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If Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is any indication, the summer solstice is an opportunity for—among many things—a little magic. On June 14, Storm King Art Center, the Hudson Valley’s renowned sculpture park, honors the tradition with its own version of an evening romp in the forest: the third annual Summer Solstice Celebration.

Set to coincide roughly with the longest day of the year (June 21) and the full moon (June 13), the dinner event hosts guests on the museum’s sprawling, 500-acre grounds. In addition to private access to the park’s impressive collection—massive works by the likes of Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg and Richard Serra pepper the landscape—revelers have the chance to watch the sun set and the moon rise over the nearby mountains during the course of the evening.

In honor of the park’s newest exhibit, “Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition” (through November 9), the foraged and farm-fresh menu—designed for the third time by Peter Hoffman of Back Forty and Shelley Boris of Fresh Company—will feature dishes inspired by Huan’s sculptures made of incense ash.

“Working with an artist who understands both the transience and the captivating power of fire is right up a cook’s alley,” Hoffman says. “Without fire we don't have civilization, without ash there is no evidence. I want to taste the process, the transformation.”

Needless to say, the Bard would approve. Tickets start at $150; 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; 1 Museum Rd.; 854-534-3115;


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