Enjoy the shortest day of the year at this mid-winter fete.
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Officially the first day of winter, the winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night. It occurs when one of the Earth’s poles is at its maximum tilt away from the Sun. The days will get progressively longer until the longest day of the year at the summer solstice in June. The winter solstice has long been celebrated by many peoples around the world as the beginning of the return of the sun and light.
Celebrate the allure the shortest day of the year with us! A ceremonial lighting ceremony, mystical musical entertainment set the stage for this magical evening. The night begins with a glass of sparkling wine and light hors-d’oeuvres included with the ticket. Both the House and Garden will be open for this special night. Additional wine, beer, and coffee are available for purchase.
Returning by popular demand, Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble will delight guests with their hauntingly beautiful repertoire of traditional songs from the Balkans, Caucasus and Slavic lands, as well as new material composed for the group drawing on those traditional vocal practices.
Fire & Release Ceremony
5:15pm, 6pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm
Kitka Vocal Ensemble
Pick up your timed performance pass
at the Visitor Center upon check-in
Andytown Coffee Bar
Dining Room Terrace
Terrace Bar featuring beer, wine,
hard cider, and mulled wine
5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm
Candle Lighting Ceremony
Live Harpist Erica Messer
The Clock Tower Shop and Holiday Lights
will be open all evening from 5pm-8pm
Photos courtesy of Tomas Pacha