Winter Solstice Celebration, The Institute

Winter Solstice Celebration, The Institute

Sunday December 19th, 2021 * 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Red Run Park
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 to safely observe the solstice sun.
After sunset, there will be opportunities to view the celestial features of the winter sky.
Shop with our Vendors:
Artesano Bake Goods: cookies, holiday snack mix and whoopie pies
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.
Star Party—Telescope Viewing of the Night Sky

Star Party—Telescope Viewing of the Night Sky

Monday March 7th * 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Area residents are invited to a “star party,” a telescope viewing of the night sky at Pine Hill Recreation Area near Waynesboro.
The event, a partnership between The Institute and Tri-State Astronomers (TSA), is free and open to the public.
Telescopes will be set up in the park, and members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand to guide viewers and answer questions.
Event coordinator and TSA member, Andy Smetzer said, “One of the goals of our group is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope.
It’s also a good chance for someone thinking of buying a telescope to try one out and ask questions.”
“During the star party, we will be observing various nebula and star clusters of the winter night sky,” Smetzer said.
For more information on the night skies, Smetzer suggests these websites: www.tristateastronomers.org and www.spaceweather.com.
Viewers may come and go anytime during the event.
Those attending may bring their own telescope and binoculars, as well as lawn chairs or blankets.
Flashlights are not permitted in the telescope viewing area but may be used to reach the area from the parking lot.
Free –  Presented by The Institute
(Cloud date TBA if needed—check website if cloudy)
 
Winter Solstice Celebration Free

Winter Solstice Celebration Free

The Institute is hosting their first-ever Winter Solstice Celebration, December 20th * 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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.
To register, Click Here