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Winter Solstice Celebration at the Institute

December 18, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Institute will host their third annual Winter Solstice Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Red Run Park in Rouzerville, Pa. The event is free and open to the public. 


The winter solstice is the longest night—or the shortest day—of the year, and typically falls around December 21 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).


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.


The entire event is outdoors, so attendees should dress accordingly.


For more information, email The Institute at: info@natureandcultureinstitute.org.


December 18, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Institute

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