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Dark Sky Gathering

September 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - September 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Dark Sky Festival

PLAYA is hosting the first annual Dark Sky Gathering in the Oregon Outback!

PLAYA staff are joining forces with experts in dark-sky gazing to host PLAYA’s first official Dark Sky Gathering September 27 – 29, 2019. We’ll explore Oregon’s fall constellations, principles of astrophotography, the Milky Way, the deep silence of night on the playa, and other wonderful aspects of life in the sparsely populated Oregon Outback.

We had such an overwhelming response to this event that we have partnered with the Summer Lake Hot Springs to offer more space. The weekend includes two nights in a private cabin at  Summer Lake Hot Springs, with full in-cabin kitchens for preparing your own breakfasts and lunches. Light dinner fare will be served at Playa Saturday evening for all Dark Sky guests staying at either location.

We will move programming inside if the weather is severe.



  • 4:00 – 5:45 pm | Dinner on Your Own
  • 6:00 pm | Talk about Bats with biologist Mary Jo Hedrick – Please Meet in the Commons Building (large central building at PLAYA)
  • 6:30 pm | Bat Viewing on the Docks (Bring Your Own Beverage)
  • 7:15 pm | Poetry by Eleanor Berry with Musical Interludes by Paul Bennett 
  • 8:00 pm | Perry Chocktoot – The Klamath Tribes | Culture and Heritage Director 
  • Late Night | Star Party with Telescopes – on the Playa or East Lawn


  • Noon – 2:30 pm | Astrophotography Show in Avocet and/or Sandhill Studios – (It’s the shop looking building on North End of PLAYA Property)
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm | Richard Berry Astrophotography – Sky Photography with Ordinary Cameras – in the Commons
  • 6:00 pm | Light Dinner Fare in Commons
  • Sunset | Group Photo on East Lawn
  • 7:30 – 10:00 pm | Star Lore with Story Teller with Mary Stewart Adams – in the Commons
  • Late Night | Star Party with Telescopes
  • Late Night | Tea, Coffee, Cider, and Snacks in Commons


  • 11:00 am – Check Out

Cancellation Policy

If you need to make a registration cancellation, please call 541.943.3983 or email trina@playasummerlake.org.
–  Canceling a registration 30+ days prior to workshop = 100% refund less a $50 administrative fee
–  Canceling a registration 14-30 days before workshop = 50% refund less a $50 administrative fee
– There is no refund for registration cancelations made less than 14 days before the first day of the workshop.
– Refunds will be issued by check or PayPal
– PLAYA may cancel a workshop 14 days before the start date if enrollment is too low or if requested by the instructor. We will notify you, and you will receive a 100% refund.


September 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
September 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am