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 162013

As I hope you’re aware, rain or shine, the Edmonton Atheists annual Summer Solstice Potluck Picnic is happening this Saturday, June 22, 4-7pm at the blue picnic site in Coronation Park (Google Map).

The park is easily accessible by bus, and is walking distance from the Westmount Transit Centre and Telus World of Science. Parking is on the north side of the park, at Woodcroft Community League.

As you might guess, this takes a little organization to put together, but nothing too strenuous.
We’d like a few volunteers for:

  • Cooler and ice (one for meat, one for other items needing cold)
  • Kindling and paper
  • Fire wood
  • A few people day of to help with the kids scavenger hunt

Everyone should bring:

  • Something to drink (water fountains and taps are avaliable at the park)
  • A potluck food to share (with serving spoons, etc.)
  • Outdoor games (bubbles, balls, Frisbee, etc.)
  • Weather appropriate gear (hats, sunscreen, bug spray, rain coat)

Wood burning grills and fire pits are avaliable for cooking (remember utensils to get your hot food off). Power is not avaliable at the picnic site.

The SEA will provide:

  • Cups, plates, utensils, napkins
  • A limited number of burgers, buns, and condiments

If you can volunteer to bring along a cooler & ice, or fire supplies, please contact us.