Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Welcome Summer at the UMass Sunwheel!

Summer is here!

We celebrated the arrival of summer last week at the UMass Sunwheel on June 21st, the day of the Summer Solstice. The weather was perfect -- clear all day, with temperatures in the 60's for sunrise, and 80's at sunset. Even though the sunrise gathering was at the early hour of 5 a.m., there were 26 hearty souls present to see the Sun come up. And 148 visitors were present for sunset, making a total of 173 people at the Sunwheel for Summer Solstice 2010! The sunset crowd was a lively group, asking good questions, and keeping me busy until the mosquitos descended with the darkness. And thank you to my daughter for coming from Chicago to help me with the Sunwheel events.

A visitor named Michelle wrote, "Thanks so much for another great night at the Sunwheel! I have been to a few [gatherings] now, and always learn something new. Tonight I was especially touched by the sense of community I felt." A visitor from out of town commented, "It was a great learning experience to be there [at the Sunwheel] and listen to you and understand things in their right perspective. We enjoyed every moment of it. Life is full of interesting things. You have opened one more avenue to enjoy life. Thanks a lot for that."

To view the Picasa Web album of Summer Solstice photos taken at the Sunwheel, click here

I am happy to announce that The Sunwheel Project is now on Facebook and Twitter!

To keep up with Sunwheel events, news and exciting new developments on Facebook, visit and "Like"

[This is distinct from the Facebook page "Friends of the Sunwheel",
which is under development.]

You can also follow the Sunwheel on Twitter, at

So summer is really here. My garden shows the early summer flowers, with day lilies of many colors, shasta daisies, snakeroot, roses, chameleon plant, sweet peas, ligularia and spiderwort. Lots of lush green growth for the flowers yet to bloom. I am reminded to give thanks to Mother Earth every day for the abundance and support and beauty she offers!

Happy Summer!