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LIVING
December 21, 1998 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's the first day of winter, the shortest day of the year. So the sun will start rising earlier, and the sunsets will start coming later, right? Not exactly. Morning sun will actually dwindle a bit for two more weeks, and afternoon sun has been stretching a little since early December. Defies common sense, doesn't it? That's because there are two trends at work. One changes how many hours of sunlight we get. The other changes - slightly east or slightly west - where the sun appears at the same time each day. Today is the winter solstice because of the Earth's tilt.
NEWS
December 23, 1996 | By Louis S. Hansen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For a moment, hushed voices and crystallized breath blew toward a single, key-shaped shaft of light falling through a stone tower and onto a cobble of snow-crusted flat stones. Hello, winter. At noon Friday, a group of solstice revelers huddled around artist Winifred Lutz's tower to watch the event that has become a tradition at the Abington Art Center's sculpture garden. "It takes you back a step," said Shannon Thompson, director of development at the art center. "It's a natural way to celebrate the season.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2002 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
Today and tonight mark the summer solstice, when the sun is highest in the sky and summer officially begins. The Kimmel Center's solstice gets celebrated hedonistically, with an all-night revel of musical attractions from this area. There's an enormously wide range, some going on simultaneously and, for only $10, you can bop from dusk to dawn with an all-access pass. The Kimmel is going all out to become the city's cultural magnet, and a success with this event ensures that program director Mervon Mehta will come up with even more imaginative schemes.
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | By Stephanie Brenowitz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
While many have been spending these last moments before the holidays in that old familiar shopping frenzy, 15 women took time out of their mad dash to celebrate an older ritual. Gathered around the wood fire with white candles held delicately in their hands, the women chanted: "Amen. Let there be light," in the first of what they say will be an annual celebration of the winter solstice. To hail the shortest day of the year, the women came together Sunday at Mary's Vineyard, a grassroots center and spiritual retreat that opened three months ago on Haddonfield Road.
NEWS
June 20, 1993 | By Peter Landry, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the day of longest light, the pagans would gather on plains, in forests, round bonfires, in sweat lodges, and celebrate the shift of the seasons. Druids at Stonehenge. Witches in Europe. American Indians. The sun would rise and arc across the sky, and early peoples would rejoice that winter was dead at last, that summer had arrived in all its fruitfulness. "They saw this one special time as a kind of fulfillment of the yearly passage and setting up the yearly promise," says University of Pennsylvania folklorist Roger Abrahams.
NEWS
June 23, 2002 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
It's 2:45 a.m. - do you know where your culture is? At this particular moment in the Kimmel Center, it depends on which culture you mean. A seven-member comedy troupe in Verizon Hall is making clever mincemeat of the English language, and in an intimate room upstairs, a small collection of thespians is threatening to go through the complete Shakespeare sonnets - in pajamas. Down on the plaza, a fortune teller warns a stout woman with wiry hair about being too nice ("I see you've always had a strong ear for listening; I think this is gonna hurt you," she says)
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
WHILE THE Seahawks play in the Super Bowl, fans who live in Washington State can smoke a super bowl. Washington, where weed in legal, already has a strain of pot named "Beast Mode 2.0" after Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Now, a company named Solstice is busy hand-rolling joints for its new "12th Pack" product, an homage to the raucous Seahawks fans collectively known as the "12th Man. " The pack consists of 12 sticks of "Seahawks Blend," which allegedly hits harder that Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.
NEWS
December 19, 2014
WITH NO FANFARE or explanation, Goose Island Brewing this year changed the name of its winter seasonal beer from Christmas Ale to Festivity Ale . I suppose if I were Bill O'Reilly, I'd go into a spittle-spraying rage over yet another breach in the so-called "War on Christmas. " The pagan in me, however, will instead point out that removing Christ's name from the beer is not altogether misguided. That's because Christmas beer is actually older than Christmas itself. Way older.
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
THE SKATEBOARDERS at Paine's Park near the Art Museum were so stunned yesterday that their wheels came to a screeching halt. A horde of drummers draped in green and yellow uniforms with faces painted a bright shade of white had just come barreling into their territory. "[The skateboarders] stopped in their tracks to watch - which is what we were hoping for," said Jay Wahl, organizer of the surprise drumfest. The flash-mob-style drum line was actually a pop-up teaser show by the French street performance group La Compagnie du Transe Express, which is scheduled to perform at the Kimmel Center for the Solstice in the City celebration today.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2005 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At General Motors Corp.'s Wilmington assembly plant, workers are busy churning out nearly 100 preproduction versions of Pontiac's curvaceous new two-seater, the Solstice. But they are only practice models - most will be destroyed at the crusher, or perhaps in movies, after testing. Street-legal versions are not expected in dealer showrooms until September or October, long after prime time for a warm-weather convertible has passed. The Johnny-come-lately rollout embodies both the promise and the perils that lurk for GM as it struggles with competition, labor issues and unfortunate timing in an attempt to right itself.
