4th Annual Driftless Region’s Dia de Muertos Celebration

Location: Keewaydin Farms, 15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI 54664

Saturday, October 5th, 2024

Time: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

Details:

Driftless Curiosity and the Mexican Folk Art Collective will co-host the third annual “Driftless Region’s Día de Muertos Celebration: A Mexican Cultural and Educational Event” at Keewaydin Farms (15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI) on Saturday, October 7th, 2023 from 1:00 – 7:00 pm.

Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one of the most important traditions in Mexico. The festivity commemorates deceased loved ones by honoring and remembering them through ofrendas or altars decorated with traditional elements and items that represent those who have passed on to welcome them and guide their souls on their journey back home.

The Driftless Region’s Día de Muertos Celebration is a free, one-day outdoor event offering modalities to celebrate and learn including engagement in Mexican folk art, traditions, food and community. A collective Día de Muertos ofrenda is constructed during the event. And this year, the ofrenda will honor women activists and victims of femicide and we will remember and celebrate women we have lost. We invite attendees to honor the beloved women in their lives who have passed away by bringing a photo or other meaningful item to place on the community ofrenda.

Hands-on learning opportunities will be announced this summer. 

 

There is no cost for entry and workshops are free at this outdoor event.

                                                                                                No pets allowed. Camping available. Contact joy@driftlesscuriosity.org to register for a camping site.

 

Winter Solstice Celebration

 Location: Keewaydin Farms, 15270 Haucke Ln, Viola, WI 54664

Date: Saturday, December 16th, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Details:

The Winter Solstice marks the time of year when the path of the sun across the sky is furthest south in the Northern Hemisphere (December 21st or 22nd) and we experience the shortest day and longest night. This time also marks the astronomical beginning of the winter season as well as the moment we begin gaining daylight. The Winter Solstice has played an important role in cultures worldwide from ancient times until today and many of the customs, lore, symbols, and rituals associated with Christmas come from solstice or yule celebrations of ancient cultures. Human beings have an age-old relationship with the sun and have associated this dark hour with death and rebirth, when the old sun dies and the new one is reborn, a time when the natural world and our own spirits are renewed. It is a time to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the next. It is a time to gather together to celebrate the successes of the past year and the hope of returning light and life. In Ancient Rome, the Winter Solstice festival or “Saturnalia” began on December 17 and lasted for seven days. It was held to honor Saturnus, the Roman god of agriculture and harvest, and was characterized by festivities. Some traditional activities include gathering around a fire, decorating with evergreens (symbols of abundance), lighting candles, preparing a feast, building a yule altar, leaving offerings for nature, generosity (gift-giving), and singing. 

Our 2023 celebration will include a noontime group photo of our longest shadow of the year, 1 PM cross-country ski around the farm (as long as there is snow), a solstice spiral walk and candle lighting, a community yule altar, evergreen wreath making, elderberry syrup demonstration and sampling at 3 PM, wrapping sage for smudge sticks, decorating an edible tree for wildlife, hot drinks and snacks, and hopefully a sauna (currently under construction). We hope you can join us to celebrate this special time of year. 

Free Event 

Some paid activities and vendors accept cash

No ATM on site. 

Indoor and Outdoor Activities 

Donations Appreciated  

Email: joy@driftlesscuriosity.org with any questions.