Hundreds of people turned out at the Arrington Lagoon on the Evanston lakefront Wednesday evening to celebrate the summer solstice at an event sponsored by the city and Climate Action Evanston.

A few of the drummers who performed. Credit: Chuck Heisinger

The Chicago Full Moon Jam group of fire spinners performed at the second annual event along with a community-based group featuring dozens of drummers.

Watching the action. Credit: Chuck Heisinger

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. This event was completely annoying. It was very loud and happened right at bedtime for little ones. Hope they skip the drum circle if it is reprised.

  2. It was so nice to attend an outdoor public event – at night – where everyone was having such an enjoyable time. The Flame Throwers were very impressive, but equally cool was the Bongo Drum music played continuously, and I mean continuously, by so many talented drummers and percussionists. Add in several other musicians who joined playing guitar, flutes, bass, whatever and that completed the music scene, all without missing a beat. It was a great event!

  3. Hope ETown Mom also took her kiddies to the numerous EV daytime summer events. Enjoyed the evening music and fun people attending but I too did not have all my expectations met at Solstice music/dance–was hoping to meet another ‘man of my dreams’ dancing to bongos …but so many more events still pending!

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