Holiday season is here with plenty to do

Lisa Lightner

By the time this column is published, both Halloween and Veterans Day will have passed, which can only mean one thing—the holidays are coming. Luckily we have many great organizations near us that are still offering outdoors events. It can be so easy for families to get caught up in the commercialism and forget to go outside.

Brandywine River Museum

Sunday the 24th is the last free Sunday at the museum for a few weeks. Once their holiday display goes up, you have to wait until the new year to enjoy this local gem for free. It’s certainly still is mild enough on Sunday mornings to enjoy a walk on their grounds and then go in to the museum.

Black Friday

Friday Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon: Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale). Skip shopping this Black Friday and join TLC for an outdoor hike. Make natural ornaments to decorate the TLC evergreen tree for the Winter Solstice Celebration. Collect natural objects to create holiday cards for friends and family! $5 TLC members/$10 non-members.

Full Moon Stroll and Owl Calling on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm (Moderate walking) Members: $3;Non-members:$5. Max: 15 participants. Are you fascinated by owls? We are! Join us at the Myrick Center to learn cool facts about our areas’ owls and then take an (almost) full moon walk to listen for and call for three native species. This evening is sure to be a ‘Hoot’! Hot chocolate and a snack will be provided after the walk. This program is recommended for children 5 years and older.

Laurels

Enjoy a relaxing, guided hike through the fall beauty of the Laurels on Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. led by Conservancy staff. To register, please call Laura Olds Schmidt at 610-388-8386. Meet in the Laurels Preserve parking lot. This walk is exclusively for members of the Brandywine Conservancy. If you are not a member, it makes a great holiday gift, doesn’t it?

Solstice

Winter Solstice Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 21,from 5 to 7 p.m. Location: Stateline Woods Preserve (814 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square). Celebrate the longest night of the year with TLC at the top of Crossfield Hill with a bonfire and refreshments to acknowledge the changing of seasons. $5 TLC members/$10 non-members. I love how they present that, don’t you? Most of us groan and think “shortest day of the year” but they’ve turned into a positive—the longest night of the year.

Longwood

It’s easy to forget about Longwood’s autumn displays when so much focus is on the holiday display. But their mum festival is gorgeous and in full swing right now. You don’t want to miss it.

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Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.