Feast of the Setting Sun

A Solstice Dinner and Celebration

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Registration is now closed.

6 pm Solstice Feast Featuring Foods Native to the Americas; $15.00 per person

Presentations by Jarrod Burks, Archaeologist

Sponsored by the Arc of Appalachia & the Ohio Poetry Association

A day of Poetry Readings, Solstice Tours, Quiet Meditation, and Inspired Music 

$8.00 parking fee, Park closes at 10 pm


Feast of the Setting Sun:  

The Solstice Feast includes hearty Lima bean, turkey (optional) & mushroom stew; cornbread, cranberry-sunflower seeded fresh green salad, and pumpkin-pecan bars.


Saturday’s Solstice Schedule:  

The day incudes inspired poetry presented by members of the Ohio Poetry Association and music by two Ohio talents: Steve Free and John De Boer and the Miami Valley Flute Circle. Jarrod Burks, Archaeologist will be presenting Animal Motifs in Woodland Indian Arts.  Guided tours of Serpent Mound will be given throughout the day. 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. See Full Schedule for details.


Events Scheduled Friday through Sunday 

Guided hikes of Serpent Mound on Saturday at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm

For Children: Historic American Indian games, face-painting, and atlatl throwing

Direct Access to Privately-Sponsored Solstice Event on neighboring property: The Friends of Serpent Mound’s Summer Solstice Celebration: History, Mystery and Intrigue

Bring a blanket or folding chairs to sit upon 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.