Winter Solstice Celebration
December 19 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
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, 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 to safely observe the solstice sun. After sunset, there will be opportunities to view the celestial features of the winter sky.
Vendors and specific details are to be announced.
The event is free but pre-registration is required. Attendance is limited. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed and signed waivers are required for registration.
For questions, email us at email@example.com. The entire event is outdoors, so dress accordingly.
Last year, this event was 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.
• Participants will sign in & complete a waiver/contact form (available HERE).
If you can, please print, sign and scan it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred), or print the form, fill it out and bring it along to the event.
• Social distancing must be practiced wherever possible.
• For everyone’s safety, face masks are required for this event.