For the ninth time, people gathered atop Munson Mountain to mark the winter solstice at Penticton’s own Penhenge last year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

For the ninth time, people gathered atop Munson Mountain to mark the winter solstice at Penticton’s own Penhenge last year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Winter Solstice is coming, to Penhenge on Dec. 21

The annual gathering at the top of Munson Mountain celebrates the longest night of the year.

It may not seem like it, but the days are still getting shorter, at least until Dec. 21.

Dec. 21 marks the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice.

Read More: Winter Solstice celebrated atop Munson Mountain

To celebrate the days once again beginning to grow longer, the public is invited to observe the solstice from the Okanagan’s own Penhenge on Munson Mountain.

The gathering begins at 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 21, ahead of the anticipated sunset at 3:27.

For eight years, the solstice has been watched from the top of Munson Mountain, with over 60 people making their way to Penhenge on the top last year.

Organized by the Penticton group of the Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (OCRASC), members will be on hand to answer questions as well as describe the significance of what is taking place.

Read More: Penticton’s Stone Circle standing the test of time

This year also features a performance from Sam McNally, a recent member of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and teacher at the Penticton Academy of Music. McNally will play a horn fanfare at the moment of sunset on Munson Mt., as well as an eight-minute, three-movement piece for solo horn at a post-solstice celebration which will follow at nearby Township 7 Winery from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Penhenge is a standing stone array located at the top of Munson Mountain above the Penticton sign. Chris Purton, a retired scientist at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory at White Lake, designed the array of four stones to mark out the equinoxes and solstices through the year.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Penticton Overdose Prevention Society co-founders Desiree Franz, Shane Surowski and Stephanie Lines have created the city’s first unsanctioned public overdose prevention site using an old wine-tour bus. The site began operations in June 2021. (Desiree Franz/Facebook)
Volunteers launch Penticton’s first public supervised injection site

2021 is on pace to be the deadliest year for overdoses in Penticton on record

Owner Daren McWhinney is really excited about the new location of Angry Vegan which just opened up at 536 Main Street. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton’s Main Street turns into foodie heaven

Angry Vegan, Wild Ginger, Twisted Chopsticks and Gratify recently opened

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club in Oliver will golf from sunrise to sunset to raise funds for ALS on June 29. (Submitted)
Golfing from sunrise to sunset in Oliver for ALS

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club have taken up the challenge June 29

Jann Arden will embark on Canada-wide tour Spring 2022 with a stop in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on June 13. (Contributed)
Jann Arden coming to Penticton in 2022

The Jann Arden Live! tour has been rescheduled for 2022

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. (Calvin Dickson photo)
Another severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Conditions are favourable for thunderstorms that may produce strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop live horse export

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

(Dave Ogilvie photo)
One injured after being pinned by fallen forklift near Peachland

West Kelowna emergency crews responded to reports of a person stuck under a forklift

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

This goose family went for a leisurely stroll down Vernon’s Main Street Saturday, April 25. (Dave Deshane photo)
Controversial Vernon goose cull won’t fly this year

Necessary permit procedures held up at a federal level

Mounties cover a burgundy truck with a tent at Buckerfields in West Kelowna on Monday, June 14. The RCMP is investigating after a woman’s body was found inside the truck. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)
West Kelowna RCMP investigating suspicious death after body found in truck

Police responded to a truck parked out front of a Main Street business where the body was found

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Most Read