Dr. Joshua Welch wanted to create an event to bring the community together that would also emphasize what he calls the healing powers of the basin.
Last year, Welch and a few other South Shore locals founded the inaugural Meyers Summer Solstice Celebration. The family-friendly event will return to the community this weekend to welcome the arrival of summer and celebrate the longest day of the year.
“Our main idea is to hold community building activities to get people out and walking around,” Welch, coordinator of the 2013 celebration, said. “The solstice for me is a time when you can experience the health factor of living in Tahoe ... We’re bringing the community to heal together and focus on what’s good.”
The event will include live music, booths with local healers and other community groups, face painting, craft vendors, local food and ice cream, art, yoga, a bounce house and a rock climbing wall.
About 300 people attended last year’s celebration, according to Welch. Event organizers printed the summer solstice celebration logo on mason jars, and offered drink specials in partnership with a handful of participating restaurants.
“We’re really a grass-roots movement. We’re not working with the chamber … The Meyers locals are really looking forward to it,” Welch said.
Welch, who runs Safe Haven Chiropractic in Meyers, emphasized the potential for renewal in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin. The solstice is “a time to reflect on the growth of the season,” an event press release stated.
“As a health care professional, I focus not on teaching people what’s wrong. When you focus on what’s right, your body will naturally be in that healing state,” Welch said. “I think many people come up to Lake Tahoe not realizing the healing lands can actually make them feel better.”
Groups across the world celebrated the longest day of the year Friday, including 15,000 yogis who rolled out their mats in Manhattan’s Times Square and 20,000 people who gathered at the Stonehenge monument according to an Associated Press report.