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Sun Classes at Night 

Learn how to worship the solar system's hottest star.

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The coolest part about tonight's Winter Solstice Celebration is knowing that the days start getting longer tomorrow. And at its 19th annual farewell to the shortest day of the year, the Geauga Park District can help you find your way out of the dark and help you say hello to the sun. (At least that's what we think is shining through the impenetrable layer of clouds.)The party starts with a team of naturalists explaining both ancient and modern rituals to mark the solstice, including the drunken Bacchanalian revels of 200 B.C., which celebrated the grape crops harvested for winemaking. They'll also give the 411 on the history of decorating Christmas trees and kissing under the mistletoe, as well as the ninth-century Norse tradition of setting everything ablaze as an homage to the sun. The naturalists will even dress up like Vikings and start a bonfire, in case the history lesson sounds too stuffy. Afterward, revelers will come in from the cold for a buffet of hot cider and cookies next to a roaring fire and hear the Pilgrim Brass Choir perform. "We try to get people outdoors at a time when most people don't usually spend a lot of time outdoors," says Teresa Runion, the park's special-events coordinator. "Families have come out every year to make this a great tradition." Sun worshiping starts at 7:30 tonight at the Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Munson Township. Admission is free. Call 440-286-9516.
Fri., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2007

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