Winter Wassail – December 14
December 14th: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Merryspring’s annual Winter Wassail solstice celebration takes place on Saturday, December 14 from 2 to 5 pm.
This free community celebration is open to all ages, free of charge. Crackling fires will keep guests warm, where American chestnuts will be roasted and served by longtime volunteer Eric Evans. A host of children’s craft activities will be offered, including popular favorites pinecone birdfeeders and winter crowns, among others. The Highland Mary Morris dance troupe will return, followed by a vocal performance of traditional and medieval carols by our resident Mill Street singers.
All throughout the day, hot wassail will be served. Wassail is a drink made of apple cider, served hot from a communal bowl and used in the tradition of wassailing. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the tradition of Wassailing is to celebrate a fruitful harvest of apples, as well as to ensure a bountiful new year. In addition to the fun and celebration, a selection of handmade wreaths and greenery will be for sale as a fundraiser for Merryspring.
2:00 – 5:00 – Crafts, children’s activities
(Pinecone birdfeeders, winter crowns)
2:30 – Highland Mary Morris Dancers
3:00 – Mill Street Singers
3:45 – Lighting of Jätkänkynttilä
All day- Greenery and wreaths for sale
All day – Refreshments (popcorn machine, hot wassail)
Hot Wassail ingredients- apple cider, cranberry juice, lemon juice, orange juice, water, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, allspice