Tis the Season
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Since moving to Calvert County a few years ago, I have wanted to go the Arthur Storer Planeterium. This small science center puts on free shows twice a month during the school year. In November and December, the show has a holiday theme. I thought this would be a good time to visit the planeterium.
Although the host usually starts the show promptly on time, he waited a few minutes this evening to allow everyone to find parking in the crowded lot (there was also a concert going on at the high school that shares the lot). Then the lights dimmed but instead of showing the typical nighttime sky, red and green lights flashed in sync with a Christmas tune. The upbeat song shifted into a more soothing melody with a few wolf calls in the background. This part of the program lasted longer than I thought necessary (and a few of the younger ones in attendance were in agreement with me based upon the amount of wiggling and murmuring going on) but finally the ceiling darkened completely. Then the stars came out. I loved the sensation of looking up into the night sky.
After a brief look at this celestial vision, the program switched into the portion where it explored the roots of several traditions associated with winter holidays. It discussed Winter Solstice celebrations. It explained the legend behind the menorah of Hannukah. It considered the beginnings of Christmas trees, Santa Claus, and mistletoe. The program ended with a look at the "Star of Wonder, Star of Light" associated with the birth of Christ.
Following the show the host had a basket of candy canes for the children in attendance.