Thousands celebrate Summer Solstice soireeUpdated with video
Rockland — People gathered in downtown Rockland June 21 for the Annual Summer Solstice Celebration, enjoying good food, live bands, and activities including the traditional Whoopie Pie-Eating Contest and an audience-pleasing flash mob dance.
The event, produced by Rockland Main Street, Inc., and sponsored by Camden National Bank, closed Main Street to traffic for four hours so that families, friends --many of them the four-legged variety -- and all gathered could enjoy a sunny afternoon during the first day of summer.
Rockland Main Street Inc. Executive Director Gordon Page Sr. said he was appreciative of all vendors and merchants involved in Summer Solstice, as well as more than 20 volunteers who make the event happen. He emphasized that it was smoke-free this year.
Page gave a special thanks to volunteers Karyn Rizzo and Deena Carafelli, whom he said handled the event's advance planning.
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Larry Di Giovanni, a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, is returning to his daily reporting roots in order to cover the city of Rockland for The Courier-Gazette. Originally from Athens, Ohio, his family includes one son, Tony.
Di Giovanni has covered news beats ranging from the city of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to the largest tribal government in the United States — the Navajo Nation. He has also worked as a writer in the public education and higher education fields. He's an animal enthusiast and loves dogs.
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