Boyce Thompson Arboretum celebrates the longest day of the year Arizona style with a day dedicated to our state’s venomous nemesis — the scorpion.
Festivities start at 3 p.m. and stretch into the night, so there’s plenty of time to join in on BTA’s annual Summer Solstice fun.
• 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet-the-Artist Reception: Chat with Florence photographer Roger Degler as he celebrates the opening of his June-July exhibit in BTA’s art gallery.
• 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Scorpion Lectures: Mesa photographer and scorpion enthusiast Dave Oberpriller shares curious scorpion factoids (Did you know scorpions give live birth?), and shares photos of the creepy creatures. This lecture was so popular last year that BTA is splitting the lecture into two sessions. If your last name begins with A-L, plan on attending the 3 p.m. lecture; those with names starting with M-Z should attend the 4:30 p.m. session.
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live music with Silverback: Pack a picnic and enjoy a performance from guitarist Eric Laubach, percussionist John Mahoney and Native American flute player and storyteller Loren Russell. Tables will be set up for al fresco, bring-your-own picnic dinner. A local hot dog cart will be on site selling hot dogs, chips and soda. Attendees can also pre-order an Asian beef noodle salad, Chinese chicken salad or Thai chicken salad from Jade Grill in Superior. Call (520) 689-2885 to place an order and have a meal waiting for you Saturday evening at the arboretum.
• 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Black Light Scorpion Walk: Join Dave Oberpriller on a guided scorpion hunt, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture the critters’ greenish-yellow fluorescence on camera.
If you go
What: Summer Solstice Scorpion Walk and Live Music
When: 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21
Where: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 E. US Highway 60, Superior
Cost: $10; includes admission to the garden
Information: (520) 689-2723 or cals.arizona.edu/bta/