Midsummer Day Celebration at San Pedros Springs Park

June 22nd (2018)

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    Room: Main Shrine Room
    Come celebrate the beginning of Summer! Midsummer Day is an opportunity for families and friends in Shambhala to enjoy summer fun together. It’s a celebration of the Nyida Day associated with the summer solstice. This year, we're hosting a Summer Solstice BBQ Potluck & Pool Party on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm at San Pedro Springs Park (N Flores entrance, between Weymouth and Krempkau). 

    Potluck info: Please sign-up for the potluck at the Google form here, or contact Michelle at: (210) 289-0877 or [email protected].
    • Bring whatever you'd like to grill to share! 
    • You are invited to bring your picnic blankets or favorite lawn chairs; we will have some chairs available for those unable to sit on the ground or picnic tables.
    • We'll provide plates, cups, utensils. 
    We also have an optional field trip scheduled to neighboring Scobee Planetarium (see below for more info).
    Event schedule 
    6:00; 6:30 PM - (Scobee Planetarium) 
    Families with children under 6 years of age are encouraged to attend the planetarium’s showing of “Little Star That Could”, a 36 minute animated family presentation with no age restriction. Tickets are sold at 6 PM for the 6:30 PM show, and ticket prices can be found below. 
    6:30 to 8:30 PM - (San Pedro Park)
    We will convene near the playground closest to the N Flores entrance for a lhasang and welcoming remarks.
    Adults, children, teens, and adults of all ages are invited to play games, soak up the sun, sing songs, fly kites, catch frisbees, eat delicious food, play by the pool, and generally enjoy being human. 
    8:30; 9:00 PM - (Scobee Planetarium)
    Everyone above 6 years of age is invited to attend the after-party at the planetarium for the double feature, “Secrets of the Sun/Tales of the Maya Skies." Tickets are sold at 8:30pm for the 9 PM show, and ticket prices can be found below. If the skies are clear, the telescopes will be available.
    8:30 to 9:00 PM - (San Pedro Park)
    Anyone not interested in attending the planetarium's program is invited to partake in the clean-up, which may be embellished with song, dance, and general frolic.
    Scobee Planetarium Info:
    Ticket Prices: Adults (18+) - $5.00; Children (ages 4-17) - $4.00
    Address: The Lackey Camp-Casper Ticket Booth is located in the Scobee Education Center in the blue “Charlie Cheever Star Tower” at 28 West Park Avenue, 78212
    Parking is in Lot 21, in unreserved spots. (The planetarium is a short walking distance away from the park.)
    Please remember that this is an outdoor event:
    • Bring your hat, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent, if you need them. 
    • The pool is free, so bring your swim gear!
    The suggested donation to benefit the center is $10.
    If you have questions or need more information, you may contact Maria at (210) 704-7470, or Chantal at [email protected].
    Hope to see you there!!!
    Did you know that during the Summer Solstice the Earth's North Pole is tilted closest to the sun? It is also the day that the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky! Since ancient times, people have celebrated the solstice and observed it with many different cultural and religious traditions. 
    Additional Information on Shambhala Nyida Days 
    The Shambhala community has a tradition of celebrating the changes of the seasons. These are called "nyida" days from the Tibetan words nyima (sun) and dawa (moon), and they occur on or near the days of the equinoxes and solstices. Nyida days are family-oriented celebrations and occasions for local Shambhala communities to gather socially. Midsummer Day observes the summer solstice.