ELLSWORTH – Today is the winter solstice, marking the first official day of winter and the day with the longest hours of darkness. For the tenth year in a row, one Ellsworth business celebrated with a fire gathering.
On a day with temperatures hovering below the freezing mark, people in Ellsworth were staying warm in a special way.
“At this time of the year people like to gather around the fire to connect with each other and we thought, what a nice way of bringing people to our fire, which is a creative process,” said Atlantic Art Glass Owner Linda Perrin.
The fire gathering at Atlantic Art Glass started a decade ago. In the beginning it was just a small get together of artists practicing their work and enjoying each other’s company.
“As more and more of the public started coming we realized that there was an opportunity for other artists to show and sell their work and demonstrate their work,” said Perrin.
She added that over 20 artists were in attendance this year, with the main attraction being glass blowing.
“It’s so much fun,” said Perrin. “It’s a really ancient tradition and to bring that to the community, you know we have glass everywhere. There’s windows, salt shakers, there’s just glass everywhere. So for people to actually come and see molten glass moving on the end of our blow pipe, especially kids, it’s just mind blowing”
For those who come every year the event is something of a tradition.
Every year it gets a little bit bigger, and just more folks come through and we’ve brought family here each year to the gathering and always see people that I know and it’s just a really warm, community, familial feeling,” said MDI resident and educator Jasmine Smith.
The day’s demonstrations were followed by live music and drinks at Fogtown Brewing Company, located right below Atlantic Art Glass.
For more information on Ellsworth’s community art scene you can visit artsworth.org.