Chadwick Arboretum's Virtual Winter Solstice Program

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Grab your hot cocoa, roast some chestnuts, and join us in Chadwick Arboretum for this virtual presentation.  Since Covid 19 has forced us to virtual programming, and the solstice will be soon, and the Solstice Walk is a popular evening event, we are changing it up a little to allow more people the opportunity to learn about the solstice, stars, and the labyrinth at Chadwick Arboretum.  At the end of the evening's program, you will be invited to a special "virtual" walk of the labyrinth.


We begin the program with Associate Professor of Astronomy Jennifer Johnson presenting When Wanderers Meet: The Great Jupiter-Saturn Connection.  Occasionally, the planets do align. On December 21, 2020, the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn will bring them close together in the constellation of Capricorn, their closest approach in our sky since 1623.  Jennifer will talk about the motions of the planets in our solar system, how we see them on the Earth, and why we sometimes get lucky enough to have two beautiful planets together.


Following Jennifer, Jim Chatfield, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Horticulture will discuss Labyrinths, Solstices, and Phenology, Oh My!  Dan Herms PhD,  Former Professor and Department of Entomology Chair; currently the Vice President of Research and Development for The Davey Tree Expert Company will also join him to discuss the phenology connection.  From Chartres to Chadwick, from Equinox to Solstice, to the phenological link of biology and environment, the “everlasting vision of the ever-changing view” is of great import to lovers of plants and the nurture and enjoyment of nature. Let’s chat! This won’t be complete without an appearance of Dan Herms speaking to the Phenology and Solstice Pavilion at Chadwick’s Secrest sisteretum at OSU-Wooster.


The event is free and open to all who love to learn.  Since we normally provide hot cocoa and roasted chestnuts, but can't this year, we invite you to grab some chestnuts and oven-roast them and enjoy with your cup of cocoa during the presentation.  Find a recipe to oven-roast chestnuts here:  Click here


You must register in order to receive the link to join on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Virtual doors will open around 6:50.  Please join us!  Register here


Some of this content was authored by Julia Wilson.