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Saturday, June 18, 2016
The summer solstice celebration at Serpent Mound is an opportunity to anchor our personal connection to the peoples of our past, and the infinity and majesty of our ever mysterious universe. Enjoy a day of poetry readings, music, presentations, guided tours, a picnic dinner and a sunset watch along the Serpent.
Gallery Showing on June 26 with other events throughout June
June is ART in the SANCTUARY month! For three weeks each year the Sanctuary is graced with the presence of five Plein Air artists who will be staying in our lodges and creating paintings that are inspired by the scenery of the Rocky Fork Gorge and other Arc preserves. Artists will be presenting several public programs during their stay and offering visitors opportunities to watch them at work. The culminating event for the month is a gala showcase and sale of all the paintings produced by the artists over the previous three week period.
At 2200 acres, the Sanctuary is the largest of the Arc’s preserves, and offers its most beautiful hiking trails. At the preserve’s heart is the sheer-walled limestone gorge of the Rocky Fork in a region filled with rock formations, springs, and grottos. The preserve offers overnight lodging and the Appalachian Forest Museum (seasonal hours).
The winding sinews stretching 1,348 feet, Serpent Mound is the largest and most internationally recognized of all the world’s ancient effigy mounds. The exact identity of the American Indians who constructed the mound is still a mystery, but their accomplishment still elicits a feeling of humility and awe in visitors today.
Fort Hill not only protects a 2000 year old large earthen-walled ceremonial enclosure on its flat ridgetop, but the 1400 acre preserve shelters one of the finest and oldest forests in Ohio. Eleven miles of trails immerse hikers in the beauty of Ohio’s Appalachian hill-country, the remote trails shaded by towering trees. Interpretive Museum open seasonal hours.