Celebrations of longest day start Friday

Party time!

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2006

For those inclined to party all day long, next Wednesday would probably be their best bet for a lengthy celebration.

Summer solstice, June 21, is the longest day of the year and with it come some annual celebrations on the Kenai Peninsula, though several towns can’t wait until midweek for the party to begin.

Solstice festivals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Seldovia, Saturday and Sunday in Moose Pass and Saturday in Nikiski.

The only festival actually scheduled on the longest day is KDLL’s annual Art and Music Solstice Festival on Wednesday at the Diamond M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Bridge Access.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday night, music, comedy and dance performances punctuate the usual stillness of Seldovia, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, accessible only by boat or plane.

Performers slated for Friday include Simone de Biblioteque, Paul Gerardi, Billy Goat, Al Simmons, Ann Pence, David Francey, Rick Brooks, Alex Whitmore, Tim Mason and McCoy and Millen.

Saturday night performers include Rant and Raven Morris, Seldovia Idles, Alaska Flute Circle, Dan McElrath, Al Simmons, Hopper Family Band, Mike Campbell, Bearfoot Bluegrass, Lia Zito and Homespun.

The two-day festival also will include Saturday workshops on dance, guitar, flute, songwriting, poetry and kids fiddle.

Performances are at Susan B. English School and tickets may be purchased at the door.

Crafts, crafts and more crafts are the highlight of the Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival along the Seward Highway.

The festival also offers music, a beer garden, vendor booths and plenty of food. Each year a special T-shirt is created for the festival and shirts are available for purchase at the festival grounds.

The celebration is organized to raise money for the Moose Pass Sportsman’s Club.

In Nikiski, residents gather for Family Fun in the Midnight Sun on Saturday.

The fair actually runs from about noon until 4:30 or 5 p.m., but the day’s activities start with a 5-mile run and walk at 10 a.m.

Age-appropriate games for kids from newborn to 12 years, booths, music, food and beverages are available in the parking lots next to the Nikiski pool and the hockey rink.

The day culminates with a prize drawing at 4:30 p.m.

KDLL’s summer solstice festival at the Diamond M Ranch is host for this year’s music festival featuring “all types of music” from 3 p.m. to midnight.

Food, beverages, arts and crafts are available, and the festival boasts no admission fee.

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