Wilmington Residents Invited To Winter Solstice Celebration With Shawsheen River Watershed Association

ANDOVER, MA — Celebrate the Winter Solstice with the Shawsheen River Watershed Association!

The Shawsheen River Watershed Association will host its annual outdoor event on Friday, December 22, 2017, from 7pm to 9pm.

The Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon and unique among days of the year-the time of the longest night and the shortest day. From this turning point, the nights grow shorter and the days grow longer. In cultural terms this special moment has impacted the sowing of crops, mating of animals and handling of harvest reserves. It was an important part of indigenous cultures such as the Native Americans that lived in this area known as Shawshin and has been celebrated by northern Europeans as Yule.

There will be a short presentation by Bob Rauseo, longtime member of SRWA and expert on the astronomy, history and folklore of the Winter Solstice. Bring bells to ring as the Holly King banner is retired and the Oak King banner is raised. There will be a campfire to roast marshmallows and s’mores. Bring your own food and beverages. Alcoholic drinks are NOT ALLOWED.

Meet at the Town of Andover, Serio’s Grove Reservation, at 53 Lowell Junction Road. Park in the field and at 7pm, participants  will take a short walk through the deep and dark woods to the pavilion. SRWA events are FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, and FAMILY-FRIENDLY.

For directions, and possible change of venue or cancellation due to weather conditions, go to the Shawsheen River Watershed Association’s Facebook Page or website.  If you have further questions, contact Bob Otter at bob_otter[at]comcast.net.

(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Shawsheen River Watershed Association.)

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