Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 20, 2012

Outdoors group welcomes winter with music, s'mores


The Andover Townsman

---- — A Winter Solstice Celebration will be held by the Shawsheen River Watershed Association tomorrow, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m. to welcome the new season.

The third annual solstice celebration will take place at Serio’s Grove, Lowell Junction Road, Andover (go to the web site andovertrails.org for information and directions).

People interested in attending can park in the field by Serio’s Grove, and at 6:30 p.m., the group will take a short walk (less than 5 minutes) “through the lovely, dark, and deep woods on the darkest evening of the year,” according to organizers.

“At the pavilion we will have a short presentation on the astronomy, history, and folklore of the winter solstice.”

Entertainment will be provided by local musicians.

People are encouraged to “bring bells to ring as the Holly King Banner is retired and the Oak King Banner is raised to symbolize the time of lengthening days.”

There will be a campfire to roast marshmallows and S’mores.

People are asked to bring their own supplies and beverages, but no alcoholic drinks are allowed.

SRWA events are free and open to the general public.