December 21, 1998 |
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.
December 23, 1996 |
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.
June 21, 2002 |
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.
December 23, 1997 |
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.
June 20, 1993 |
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.
June 23, 2002 |
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)
January 30, 2015 |
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.
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.
June 22, 2014 |
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.
June 5, 2005 |
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.