Friday, December 20, 2013

Winter Solstice Celebration at Birdsong

GalangalCredit: Birdsong Website

Saturday, December 21
5:00PM - 10:00 PM
Cost: $8 adults, $5 children

Join us to light the bonfire in honor of the Winter Solstice and celebrate the memory of our co-founders Betty and Ed Komarek.

Our schedule for the evening:

4pm to 5pm - Arrive early, bring your own hot or cold drinks, a picnic supper, lawn chairs or blanket, and settle in to enjoy the evening. (Please see note below.)

5pm - Listen to the music and angelic voice of Velma Frye.

5:45pm - Welcome and lighting of the bonfire, accompanied by Bradley White and friends on their didgeridoos.

Once the bonfire is going strong, we will “throw the bamboo”. Each person will be given a bamboo stick to throw in the fire where it will explode and create good intentions for the coming year.

Around 6:30pm - We will walk out to the Star Pasture for a guided observation of the night sky on the actual day of the Winter Solstice. Dress for the weather, bring a blanket to lie on to observe the stars, and bring your binoculars or scope for viewing and a flashlight.

Rest of the evening: Contemplate the Universe with your family and friends, warm up around the bonfire, and enjoy more didgeridoo music.

It is our hope that this evening will give you a moment to connect with nature, to be with your friends, to consider what really matters to you at this time of year, and experience some peace and quiet under the night sky before heading back to a busy holiday season.

Please R.S.V.P. and leave your email address or phone number, so that in case of rain we can contact you. This is an all-outdoor event. At this time of year there is always a chance of rain, so please pay attention to the weather and call before you come if you have questions. If it rains several days in advance it can soak the ground and the bonfire, which won’t have time to dry out.

Dress for the weather and remember to bring: drinks, a picnic supper (no food will be available), blanket, lawn chairs, flashlight, and binoculars.

Contact us at:, 1-800-953-BIRD(2473), or 1-229-377-4408.

* Please note: Traditionally we have prepared a meal and hot drinks for the Winter Solstice event, which were included in the cost. To simplify this event and make it easier on our volunteers at this busy time of year, we will forego including a meal and drinks, and invite you to bring your own refreshments and a picnic supper. The rest of the event will remain the same as past years, and the price cut in half - now $8 adults, $5 children. 

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