Zenith is a Burning Man-inspired, volunteer-run, participatory solstice celebration held in Vermont. Unlike traditional arts or music festivals, Zenith is a hybrid event that creates a positive community environment through art, music, & fire,while encompassing the 10 Principles.
Zenith arose from a backyard in Jericho, Vermont back in 2011, when Chris Cleary built and ignited Father Time as a birthday celebration. He was inspired to create burning art after being part of the crew on a large-scale art installation at Burning Man in 2009. Originally known as “The Cleary Burn”, these burns became Solstice events hosted by Chris and his wife Kim, with help from a committed band of artists, volunteers, & dreamers that make up their community of friends and burners.
The burns soon outgrew the Cleary’s backyard, and in 2014 the Winter Burn was moved offsite to a location tucked in the mountains. The sand pit of The Highlands proved an excellent landscape for fire, arts, and music. Sand dunes serve as nature’s amphitheater, while the woods above boast babbling brooks, shaded camping, and majestic views–the perfect mash up of the playa and Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Zenith returns to The Highlands each summer and will provide its community members with an outlet to express their art, creativity, and connection through communal efforts.