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An Instant in Time – Summer Solstice in Old Town

An Instant in Time – Summer Solstice in Old Town

Here is a little solstice education, brought to you by Cravings Gourmet Popcorn:

The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of the earth’s semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the sun that it orbits. This happens twice each year, at which times the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole.

Technically the summer solstice is calculated as an instant in time, solstice is derived from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). Generally described the summer solstice, (commonly known as the first day of summer) occurs on the day that has the longest period of daylight – except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous, from a few days to six months around the summer solstice. For those of us in the northern hemisphere summer solstice is usually some time between June 20 and June 22.

Celebrations of the Solstice have their roots in ancient tribal rituals, many coming from the European countries. Those celebrations have made their way across the ocean and through time, having little to do with the original celebrations rooted in rituals of fertility. 

One of the most notable contemporary Solstice celebrations happens each year in Seattle, Washington where the annual Solstice Parade has been co-opted by Naked Painted Cyclists since 1995.  A little tamer, and closer to home, Old Town Lansing, through the efforts of the Old Town Commercial Association, has been celebrating the dual festivals of the Moon and Sun since (year).  These two festivals create a good reason to sample beer, wine, some great music and the company of good friends.

At Cravings we love events like the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun because each year new people find their way to Old Town and discover just how fun it is to be here.  We always earn some new regular customers during the festival season, and for that we are so grateful!  So, when you get here face north on Turner Street, look for the giant popcorn box and come on in. We love that instant in time when you change from a stranger to a friend and customer.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via
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