Winter Solstice at the Marsh June 21 2014 – By Debra Campbell
On Sunday morning, the Deans Marsh church sat enveloped by both the last wisps of smoke from the dying Solstice Bonfire and the fog mist and rain; not much remained of the fire-themed Longest Night Deans Marsh Winter Solstice.
O Saturday at twilight though a buzz of people are putting up lanterns on stalls and others tucking into nachos and chilli, as locals and visitors wander into the Winter Village at the Memorial Oval.
During the evening over 200 people watched the Bonfire erupt and flame, paraded with lit lanterns back to the Winter village, took part in the Drumming Circle workshop, admired the coloured tree bottles created by Dean Marsh PS kids with help from Donna and Veronica, watched Timboon local Jon Hayes’ huge metal Dragon roar and spit the fire in his belly, heard music from Tyler Lunn from Colac and Kate Wilson from Beeac, consumed all the School’s chocolate goodies in record time, and saw Bec and Belinda twirl their fire sticks.
All celebrated the longest darkest night in warmth, fun and flames – a splendid evening. Thanks from everyone to those at The Cottage especially Donna and Tahli and all those who helped for all their work, and to Renee and Tony for the photos.