Winter Solstice in the Hilltowns

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Pieter Bruegel the Elder's "The Peasant Wedding" (1568).

It’s the Winter Solstice! This year on December 22nd. The actual blessed event is three minutes after midnight on the 22nd, so we are celebrating it like the purists we are!

The evening begins at Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA with dinner starting at 5pm, if you’d like to come to that part. We line up all the tables in a long, family style line. Enter the Morris Dancers and there is much singing and eating together. Then, go outside to the Town Common at 6:30pm with community singing and a bonfire – you bring the songs and sing. You are welcome to bring a log for the fire too.

7:00pmish starts the event with a Horn (real caribou horns on their heads) Dance by the Juggler Meadow Morris Men followed by songs and stories by community members including our own professional storyteller Rona Leventhal and members of Welcome Yule.

Upon completion of the outdoor activities warm up at Elmer’s and enjoy more community fun when the Morris Dancers come back to Elmer’s, get good and likkered up and dance!

If you ever wondered what it might be like to live in a painting by Brughel (the elder,) this is your time.

That looks EXACTLY like Elmer’s on Solstice!


Nan Parati - Elmer's StoreNan Parati

Nan is the proprietor of Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, MA. A New England transplant from the Deep South following Hurricane Katrina, Nan shares her southern wit, wisdom and charm in her column, “Notes from Nan.”

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