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Summer Solstice activities around Boston

June 17, 2014

Summer Solstice is a celebration of the longest day and shortest night of the year. It has been observed in cultures around the world for centuries, and is still the catalyst for events held on the first official day of summer. There are plenty of activities available for residents of Massachusetts retirement communities on this year's Summer Solstice, June 21.

Dinner and a show
For those seniors that reveled in new episodes of Dick Clark's American Bandstand, consider this Summer Solstice concert that puts a twist on classic songs from 1970s British rock. The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra incorporates 10 vocalists into a performance that includes songs from artists such as Queen, The Who, The Beatles, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin. The show starts at 8 p.m. in Arlington's Regent Theatre. Tickets cost $25.

Outdoor celebration for active seniors
If you're comfortable walking about 2 miles, look into "In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey." It's a story-driven and musical journey through the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. Storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain will lead the group starting at the Hunnewell Building around the birches on Bussey Hill while the sun sets. Listen to tree myths including "The Wild Woman of Birch Grove." Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a cushion or blanket to sit on if you wish. Tickets are $20 and the event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Night at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
Head to Harvard Square for an evening  touring the Ivy League school's museums. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests are welcome to enjoy the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at no charge. There will be telescope viewings and music, compliments of Make Music Harvard Square.

South End Garden Tour
Each year, a different area of Boston's South End is the site of a self-guided garden tour. This summer, you can see the land bordered by Tremont Street., Northhampton Street, West Newtown Street, and the Southwest Corridor. The tour begins at the South End branch of the Boston Public Library. Viewing is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the event will take place rain or shine. Local artists will be stationed in various gardens painting works that can be purchased at the end of the day. Tickets cost $25.