The longest nights of the year are upon us, but there are plenty of events to light up your week:
Solstice Sing Celebration
Birdhouse Center for the Arts – 7 North Main St, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Saturday, December 17, 2016 3pm to 9pm
- 3-5pm Outdoor Morris Dancing!
- 5-7pm French Music Jam!
- 7-9pm Solstice Sing!!
Celebrate the first day of winter at the Birdhouse Center for the Arts. For everyone and anyone who loves to sing. Co-founders Bronwyn Bird and Justin Nawn lead an evening of carols, sea chanteys, pub songs, rousing gospel tunes, and old favorites. Bring your favorite songbooks, instruments, drinks/food and friends for a cozy evening of community celebration. Refreshments provided but we welcome additional snacks and beverages! Tickets: $5 individual or $20 whole family. Seating is first come first served.
Winter Solstice Hike
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope, PA 18938
December 21, 2016 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Instead of hunkering down and bemoaning the longest night of the year — also known as the winter solstice — celebrate with a stroll through the Preserve with Education Coordinator Kelly Joslin. We’ll celebrate the joys of winter with a walk on the trails at a time when the sun is lowest in the sky and we experience the shortest days of the year. We’ll conclude in the Visitor Center with hot drinks and cookies. Price: Members $5; Non-members $7
Winter Solstice Celebration
Yoga Loka, 7 Kingwood Ave. Frenchtown, NJ 08825
December 21, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
An evening of candlelit asana, meditation, deep relaxation, hot tea and lovely goodies. Appropriate for all levels. Reservations are required, space is limited. $25
Winter Solstice Candle Lit Walk
Mad Lavender Farm 452 County Road 579 Milford, NJ 08848
December 23, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Yule is the night of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. The Sun returns, born from the dark and nourishing womb of the Great Goddess. On this night we kindle the light of hope, for light is returning and with it, new life.
Join us at 6pm for a candle lit walk into the Lavender Labyrinth followed by a chant around the fire in the cauldron (weather permitting!).
We will then gather inside at the hearth to cast a magical circle. Everyone will have a turn at casting a circle. We will then invoke the Guardians of the Four Directions to bless our sacred space. Even if you have no previous experience, no worries: guidance will be provided.
Please bring a vegetarian snack to share. Simple is good. Homemade kombucha and hot spiced cider will be served. Dress warmly to walk the labyrinth.