Jun 152014

Summer Solstice Party bannerThe summer solstice is almost here again! Officially, it’s Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 4:51 AM in Edmonton. Since we’re a fan of picnics and potlucks, we’ll be celebrating it about 12 hours later in Coronation Park.

Where: The location is the RED canopy (Site #1) at Coronation Park (between Westmount Mall and Telus World of Science). Click here for a map. Parking is by the community hall on the north end of the park, however, you can drive around the loop and drop things off at the picnic site.

When: Saturday, June 21, starting a 4pm, and continuing until everyone leaves. We have a canopy, so this will be rain or shine. As last year demonstrated, even if Old Strathcona is experienceing torrential downpours and high winds, Coronation Park can have lovely weather.

What: Since this a potluck, picnic, fun social time, and all that good stuff, here’s what you should bring:

  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray and other weather-appropriate summer items
  • Food: bring about as much food and non-alcoholic beverages as you think you (or you and your family) will eat over a course of a few hours. Salads, snacks, dips, desserts, and cold casseroles, and other typical potluck foods are great. Don’t worry too much about whether there will be duplicate dishes, we’ve never had a problem yet.
  • BBQ: There are wood BBQs and fire pits, so feel free to bring your own meat or veggies to cook up. Please remember to bring fire-safe utensils for cooking it.
  • Games: bubbles, balls, croquet, kites, whatever you think would be fun.

The SEA will provide disposable plates, cups, utensils, and napkins for everyone, although you can bring your own if you really want. We’ll also have a scavenger hunt for the younger kids, like last year.

Help: We will need a few volunteers. Please contact us if you can help with one of these:

  • A cooler with ice for drinks
  • A cooler with ice for meats, or other perishables
  • Some firewood, kindling, and lighter (not a lot, think file-box sized)
  • Help during the picnic with the scavenger hunt




Jun 222013

Thanks to everyone (and their kids) who came out to the picnic today! It went off without a hitch. The scavenger hunt was enjoyed by the kids (especially the bug catching), the small rocket demo got everyone’s attention, and we saw a lot of new faces.

We got to enjoy the warm weather and sun, since the hail on the south side of the city didn’t make it that far north, and we were wrapping up just as some dark clouds rolled in.

Pictures can be found on our facebook page.


Jun 252012

Thank you to everyone who showed up and made this year’s Summer Solstice Party a roaring success! At the peak, we had over 40 people there at once, and in total, over 50 made appearances.

The weather was fine, food was delicious and abundant, the adults had interesting conversations, and the kids had fun with giant bubbles, balls, and jump rope. There was also an epic trek around the pond to retrieve a beach ball, and some paddle boating.

Lost and found: two different serving spoons. Contact us if one of them belongs to you.