Yule and Winter Solstice

The Longest Night & Sun’s Return

A Solstice Celebration: Barding, Gift Giving, Holiday Wassail, Seasonal Fun and an Extravagant Yuletide Dinner!
Friday, December 21st - Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

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Even though it's dark and cold there is always a shade of light.

Angela Bernabe

 

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The Wheel has turned; Harvest has ended and frost covers the land. The days are short, the nights long and cold. We yearn for the long, warm days of summer, for the green grass and the scent of flowers on the breeze; we yearn for the sun’s return…

Prepare with us for the Long Night; Celebrate with us the rebirth of the Sun; Share with us the works of your Hands, Heart and Spirit. Exchange with us Gifts of Love and Laughter, and Remember with us that the Wheel does turn, and soon the Sun’s light will once again warm our faces. Come and celebrate the return of the Light in the heart of Darkness.

For many, many years we have scheduled Yule here at Four Quarters well in advance of the actual celestial solstice, sometimes as much as two weeks in advance. But this year is different. The actual winter Solstice falls at 5:23PM Friday the 21st of December. And the Full Moon falls at 12:49 on the 22nd. And a cold, clear Full Moon it will be, according to our secret sources. So, for the first time in many years, Yule will fall on the Solstice, with a Full, fecund Moon.

Join us for this unique alignment of all that is grand, great, crystal clear and impossibly bright. A time of reflection to draw tight around a blazing fire, snug and warm as the woods and fields lie sleeping. Meat and drink from the Land, stories told in a whisper, and a midnight hay ride to discover just how many stars float above us.

 

2018 Draft Schedule 

Friday, December 21

12 - 7 pm: Gathering Time – Church Office and Loft
Share a Cup of Welcome and catch up with Friends, Old and New. 

4:30 pm: Winter Solstice Sunset – Labyrinth
Join us as we observe the setting of the Sun on one of the Longest Nights of the Year. 

7:30 pm: Opening Ritual: The Light in the Darkness – Stone Circle
We will gather together to acknowledge the role Darkness has in the world, and will focus on encouraging the return of Light into our Lives.

~ 9 pm: Bardic Story and Song Time – Loft
A time to share Tales and Songs of the Winter Holiday Season. Bring your favorite stories and songs!

11 pm: Loft Quiet Time

Freeform Chat and Chill continues in the Office

 

Saturday, December 22

7:15 am: Winter Solstice Sunrise – Labyrinth
Join us as we welcome the Return of the Sun after one of the Longest Nights of the Year! Share hot beverages and warm goodies with each other to celebrate the return of light and warmth. 

9 am: Potluck Breakfast – Loft
Share Goodies with each other as we welcome the start of the day. Please bring store-bought wrapped food and snacks to share.

10 am: Holiday Crafts – Office
Join us to make holiday crafts for yourself or to share!

12 pm: The "Funny Holiday Outfit" Celebration and Parade – Office and Office Plaza
Dress up in your funniest holiday outfit...an 'Ugly Sweater' is not necessary!  A prize will be awarded to the funniest outfit.

2 pm: Wassail Procession Around the Land – Main and New Camps
Join us as we take a Hay Ride and Bless the Land's Sacred Spaces with a Wassail toast to the Health of the Land and the Tribe!

5 pm: Yule Ritual – Stone Circle

At this time of the greatest Dark, we must help the Light to return

~ 6 pm: The FEAST! – Kitchen and the Office
Enjoy the Fruits of Nature and the Labor of our fellow Tribemates...and be sure to Give Thanks!

7:30 pm: The Gift Giving Exchange – Loft
Give a Gift to another; receive a Gift from someone. And of course, there is a catch...

9:30 pm: Favorite Holiday Movie Time - Office

Watch your favorite holiday movie while hanging out with your friends…popcorn is optional.

10:30 pm: Quiet Time in the Loft

Freeform Chat and Chill continues in the Office

Midnight: Stargazing Hayride

Come with us to view the Solstice Full Moon and starry sky!

 

Sunday, December 23
9 am: Potluck Breakfast Leftovers

10 am: Thanks and Farewells!
Wish each other a Happy Holiday Season, and Safe Travels!

(Note: all times are approximate and subject to change. Please check back here often, and during Yule check the info boards in the Office and Loft for updates.)

 

Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to bring a small wrapped gift (~$10) to share in the Gift-Giving exchange—Regifting is welcome!

We are seeking volunteers to help in a variety of roles, big and small; if you have ever been interested in helping out, this would be a good way to try it out! Call the office or contact Carrie Krystek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Members $45, Guests $55  Register On-Line  

A call or email is required for Bunk or Private Room acomodations, as they are limited. $10 per night for bunks, $70 for a private room for the weekend. Feel free to call ahead with questions,  814-784-3080.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Children under 16 are loved, cherished and free.

The Weather? Sometimes cold, sometimes not. Dress warmly, our Yule Ceremonies are often outside if the weather cooperates. Check back here a few days before for the final schedule and location!

The Gift Exchange is easy. Just bring a small wrapped gift for your fellow Tribemates. It can be something you made, something you buy, or something you would like to pass along. (suggested price range: ~$10 or less...the intent is more important than the item!)

We will have ample heated sleepover space for all, allocated on first come-first serve. Please, do RSVP or register online if you will be staying over. Just bring your bedding, your warm clothing, something for the little donation box if you can spare it, but mostly let your heart come to Four Quarters for Yule.

We are closer than you think, 100 miles and less than 2 hours from the Baltimore-Washington Beltways. About 2 hours from State College, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Harrisonburg VA, 3 hours from Philadelphia and Wilmington, about 6 hours from NYC, Columbus and Cinncinatti, OH.