Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Solstice 2014

Summer Solstice Music  at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 4:30 AM
 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
The word solstice comes from Latin sol (sun) and stitium (to stand still). It was believed that at the moment of solstice, time, flowing in a circle, stopped, before ends of the year were joined. Each year  Summer Solstice Celebrations in   the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is among the most popular events in New York.

A seven-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, Paul Winter sais about his show: “People get a sense of community – a sense of the whole wide community of life, which is one of the best things we could do with our music. We begin playing in total darkness at 4:30 a.m. within the awesome space and acoustics of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. We embark on a continuous two-hour musical journey, with players stationed in distant corners or moving among the audience. Somewhere near the halfway point, listeners gradually realize that the Cathedral’s great stained-glass windows are beginning to illuminate. The light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of summer." The  ticket price is  price is $40.

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Mermaid Parade  1PM, Brooklyn
The Mermaid Parade is 1000 people wearing glittery semi-nude costumes, floats with aquatic themes, and classic cars that drive east along Surf Avenue on Coney Island in Brooklyn. The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. The 32nd Annual Mermaid Parade  will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Brooklyn at 1PM.  Expect crowds. I was there last year and plan to visit this year.

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Times Square Yoga, June 21
5:30am - 6:30am: Sunrise Vinyasa
7:30am - 8:30am: Salutations to Summer
9:30am - 10:30am: Power Yoga
11:30am - 1:00pm: Bikram
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Slow Flow Vinyasa
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Sun Sequence for Bent on Learning
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Breath Informed Vinyasa
8:00pm - 9:15pm: Sunset Flow



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Old Westbury Garden, Long Island Midsummer Night 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
See the gardens illuminated with lanterns and decorated by the magical faeries.  General Admission: $15.00 at gate;  free for children 17 and under when accompanied by an adult
 This is a wonderful night for the entire family. In addition to the enchanting decorations, the evening features a series of live music and dance performances by The Isadora Duncan Dance Company.