Macon County Times – 1,200 flock to Poppen’s Summer Solstice by Tilly Dillehay - Editor
For 37 years, Long Hungry Creek Farm has hosted a Summer Solstice celebration with a long musical lineup, camping, and food for three nights and two days. It’s capped off by an all night bonfire on the longest day of the year.
It began in 1976, led by Jeff Poppen, the organic farming cooperative and biodynamic farming expert known around these parts as The Barefoot Farmer. He and a group of friends celebrated the solstice that year with music and a singing circle around a big bonfire.
“It started out as a lot of us that moved here from other places,” said Poppen. “We found each other. And we were probably a little more liberal or progressive than a lot of what was going on at the time, in 70s. [We were] coming here trying to get away from the prevailing society with the wars and all. So it was kind of a gathering of these people who had moved here from other areas. And then over the years, a lot of influence spread to people in the area… and vice-versa.”
“We don’t do a lot of advertising,” said Poppen. “Just 37 years of word of mouth. A lot of the people are just old friends of mine or friends of friends. And a lot of children and grandchildren of friends. It’s really not like a Bonnaroo or anything.”
Performers on the electric stage this year included Emily Stewart and the Baby Teeth, the Tim Carroll Band, Playing on the Planet, Crazy Face (the music of Van Morrison, Darrell Scott, The Willies, Flea Market Hustlers, Kansas Bible Company, The Lost Sideshow (the music of The Doors) and The Long Players (music from Woodstock). Performers on the acoustic stage included Nathan Nelson, Joe McGuinness, Dave Roth, Susan Shann, and Bell’s Bend String Band.
RIP Crazy Owl