CAMDEN — Merryspring Nature Center will host its annual Winter Wassail, a free community solstice celebration, on 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, free of charge.
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 pinecone birdfeeders and winter crowns, among others.
The Highland Mary Morris dance troupe will return, followed by a vocal performance of traditional and medieval carols by Merryspring 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, according to Merryspring, in a news release.
In addition to the fun and celebration, a selection of handmade wreaths and greenery will be for sale as a fundraiser for Merryspring.
2 – 5 p.m. – Crafts, children’s activities, wassail and refreshments
2:30 – Highland Mary Morris Dancers
3 p.m. – Mill Street Singers
3:45 – Lighting of Jätkänkynttilä
For more information, visit Merryspring’s website at www.merryspring.org.
This event is part of the Free Family Programs series at Merryspring.