised at its rising place for a day or two.
 
 

The CIA was established in 1934 with gifts of land which are now used for parking.
In 1993, a generous gift of additional land was given by  the Blodgett family. This land, which connects with Preston Beach, is now known as Beach Bluff Park and is enjoyed by everyone who passes by or stops to visit.

In the spring of 2007, the wall protecting the park from the sea was destroyed by a storm. A new wall, with stairs down to the beach, has been constructed which will protect the Park as well as the avenue from being flooded during storms.