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NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pay no attention to all that snow on the lawn or the car roof. Officially, meteorologically, and astronomically, winter truly is over. Given that the region has just been creamed with up to six inches of snow, and in deference to the first full day of spring, we'll hold off on mentioning what happened in April 100 years ago. For now, if you give the spring sun a few hours Saturday, you probably won't have to do much shoveling. Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, has promised it will all be gone by day's end. And although temperatures will stay well below normal for the next few days, no more snow is in the forecast.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2015 | By Jacqueline Bigar, For The Inquirer
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) You greet the spring solstice with glee. After all, your birthday time of year has arrived. How fun! Your energy might be off, so consider a power nap before you head out. Wherever you appear, you will feel nearly like a rock star. Use this moment to make a move on the apple of your eye. Play out a little resistance with a smile. You feel happier and happier and more mellow than you have for a long while as the weekend plays out. TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
WHILE THE Seahawks play in the Super Bowl, fans who live in Washington State can smoke a super bowl. Washington, where weed in legal, already has a strain of pot named "Beast Mode 2.0" after Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Now, a company named Solstice is busy hand-rolling joints for its new "12th Pack" product, an homage to the raucous Seahawks fans collectively known as the "12th Man. " The pack consists of 12 sticks of "Seahawks Blend," which allegedly hits harder that Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.
NEWS
December 19, 2014
WITH NO FANFARE or explanation, Goose Island Brewing this year changed the name of its winter seasonal beer from Christmas Ale to Festivity Ale . I suppose if I were Bill O'Reilly, I'd go into a spittle-spraying rage over yet another breach in the so-called "War on Christmas. " The pagan in me, however, will instead point out that removing Christ's name from the beer is not altogether misguided. That's because Christmas beer is actually older than Christmas itself. Way older.
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
THE SKATEBOARDERS at Paine's Park near the Art Museum were so stunned yesterday that their wheels came to a screeching halt. A horde of drummers draped in green and yellow uniforms with faces painted a bright shade of white had just come barreling into their territory. "[The skateboarders] stopped in their tracks to watch - which is what we were hoping for," said Jay Wahl, organizer of the surprise drumfest. The flash-mob-style drum line was actually a pop-up teaser show by the French street performance group La Compagnie du Transe Express, which is scheduled to perform at the Kimmel Center for the Solstice in the City celebration today.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When actor/director Thomas Choinacky created Philadelphia's SoLow Festival with Amanda Grove in 2010, the idea was to build a homespun, avant-garde, micro-theater event that was inexpensive to produce and to witness. "Amanda and I both had solo work we wanted to create, and because reaching audiences for that art form is challenging, we decided to produce our work at the same time, which launched into a bigger idea of asking people from the community to join in," says Choinacky in one breath.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
The notion that our world will end, vanish - finito! - two Fridays from now is something I take very personally. For, like Thomas Becket, Jane Fonda, and Frank Zappa, I was born on Dec. 21. Therefore, my family reminds me, there's no need for birthday presents. Or dinner reservations. On the plus side, if it's true, I will not age any further. Diet and exercise, moderation and common sense become meaningless. Fiscal cliff? Ha! It's all downhill. Local bonus: Scratch the rest of the Eagles' season.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2011 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
At 14 hours long, you're going to need the gentle accoutrements of chair massage and seated henna tattooing offered up at this year's version of the Kimmel Center's annual Summer Solstice Celebration. Not every aspect of the Summer Solstice event will go by in a heated blur. The First-Person Arts Story Slam of true-to-life prose may be harrowing, but how loud can a group of tall-tale tellers get? Classical guitarist MiloĆ° Karadagli will bathe the stage with a sense of calm rather than commotion.
LIVING
June 17, 2009 | By Rodrigo Muzell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Many Philadelphians are familiar with Brazilian music and dance - samba, anyone? - and this weekend they'll also get a taste of Brazilian fashion. At Saturday's Citibank Summer Solstice 2009 celebration at the Kimmel Center, fashion designer Marcia Ganem will show creations that mix the traditions of her state - Bahia, in northeast Brazil - with elements of jewelry and music. One of the pieces she plans to show has 7,200 carats of citrine, Ganem says. "I also have been studying the patterns used in percussion instruments like the xequere [a dried gourd covered with a net of woven beads]
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