Saturday Dec. 18, 2010, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Lowry Nature Center, in Victoria, MN you can celebrate the longest night of the year.
Reflect on the winters in your life, compose a poem, and create a “winter count buffalo hide” in the Native American tradition. Find your way along the blindfold blizzard walk, and make a snowflake catcher. Step into the spiral dance to live fiddle music, and sing ancient winter carols. Follow Old Man Winter to "tie down the sun" at the bonfire, ensuring the return of longer days. Enjoy cookies and wassail (cider), symbolizing the hope that summer will return. 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 in community can bring you new insights, a connection to ancient ritual and peace at the turning of the year.
Reservations required; call 763-559-6700 or register online at www.threeriversparks.org. $5/person, children under 2 free. Program #11130710