The Indianapolis Museum of Art has been marking the semiannual solstice events with lovely celebrations. This year’s Winter Solstice Celebration — celebrating the shortest day of the year and the return of the sun — promises to be the largest ever. Held Dec. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at the Greenhouse parking lot, guests will gather around blazing bonfires and toss in small branches that symbolize wishes for the coming year. Visitors can learn about the various interpretations of the symbols of the solstice celebration and can bring their own drums and take part in an informal drumming circle. Wintry film shorts will be projected on a screen under the stars. Hot drinks will be available for purchase in the Lilly House Lobby. The Greenhouse and the IMA Shop will be open for holiday shopping.
Come early to catch a performance by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir at 6 p.m. in the Deer Zink Pavilion. The group will perform a program of traditional Christmas carols in the old European tradition.
All this is free. The IMA is located at 4000 Michigan Road. For more information, call 317-923-1331 or go to www.ima-art.org."""