Summer in full regalia: water warm

lot open

Little Free Library Stocked! 

come on down! 

The CIA, its membership and activities, is open to everyone. We are always looking for new volunteers - people who are willing to help plan and execute the CIA's mission of preserving, protecting and improving the scenic, historic and natural character of our open and public spaces. We gratefully accept financial contributions. The CIA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Membership stickers can be obtained from the CIA agents at the parking lot from 10 to 4.  The CIA maintains a website at www.ciabeachbluff.org.

The Seasons they go 'round and 'round ...

 Four times a year, scientists, students, spiritual seekers and nature-lovers rise early to witness the spectacular effect of the Sun’s journey as it touches the Sun Sculpture’s basalt columns, one by one.  Led by Gong Master Don Orne with Sculptor Bruce Greenwald and Astronomer Jim Keating, three aspects of life are represented: mystery, art, and science, revealed and made manifest by the Sun Circle.  Neighbors and strangers gather together to observe, learn, and celebrate the planetary truths and our place in the universe; participants share song, dance, and commentary as they gather to bid farewell to the past season and to welcome the new.
 Beach Bluff Park Winter solstice
Summer Solstice

On the summer solstice, around June 21, the sun rises at the point on the horizon that is farthest north - 32 degrees north of east.  And the moment of the winter solstice is the exact moment when the earth’s axis is tilted closest to the line connecting the center of the earth and the sun producing the longest day in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern. The word  “solstice” comes from the Latin for “sun stands still” - since the sun seems poised at its rising place for a day or two. 
 
Photographs by Khkrena
Equinox
 
The sun rises directly in the east only twice a year, once in fall and once in spring. On that day, the earth's axis is perpendicular to the line connecting the earth and sun and the day and night are of equal length. "Equinox" comes from the Latin for "equal night".

There are two equinoxes - one on around September 21 which announces the start of autumn and one on around March 21 which announces the beginning of spring.



 
Winter Solstice
 
On the winter solstice, around December 21, the sun rises at the point on the horizon that is farthest farthest south - 32 degrees south of east.  The moment of the winter solstice is the exact moment when the earth’s axis is tilted farthest from the line connecting the center of the earth and the sun producing the shortest day in the northern hemisphere and the longest in the southern. The word  “solstice” comes from the Latin for “sun stands still” - since the sun seems poised at its rising place for a day or two.
 
 

The CIA was established in 1934 with gifts of land which are now used for parking.
In 1993, a generous gift of additional land was given by  the Blodgett family. This land, which connects with Preston Beach, is now known as Beach Bluff Park and is enjoyed by everyone who passes by or stops to visit.

In the spring of 2007, the wall protecting the park from the sea was destroyed by a storm. A new wall, with stairs down to the beach, has been constructed which will protect the Park as well as the avenue from being flooded during storms.