In Ireland they mark the summer solstice by celebrating a Day of Private Reflection. It is, after all, the longest day of the year if you’re counting hours of sunlight. Of course, if you’re a nocturnal creature, then it’s the shortest day of the year. But that’s beside the point. In these parts, we celebrate the solstice of summer in a number of ways, including a wine festival that was initiated ten years ago at Lazy Days Winery (1351 Amherst Hwy.). This year’s fest takes place two days after the actual solstice, on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’ll features two stages for music performances by local acts like Apple Butter Soul, Bo-Zac, and GypsyTown. There will also be food, crafts, belly dancers, and a petting zoo, as well as lots and lots of local wine from Lazy Days Winery, Peaks of Otter Winery, Rebec Vineyards, Castle Glen Estates Winery, DelFosse Vineyards, DeVault Vineyards, Mountain Cove Vineyards, and Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. Tasting tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, and admission is free for kids 12 and under. Click  here  for tickets and more info, or call Lazy Days at (434)381-6088.

In Ireland they mark the summer solstice by celebrating a Day of Private Reflection. It is, after all, the longest day of the year if you’re counting hours of sunlight. Of course, if you’re a nocturnal creature, then it’s the shortest day of the year. But that’s beside the point. In these parts, we celebrate the solstice of summer in a number of ways, including a wine festival that was initiated ten years ago at Lazy Days Winery (1351 Amherst Hwy.). This year’s fest takes place two days after the actual solstice, on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’ll features two stages for music performances by local acts like Apple Butter Soul, Bo-Zac, and GypsyTown. There will also be food, crafts, belly dancers, and a petting zoo, as well as lots and lots of local wine from Lazy Days Winery, Peaks of Otter Winery, Rebec Vineyards, Castle Glen Estates Winery, DelFosse Vineyards, DeVault Vineyards, Mountain Cove Vineyards, and Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. Tasting tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, and admission is free for kids 12 and under. Click here for tickets and more info, or call Lazy Days at (434)381-6088.