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Winter Solstice Celebration

December 19, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Institute is hosting their second annual Winter Solstice Celebration. The winter solstice is the longest night—or the shortest day—of the year, and falls on December 21 this year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Since ancient times, people all over the world have recognized this important astronomical occurrence and celebrated the “return of the sun” in a variety of ways. After the solstice, the days get gradually longer. 

The Institute’s solstice event is a family-friendly celebration of the season, and features winter folktale storyteller Bruce Rowland (at 4:30), hands-on solstice activities for children including making garlands of popcorn and berries and edible ornaments for animals, live music, fire-pit warming stations, and hot chocolate stations (hot chocolate courtesy of Martin’s Foods of Waynesboro).

Members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand with telescopes for opportunities to view the celestial features of the winter sky.

Shop with our Vendors:
The Boro Baking Co.: cookies, and holiday goodies
Four Sons Farm: handcrafted wool creations
The Native Niche: bird food bundles, outdoor winter decorations, and natural “solstice crowns” of winter foliage

The event is free!

For questions, email us at info@natureandcultureinstitute.org. The entire event is outdoors, so dress accordingly.

This event is supported by lead sponsor, Steel Warehouse, and by The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.

• Social distancing must be practiced wherever possible. 

Lead sponsor is Steel Warehouse.


December 19, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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