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Thursday, October 6, 2022
One Lake, Three Beaches solstice celebration cancelled in NOTL

The One Lake, Three Beaches celebration “Drumming Down the Sun” on the summer solstice won’t be held in Niagara-on-the-Lake this June 21.

COVID restrictions cancelled the gathering at Ryerson Park the past two years but organizers hope it might return to a NOTL location in 2023.

One of the organizers, Carla Carlson, noted, “the new parking regulations (in the Chautauqua neighbourhood) have made it difficult to hold events like this due to the number of people coming and the limited amount of parking spaces provided within a close proximity.”

“For the past nine years families gathered to celebrate the longest day of the year,” she said.

Summer solstice events are planned elsewhere, including: 

*Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie, with yoga from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Drumming Down the Sun will follow until 9 p.m. 

*Charles Daley Park in Lincoln starting at 6:30 p.m. with yoga then the drumming ceremony. 

The Lincoln location will feature Zephie James, a master drummer, drumming teacher and lead singer in the band “Reggae Soul.” 

As well, Carlson, who operates Niagara Nature Tours, will be accepting donations to cover some of the costs of organizing the events, with some proceeds going to the Niagara Land Trust. 

For more information about One Lake, Three Beaches, go to the Niagara Nature Tours Facebook page.