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Winter Solstice Celebration
December 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FREE and open to the public!
The Institute is hosting their third annual Winter Solstice Celebration.
The winter solstice is the longest night—or shortest day—of the year, and typically falls around December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere. After the solstice, the days get gradually longer. Since ancient times, people all over the world have recognized this astronomical occurrence and celebrated the “return of the sun” in a variety of ways.
“This year, we are having our celebration on the very day of the solstice, December 21, so we can all experience ‘the shortest day’ together,” said Jessica Watson, Institute assistant director and event organizer.
The solstice event is a family-friendly celebration of the season. New this year is Stories by the Fire, with former WASD educator Bobbi Blubaugh, who will read “The Longest Night” by Marion Dane Bauer.
Other activities for kids include making garlands of popcorn, berries and edible ornaments for animals, and a winter-related craft.
Fire pit stations and free hot chocolate will provide warmth.
Members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand with telescopes to view the celestial features of the winter sky.
Vendors include The Boro Baking Co., offering cookies and holiday snacks for purchase, Four Sons Farm with handcrafted wool creations, The Native Niche, featuring bird food bundles, outdoor winter decorations, and natural “solstice crowns” of winter foliage for sale, and local artist, Christine Lehman.
In addition, the Institute will have a display about their new nature center.
For questions, email us at [email protected]. The entire event is outdoors, so dress accordingly.
Last year’s event was supported by lead sponsor, Steel Warehouse.
Additional support by The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; Alma W. Oyer; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.