The Summer Solstice is June 21. In ancient times across the world, people who recognized the longest day of the year would celebrate it by gathering together, singing, lighting bonfires, and – in some cases – drinking. Fast forward to today and, well, not much has changed. (Except we think that solstice revelers before the common era probably didn’t have to worry about photographic evidence of their celebrations making it onto Facebook.)
The folks at the Spring Gate Vineyard in Harrisburg are ringing in the solstice the best way they know how: alcohol, art, and a full lineup of music. From 5 p.m. on June 20, Solstice Eve, to 1 a.m. on June 21 – the actual Solstice – the public is invited to join in on the fun in the vineyard’s courtyard.
First, the alcohol: Spring Gate is releasing a new tea wine to celebrate the occasion, priced at $3 a glass. If you’ve got a Spring Gate growler, you better bring it along – a fill-up will be $9 all night long. (If you’ve got a designated driver, they don’t have to miss out on all the fun: there will also be nonalcoholic slushies.) Wear something sun-themed, and you’ll get half off whatever it is you’re drinking. (The Facebook page is very adamant on one caveat: you cannot wear sunglasses. Dig up your dad’s ugly Jerry Garcia sun tie or your mom’s sun-patterned maxidress from last century if you have to; your Ray Bans will not get you out of this one.)
As for the entertainment, they’ve put together a music lineup that will run from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Ryan Moran and Shine Delphi, among others, will be playing. There will also be face painting, a sidewalk chalking contest, and rad bottle painting run by Paint and Create. Painting a bottle is $20, and if you’re interested, register for it here.
The only potential side effect is that you might greet the longest day of the year with the longest hangover you have this year, but drinking responsibly should prevent that minor hiccup. Pack up your lawn chairs and find your celestial-patterned garb: the Vineyard’s the place to be this Saturday.