Amazing Midsummer Celebration!

Amazing Midsummer Celebration!

The Museum’s celebration of Midsummer yesterday was fantastic.  The weather was perfect and the crowds were out!  Words, photos and video don’t really do this event justice.  It was sensational – thanks to everyone involved and to our wonderful intern Enora for the majority of these photos and videos.

In the days leading up to the event, the area in front of the Museum was transformed by Victoria Musson (with the help of her lovely assistant Jonathan).  The Elemental Guardians were put in place on the bridge and all sorts of wonderful works of art were festooned in the Harbour.  The two 8 foot tall straw sculptures were erected and people began to personalise them: pinning on words and things of significance and inserting small offerings into the specially constructed holes in their bellies.  Photographs below courtesy of Alex Langstone.

Then on Saturday, the day started with River Moor Coven, a local group, dancing outside the Museum.  Their dances were a lot of fun and we enjoyed having them here.

Then, Merv and Alison Davey led the crowd in some traditional Cornish dances. They mostly involved circles to celebrate the Sun.  Merv and Alison photographed below.

 

You can listen to some music and watch a dance here:

After that, Victoria Musson led the crowd in a blessing of the waters: at least two rivers converge in Boscastle and here is where they join the sea.   She spoke beautifully about the Goddess and the power and importance of water.  A wreath was floated into the water as an offering.  Many people queued up afterwards to receive a blessing with water.

After an eventful start to the day, we took a break.  Lots of people enjoyed the sunshine, visited the Museum, had a drink (or two!) and something to eat.  As the sun began to go down, the atmosphere changed.  The God and Goddess sculptures were moved into the Harbour area.  Fires were lit around them and fire dancers then communed with the elements in the beautiful amphitheatre that is Boscastle Harbour.  The God and Goddess were set alight.  The spectators looked on as the God’s fire raged, the Goddess took longer to burn.  By the time the sun set, they were no more. 

 

 

Photo courtesy Alex Langstone

Photo courtesy Alex Langstone

Photo courtesy of the Picture Parlour, Boscastle.

Photo courtesy of the Picture Parlour, Boscastle.

 

We hope to do something similar again next year around June 22nd 2019.  Hope to see you then!

Sunset over Boscastle.  Photo above: courtesy Alex Langstone

Below: photo courtesy of the Picture Parlour, Boscastle.

 

 

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