Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox at the Sun Circle

The community is invited to welcome the new season during the autumnal equinox at the Sun Circle at Preston Beach on Friday, September 22. Sunrise is at 6:32am and the ceremony will begin at 6:15am.


The Clifton Improvement Association has been running equinox and solstice celebrations since 2009 when it built the Sun Circle, a series of seven-foot-tall stones that help mark the sun’s path and the changing seasons. On an equinox, the sun’s light travels between a circular gap in two stones, creating a sunburst.


On September 22, Donald Orne of Marblehead will lead the 20 minute ceremony, welcoming the new season and banging on a gong. Members of the community are invited to read poetry, play music or sing. The event typically draws between 60 and 100 people.



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