Feast of the Setting Sun
A Solstice Dinner and Celebration
Saturday, June 17, 2017
6 pm Solstice Feast; $15 per person – Tickets
Presentation by Jarrod Burks, Archaeologist
Sponsored by the Arc of Appalachia
$8.00 parking fee, Park closes at 10 pm
Feast of the Setting Sun:
The Solstice Feast is catered by Ridge Top BBQ and includes macaroni and cheese, green beans, baked beans (vegetarian), and smoked chicken with barbecue sauce. Registration is now closed for the feast.
Saturday’s Solstice Schedule:
The event begins with a presentation by Jarrod Burks, Archaeologist.
Archaeologists love a good mystery story, and the Serpent is one of the best in Ohio! Join us as Dr. Jarrod Burks shares his recent efforts to reveal the hidden mysteries of Serpent Mound and the surrounding park. Jarrod will discuss the new results of recent magnetic, radar, and drone-based topographic mapping conducted by Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. on behalf of the Ohio History Connection.
After Jarrod’s talk, the feast will begin! It will be followed by a guided hike and music by Steve Free.
The day’s events will end with an hour of silence around the coils of the Serpent. During this contemplative time, you can watch the setting sun slowly descend toward the horizon directly in front of the great Serpent’s eternal, watchful gaze – just as the solstice sun has aligned to the mound since it was constructed one thousand or more years ago. At the exact moment of sunset, torches will be lit on the perimeter of the mound as well as in the eye of the Serpent. The flames will be extinguished when the park closes at 10 pm.
Bring a blanket or folding chairs for dinner and to watch the setting sun.
Through the Eyes of the Ancients
In many ancient cultures around the world, people sought to align their daily earthly lives with the grand impersonal rhythms of the cosmos, as revealed in the night sky. The two celestial events that most closely align with the earth’s seasonal cycles are the summer solstice and the winter solstice – the summer solstice being the time of the year when the cold has the least power over our lives, and light reigns over darkness. Our universe has lost neither scale nor grandeur during the years of scientific inquiry that now separate us from the Serpent’s original architects. 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.