So for any new EVE folks, we meet as adults on the Eve of each new season to share ideas of how to celebrate the changing seasons through craft, food, song, story and ritual. Since I started the EVE group in 2010 and didn’t start this blog till 2011, I’m backposting the previous year notes.
Watch for new notes on 2011 Summer ideas and notes from our amazing 2010 Mid-Summer event (with photos).
bibliography: All Year Round by Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton, Marjie Rowling Earthways – simple environmental activities for young children by Carol Petrash Circle Round – raising children in goddess traditions by Starhawk, Diane Baker, Anne Hill © rw 2010
2010 SUMMER ideas:
Document – scrapbook or even a notebook and a glue stick. Give kids a way to hold memories.
Memorial Day(May 31) I’ve only spoken with folks who do NOT have a loved one that they have lost in the service of country that they would be remembering on this holiday.
Last day of school (June 4) The start of a big breath out. Everyone seems ready for the down-time.
Summer Solstice, (June 21) the sun reaches its peak and begins to decline. The Goddess becomes the lover of all things that fade and die. She is the mother of abundance and fruitfulness who loves and feeds her children.
We will have a family Eve Gathering at the Oakhurst Garden on Monday, June 21 from 3-5pm
Craft Song Food Story Ritual Sun-p105 or whipper whopper p93 (All Year Round) or walnut boat p168 (Earthways) Gift of the Summer Sun p220 (Circle Round) Seasonal fruit Father Sun and the Dandelion(Suzanne Down in spring 09 Living Crafts magazine) Circle with the garden fairies.
4th of July (July 4) For many, this is an extended family gathering time. If you are looking for other options, maybe a state park would make a nice outing? (–hopefully a smaller crowd?) Check out the top few events at http://www.gastateparks.org/net/calendar/events.aspx?s=0.0.1.5. I set the search at July events within 50 miles from zip 30030. Change that to fit your driving comfort.
Lughnasad, (August 1) (Pronounced Loo–na–sa) the days are already growing shorter although we are at the warmest time of year. The Goddess becomes the Harvest Mother, as we gather in the first of the crops.
Craft Song Food Story Ritual You pick farms – check out Local Food Guide at http://georgiaorganics.org/ or http://www.pickyourown.org/GA.htm . Usually the ajc runs a list of you-pick farms. We have visited http://www.aboutyule.com/blueberry.asp which is very near http://www.gastateparks.org/Panola. The place we visit is not certified organic, but they do no spray herbicide or pesticide. Call ahead and verify hours and ask about spray practices.
1st day of school (August 19)
Craft Song Food Story Ritual Crayon or pencil holder – something to use in the upcoming year. Good Day, Good Day. Where have you been? What have you done? Where have your journeyed out under the sun?
Summer Birthdays? We have an Eve family that has scheduled a Faery Tea Party! with Jacquelyn H. We look forward to hearing about that at our next Eve night.