Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration 2020

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Welcome!

Celebrate the beginning of the summer season. Learn about the scientific and cultural significance of the summer solstice, participate in virtual field trips, enjoy musical performances, and explore activities to do at home. 

Since 2013, this annual event has welcomed visitors to our four museums. This year we are bringing the celebration straight to you with a special virtual event!

Program segments have been pre-recorded specifically for this event; some will include live Q&A sessions.
 

Program Schedule

 
Watch a recording on Facebook or YouTube.
Woman, smiling surrounded by balloons.10:00 am WELCOME MESSAGE
Diana Xochitl Munn
Director of Public Programs, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
12 positions of the yoga pose, sun salutation with text: Sun Salutation.10:05 am | SUN SALUTATIONS
Settle in with a gentle breathing exercise and then move through a short-guided sequence of sun salutations. Suitable for all levels.
Andrea Heller, Program Coordinator
David S. Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University
 

Man, Henry Trae Winter, smiling.

10:15 am | SOLSTICES FROM THE STONE AGE TO THE ROCKET AGE
Solstices have been important cultural events long before written records were kept. In modern times we use atomic clocks and mobile phones to tell the time of day, but solstices are still important in marking the passages of time. We will look at why solstices occur and why they are still relevant even in the space age.
Henry "Trae" Winter III, Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory 
Short presentation followed by a live Q&A

Two women singing and one man playing a guitar.11:00 am | SOL Y CANTO: LATIN MUSIC FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!
Sol y Canto’s songs feature toe-tapping plena, son, calypso, reggae, and more from their Parents' Choice Award-Winning CD, Twice as Many Friends/El Doble de Amigos !  With their irresistibly singable and danceable high-energy sound, Sol y Canto (sun and song) immerses audiences of all ages in the joys of a bilingual celebration.

“Sublime ambassadors of Pan-Latin music.”  Boston Globe 

Stonehenge on a sunny day
11:30 am | VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP TO STONEHENGE, ENGLAND
Take a virtual field trip to Stonehenge, the famed English prehistoric monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site! Learn from English Heritage experts about the links between summer solstice and Stonehenge and why the site was important to the prehistoric peoples who built it.
Susan Greaney, Senior Properties Historian, English Heritage; Heather Sebire, Senior Property Curator, Stonehenge, English Heritage; Jane Pickering, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology 
Short presentation followed by a live Q&A 
Presented in collaboration with English Heritage 

 

Musicians on stage12:15 pm | KUUMUNITY COLLABORATIONS MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Music and art have the power to change hearts, communities, and ultimately the world. In this choral presentation, Kuumunity Collaborations—a Cambridge-based nonprofit that builds stronger communities through artistic development—presents inspiring musical selections that speak to our present and motivate us all towards a better future.
Kuumunity will be represented by: Eden Girma, Harvard AB '18 ; Tsion Aberra, Harvard AB '11; Paris Woods, Harvard AB '06, EdM '08; Teddy Hickman-Maynard, Harvard AB '00; Willie Jones, UMass Boston BA '16; Under the direction of Sheldon K. X. Reid, Harvard AB '97, EdM '98

One woman and man smiling with instruments.12:30 pm | FABIO PIROZZOLO & SHELLEY OTIS MUSICAL PERFORMANCE 
Italian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Fabio Pirozzolo and harpist Shelley Otis will join forces to deliver a performance that will showcase both Celtic and Southern Italian traditions. Be ready to enjoy the sound of serenades, jigs, reels, tarantellas, and more for this special solstice event.

 

Woman with brown hair and glasses smiling.
1:00 pm | SUMMER ON THE HALF SHELL: OYSTERS FROM SEED TO SLURP
Come explore the world of oysters, a summertime specialty. Learn about oysters and take a virtual tour of a local oyster farm. Bring your own cocktail sauce! 
 
Skylah Reis, Harvard College Undergraduate, Concentration: Integrative Biology 
Short presentation followed by a live Q&A 
sundial with nocturnal1:45 pm | CLOSING

Explore More! Summer Solstice

Woman smiling.LISTEN TO THE HMSC CONNECTS! PODCAST
Listen to an interview with Munazza K. AlamPhD student at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and National Geographic Explorer. Check out more episodes here.
 

EXPLORE EXTRAORDINARY THINGS
Extraordinary Things is a series featuring intriguing objects from all four museums that invites you to explore each "extraordinary thing" with fun activities and from multiple, and sometimes surprising, perspectives.

Cat wearing a flower crown.MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWER CROWN
Making flower crowns is the most popular hands-on activity of the HMSC Summer Solstice Celebration. Get creative and make your own using flowers or any materials you have at home, and be sure to wear your crown on summer solstice. Take photos and tag us with #HarvardSolstice so that we can see your beautiful creations. Share your collection with #HMSCexplorersclub, #HMSCconnects, and #MuseumFromHome, and we may repost your discoveries.

Illustration of animals reading a book together.GATHER AROUND FOR STORY TIME
Join Carol Carlson, HMSC Volunteer Program Coordinator, as she reads It’s Summer by Linda Glaser. 

drawing of HMSC Summer Solstice logo of sunUNLEASH YOUR INNER ARTIST WITH OUR SOLSTICE COLORING PAGES
Color your way through the HMSC collections!

Cube with symbols.HOLD AUGMENTED REALITY ARTIFACTS THAT EMERGE FROM OUR CASES

Make your own MERGE cube to “hold” and study 3D museum artifacts.

 

dirt covered hands holding a seed bombMAKE A SEED BOMB 
Support your local pollinator population while adding color and vitality to your surroundings! Making seed balls is a fun and easy way to increase the quantity and diversity of plants in your neighborhood.

Collection of exploration tools with text: HMSC Explorers Club est. 2020.DISCOVER THE EXPLORERS CLUB INSTAGRAM
The HMSC Explorers Club is an Instagram project that fosters curiosity, a spirit of discovery, and appreciation for the world around us.

EXPLORE EVERYDAY NATURE TASKS WITH THE ARNOLD ARBORETUM
Go outdoors and let the healing power of the natural world work its magic! Check out the many everyday nature tasks offered by our friends at the Arnold Arboretum.