Winter Solstice Sunrise Observation
December 21 @ 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Join us to celebrate the passing of the seasons from Autumn to Winter. Come acknowledge the Winter Solstice by watching the sunrise with us and seeing the alignment in the Great Stone Circle at Kinstone! This will be a quiet, meditative event with a short opening rite and reading to help us welcome Winter and send Autumn on its way with blessings. There will be refreshments in the Education Center afterwards. Please join us!
COST: Free, No Registration Required. Free will donations appreciated!
Date: Monday, December 21, 2020 Time: 7:00 am – 8:00am (Sunrise Gathering)
IMPORTANT: Meet in the Education Center! We will hold a short program indoors and then decide if we go out to the circle or not. Weather and snow conditions permitting, we will proceed together to the center of the Great Stone Circle. Given fair weather and clear skies, we will watch the sun as it crests the ridge and beams through the Chair Stones to light up anyone standing in the middle of the circle. Plan to stay and enjoy refreshments in the Education Center afterwards. Please join us! Note: Actual sunrise is at 7:38am and given the topography at Kinstone it will be closer to 7:50am when we may see the sun from the center of the circle.
This event is planned to be held indoors with a portion planned for outdoors. It will be held rain, snow or shine. Please note that we will not see the alignment if it is cloudy or if the horizon is obstructed by morning mist, fog, rain, snow or clouds. If it is raining or snowing, or if the snow on the ground is too deep for walking through, we will stay indoors.
Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear, boots, scarves, hats, extra layers and gloves! Expect it to be colder and windier than you think! Be prepared to walk some distance through snow to get to the circle!
Parking is limited – especially in winter. Please park in the small lot by the Education Center (Staff Parking area), park as closely to others as possible to make enough room for all. Note: we highly discourage parking along the road, however; if you absolutely must park along the road due to snow in our Staff and Visitor Parking areas, please make sure you put on your 4-way flashing lights while parked there for this short event.
Cancellation will occur in case of a major storm. Cancellations will ONLY be posted on THIS event page and on the corresponding Facebook event page at least 1 hour before the scheduled start time for this event.
[Interesting fact: The exact time of the astronomical Winter Solstice is Saturday, December 21, 2020 at 4:02am CST.]