Merryspring celebrates winter solstice with wassail Dec. 16

Dec 01, 2017
Fires will keep participants warm at Merryspring's Winter Wassail Dec. 16.

Camden — Everyone is invited to celebrate the winter solstice and ring in the holidays at Merryspring’s annual Winter Wassail Saturday, Dec. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. In case of bad weather, the Winter Wassail will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, at the same times.

This year’s Winter Wassail will feature many indoor and outdoor activities. There will be indoor crafts and games for children and the reading of a winter’s tale by Amy Hand. Outdoors, there will be a chestnut-roasting demonstration led by Eric Evans. As we light up the night with a traditional Finnish Jätkän kynttilä, or logger’s candle, singers led by Susan Shaw will fill the winter air with song and spirit to celebrate the solstice.

To keep everybody warm, campfires will burn all day, and plenty of hot wassail (and other refreshments) will be served.

Wassail (from the Old Norse "ves heil” and Old English “was hail” ) is a beverage of hot mulled cider. It is traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a medieval ritual intended to ensure a good apple cider harvest the following year. It is often associated with the yuletide celebration, with participants drinking from a large communal "wassailing" bowl.

For more information, contact or call 236-2239.

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