Photos From the "5th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration, Morro Bay, CA, June 24, 2006
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Contact: Rouvaishyana, Manager, Museum of Natural History, Morro Bay State Park
805-772-2694 ext. 105
Ray Easton, (805) 528-7874

5th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration

Morro Bay, CA: A “Summer Solstice Celebration” returns for a fifth year at the picnic area and campfire center in the campgrounds at Morro Bay State Park.

Inspired by summer solstice festivities practiced by cultures around the world as well as local Native American traditions, docents, coordinated by Ray Easton and Tyra Solomon, plan two events. On Friday, June 23, 2006 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., docents will lead a program of Native American activities including a welcoming ceremony, campfire stories, a “Summer Solstice Sunset Stroll” and a telescopic peek at the heavens. Park campers and museum affiliates are invited to participate and are encouraged to bring their drums, rattles, clappers, and join the merry making.

The gala event, free to the general public, takes place on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Plans include a variety of displays and interactive exhibits. Docents will discuss examples of Chumash artifacts and native plant usage. Handicraft activities, storytelling, puppet shows will share the spotlight with live music, live animals and nature walks. After the grand finale of song and dance, participates will leave the festivities with a brightly decorated tote bag filled with handmade treasures and memories of the day that the “sun stands still”.

Come to the festivities. Invite family and friends. Spread the news to your community. Let’s support this fun-filled tradition. Morro Bay State Park is located on State Park Road in Morro Bay, CA. For more information please contact Rouvaishyana, Museum Manager, Morro Bay Museum of Natural History at (805) 772-2694, ext. 105.