The Longest Night

By In Photos

by Will Yurman

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.”

~ Margaret Atwood

Serena Appel hosted her 5th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Walk through Old Town on the shortest day of 2023, December 21. More than two dozen people walked a winding path through old town from Harbor Street to the Christmas Tree on Bay St. carrying a variety of lamps and lanterns to celebrate the solstice and look forward to the slow journey to longer days.

Dozens walk through Old Town just after sunset on the shortest day of the year.
The snowman at city hall made for a natural photo opportunity along the walk.
Local artist and and art studio owner,Serena Appel, started the Solstice Lantern Walk five years ago. “Solstice is awesome,” she said.
Some of the walkers gathered for a photo outside city hall as they made their way through around Old Town. Meranda Schaffer, left, is visiting from Talent, Oregon and said the walk was a way to celebrate the end of this trip around the sun and look forward to what’s to come for next year.
Walking a long Bay St. A slow shutter speed creates the blur as they pass by the Christmas lights hung along local shops.
Murphy was one of the four-legged participants in the solstice walk.
1 Comment
  1. PG December 21, 2023

    Great way to celebrate this year’s Midnight.


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