Friday, December 18, 2009

Winter Solstice Sunset Celebration

Posted by Kirk Mona

Looking for something fun to do in the Twin Cities Saturday night?

Dec. 19, from 3:00-5:30 p.m., the Lowry Nature Center  is having their Winter Solstice Celebration
The fee is $5 and the event is for ages 5 and up. Reservations are required.  Call 763-559-6700 or on register online.

Here's their description of the event:
Celebrate the longest night of the year, and discover the cultural history of the Winter Solstice. Savor a peaceful walk with the Solstice Quest to reflect on the passing year. Meet a creature of the night, a live barred owl, create an owl mask and silver spider web, and listen to a solstice story. Then follow Old Man Winter to "tie down the sun" at the bonfire. Sing ancient winter carols and enjoy cookies and wassail (cider), symbolizing the hope that summer will return. Reservations required.

Winter Solstice is the day the sun seems to stand still; after this, the days begin to lengthen. Mark the turning of the year through ceremony and songs celebrating the darkness and return of light. This celebration can bring you new insights, a connection to ancient ritual and peace at the Winter Solstice.

~Kirk

(photo credit: Glide)

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