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Datebook: June 21 – Summer Solstice

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The summer solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s and the moon’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun, at its maximum of 23° 26′. Except in the polar regions (where daylight is continuous for many months), the day on which the summer solstice occurs is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight because the sun reaches its highest position in the sky. Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied among cultures, but most have held a recognition of sign of the fertility, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

It’s Tuesday, June 21

Land Between the Lakes hosts a Summer Solstice Canoe trip tonight from 6 to 8:30, weather permitting. The cost is 25 dollars per canoe. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve a space.

On Thursday night, there’s a Movie in the Park event at the Noble Park amphitheatre in Paducah. This week’s movie is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.” Admission is free, and concessions will be available for purchase.

The children’s theatre camp led by the Purchase Players presents a show this weekend entitled “The Big Bad Musical.” This “courtroom drama” pits the Big Bad Wolf against the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest. The show opens on Friday night at 7 at the Purchase Players Community Performing Arts Center in Mayfield.

The Paducah Symphony is collecting empty inkjet and toner cartridges. The cartridges are recycled, and the proceeds benefit the symphony. Deliver empty cartridges to the Paducah Symphony Box Office at 201 Broadway in Paducah.

Visit wkms.org to find more regional news and events.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

June 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

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