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Celebrating Light in the Darkness

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The Burlington Earth Clock
The Burlington Earth Clock


In the middle of winter, in the darkest days of the year,people have always celebrated the light. This Friday is the winter solstice:the day the sun stands still. Celebrating the solstice is not just for Druids and Wiccans. Many people mark the return of the light in their own way.

We'll learn about the plants of the winter solstice from Leonard Perry, horticulturalist at the University of Vermont. We'll also learn about the history of Christmas in early America from Stephen Nissenbaum, author of the Battlefor Christmas.

We'll also hear from people across Vermont who are celebrating the solstice in their own way, including Abigail Nessen Bengson from the theater production Night Fires, David Brynn of the Watershed Center, and David Brizendine of the Burlington Earth Clock. And we'll hear from you. How do you celebrate this time of year?

Post your stories or comments about the winter solstice or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Also, back in 2005, the Burlington indie, art rock band Swale started work on a full-length CD. The finished piece, a small arrival, was finally released this fall. Swale drops by the VPR Performance Studio to play a few tracks from the new CD.