Today is the Summer Solstice! (latin sol – sun, stitium – to stand still) (time (and sun) seems to stand still/pause, before heading back/joining the two ends of the year together).
There are many literary references to this day from Shakespeare (A midsummer’s night dream) to Sir Walter Scott (The eve of St John, ballad poem of the Lady of Smailholm Tower, Kelso) as well as JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings (Aragorn and Arwen wed in Minas Tirith on midsummer’s day).
Generally celebrated with bonfires, feasting and merrymaking – certain elements of the Rochesterfest and our booksale! Come join us this week during our book sale, in our Bookstore, find your summer read(s) and make merry!