Event: Lighting the Serpent

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Serpent Mound in Adams County, an ancient effigy-mound earthwork in the shape of a snake with a curled tail, most likely used for ceremonial purposes.

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Lighting the Serpent

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Serpent Mound in Adams County, an ancient effigy-mound earthwork in the shape of a snake with a curled tail, most likely used for ceremonial purposes. Each year since 2004, Friends of the Serpent Mound have hosted a solstice event to light luminaries around the serpent in correlation with the solar alignment of the Winter Solstice sunrise. All participants meet around a sacred fire and light roughly 900 candles in this nondenominational ceremony. After the lighting, guests are encouraged to walk the park and enjoy the festive atmosphere, with holiday treats, hot cocoa, tea and coffee. 


4-8 p.m. Monday; this event is weather dependent, so call or go online before you head out. $8 per car. 3850 State Route 73, Peebles, 937-587-3953, serpentmound.org


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