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Merryspring holds Winter Wassail celebration Dec. 14

Nov 22, 2019
Pictured is the bonfire at Merryspring’s Winter Wassail 2018.

Camden — Merryspring Nature Center will host its annual Winter Wassail, a free community solstice celebration, Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 5 p.m., with a snow date set for Sunday, Dec. 15.

This free community celebration is open to all ages. Crackling fires will keep guests warm, where American chestnuts will be roasted and served by longtime volunteer Eric Evans. A host of children’s craft activities will be offered, including popular favorites pinecone bird feeders and winter crowns, among others. The Highland Mary Morris dance troupe will return, followed by a vocal performance of traditional and medieval carols by our resident Mill Street singers.

All throughout the day, hot wassail will be served. Wassail is a drink made of apple cider, served hot from a communal bowl and used in the tradition of wassailing. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the tradition of Wassailing is to celebrate a fruitful harvest of apples, as well as to ensure a bountiful new year. In addition to the fun and celebration, a selection of handmade wreaths and greenery will be for sale as a fundraiser for Merryspring.

Crafts, children’s activities, wassail and refreshments will take place between 2 and 5 p.m.; the Highland Mary Morris Dancers will perform at 2:30 p.m.; the Mill Street Singers can be heard at 3 p.m. and the lighting of Jätkänkynttilä will take place at 3:45 p.m.

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