The Institute is hosting their first-ever Winter Solstice Celebration. The winter solstice is the longest night—or the shortest day—of the year, and falls on December 21 or 22 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, a hot chocolate station, live music, and fire-pit warming stations.
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 include Artesano Bake Goods, offering cookies, holiday snack mix and whoopie pies for purchase, handcrafted wool creations by Four Sons Farm, and The Native Niche, featuring bird food bundles, outdoor winter decorations, and natural “solstice crowns” of winter foliage for sale.
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.