Poems and Planets

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Date(s) - 03/08//2014
3:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Friends Wilderness Center


In this two-part event at the Friends Wilderness Center, Hayden Matthews will moderate a group reading of poems from 3:30 to 6:00.  Then the group will break for supper (bring your own or make reservations for an extra fee).  Once the sky darkens, Kevin Boles, astronomer of the Morgan County Observatory in Berkeley Springs, gives a guided tour of the celestial dome.  Participants may come for one or both parts of the program.  For the poetry portion, participants are asked to “bring something special that warms us from within.  Poems can be on any topic or theme as long as they meet that one criterion: they warm and sustain you.”  Poems will be shared in the Niles Cabin around a wood stove.  For the star-gazing portion, Boles will use an 8″ reflector telescope and star charts.  “With clear skies we should be able to see Jupiter and its moons, the Orion nebula, the double cluster in Perseus, the Andromeda galaxy, the double star Castor in Gemini and more.”  Boles will also discuss winter constellations and their mythology.  Participants may opt to bring a telescope, binoculars, a reclining lawn chair.  Overnight stays at the cabin available on request for additional fee.  Fees: $10 for dinner, $10 for program (family rate: $25).  RSVP required; call (304) 728-4820 or email: snbach@earthlink.net.