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Whoop It Up for Winter Solstice 

From ice carvers to steel pan drummers, the Indianapolis Museum of Art's 2014 Winter Solstice celebration will offer a wide variety of clever ways to welcome the first official day of winter while interacting with art of all kinds.

"We're trying to step outside the box a little bit in terms of experiences that are fun," explains IMA Manager of Community & Outreach Programs Tariq Robinson. "It's really just thinking about things that not only bring people onto the campus, but then giving them another way to connect with whatever we have happening."

click to enlarge Last year guests at the IMA's Winter Solstice soiree met some friendly reindeer.  - COURTESY OF THE INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART
  • Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Last year guests at the IMA's Winter Solstice soiree met some friendly reindeer.

This Thursday, the annual event will take place throughout the IMA's campus. As was the case with the museum's Autumn Equinox festival, this celebration includes a host of engaging activities, including the chance to sing along with Dickens carolers and to try your hand at creating wintery art. Then you can watch the art of ice carving, as frozen blocks are transformed into a sculpture.

Brand new to this year's event, the music of steel pan drummer Andrew Moore, who performs under the name Circle City Steel will enhance the ambience. Moore's music typifies the unique art forms chosen to be incorporated in this year's celebration. Robinson explains, "We are trying to branch out a little bit more in terms of things that you might not necessarily expect are associated with wintertime experiences."

Moore's musical itinerary will include playing jazz, blues, calypso, reggae, pop music, Christmas music and more. Through this, he hopes to give listeners a proper introduction to the steel pan drum and to spread his love for this distinctive drum.

"Having an origin of coming from Trinidad in the Caribbean and being such a new, idiophonic instrument, most everyone expects that it can fit into only the Afro-Caribbean styles of music," Moore says. "However, I have performed rock 'n' roll, country, blues, jazz, big band standards, classical, movie music, and even Halloween music, all pan-centric."

Moore says the instrument's chromatic design is accommodating to every style of music.

Indy hosts plenty of ways to celebrate the shortest day of the year, which also holds the promise of longer days to come. Days begin growing longer the day after Winter Solstice.  - COURTESY OF THE INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART
  • Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Indy hosts plenty of ways to celebrate the shortest day of the year, which also holds the promise of longer days to come. Days begin growing longer the day after Winter Solstice.

The IMA isn't the only place in town hosting solstice-driven celebrations this year. Below, we've highlighted a few more fun-filled events around the city that are taking place in honor of winter's onset.

Winter Solstice Wonders @ Holliday Park

Dec. 21, 1:30 p.m.

Holliday Park naturalist Amanda Roche leads this event on the shortest day of the year, which will include several winter-related activities. Roche explains, "We will be teaching about the folklore and history of the solstice, reading a book about the solstice, talking about what animals do in the winter and taking a winter hike in the forest." Cost of the event is $5 per person. For more information, visit the Holliday Park website.

10th Annual Indy Winter Solstice Celebration @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

Dec. 20, 7 p.m.

This nondenominational, family-friendly event invites you to forget about the shopping list for a night and celebrate the return of the light. Based on "A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual" by Julie Forrest Middleton (a Unitarian Universalist) and Stasa Morgan Appel (a self-described Quaker witch), the celebration weaves together readings, stories, choir and congregational singing for an evening that is meditative at times and raucous at others. There is no advance registration for the event this year. For more details, be sure and visit the Indianapolis Winter Solstice Singing Ritual's website.

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