Communities around New Hampshire's Franconia Notch are holding their 21st annual Celebration of Lupines. Though the festival focuses on the spiky purple wildflowers that grow in abundance across the region, flowers are just part of the event, which takes place throughout the month of June. This weekend incudes an open-air market in Sugar Hill. There will be more than 50 vendors and booth displays featuring local crafters, artisans, nonprofit groups and small businesses. Free concerts will be performed each afternoon, and there will be free workshops and seminars on various topics, including local history and photography.
Every year, a small fleet of house- boats, yachts, and make-shift floating homes anchor together off the California coast for the Ephemerisle festival…it’s billed as a “floating celebration of community, learning, art, and seasteading.” The concept came from the Seasteading Institute, a non-profit founded by a pair of highly placed tech entrepreneurs who are also outspoken libertarians. Seasteading supports the creation of floating city-states where people can experiment with self-governance and escape the rules and conventions of dry land. Atossa Abrahamian is a Brooklyn-based journalist and editor of “The New Inquiry.” She wrote about her visit to Ephemerisle for N+1 magazine.