Join us this December for
SOLSTICE: Reflections on Winter Light
Created by MASARY Studios
Commissioned by Mount Auburn Cemetery
SOLSTICE: Reflections on Winter Light is an annual event at Mount Auburn Cemetery that includes an outdoor journey through large-scale light and sound artworks, and an indoor experience with live music and candle lighting. Guests are invited to walk through the light-filled landscape and explore the Winter Solstice atmosphere, and to reflect on moments of change as the year ends and a new cycle begins. Connect to a landscape of exceptional beauty, consider an intention for the new year, or commemorate the memory of a loved one. Let the Solstice light your way as you encounter the unique spirit of Mount Auburn.
This year’s event takes place December 10 – 21 and tickets will go on sale for the general public on November 2nd.
Join or renew your membership today! Members will get advanced access to ticketing and receive a 50% discount on all Adult General Admission tickets.
Event Dates & Times:
Dec 10-11; Dec 13-18; Dec 20-21
Timed entries begin at 5:00 PM and continue every half-hour. The final nightly entry time is 8:30pm.
Adult, FOMAC Members: $15
Youth(ages 6-16): $5
Child (5 and under): Free
Member Ticketing pre-sale begins Oct 26, 2022; Public Ticketing starts November 2nd.
Images and video by Aram Boghosian.
Written by Patrick Gabridge
A Concert Reading Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Produced in partnership with Plays in Place, LLC
Join us for a site-specific outdoor concert reading of a one-act play by playwright Patrick Gabridge designed to be performed at the Cemetery under the light of the full moon. Moonlight Abolitionists is a swirling conversation between six abolitionists buried at Mount Auburn: Samuel Gridley Howe, Harriet Jacobs, Joshua Bowen Smith, George and Mary Stearns, and Charles Turner Torrey. This fascinating mix of men and women, some well-known and others far less so, made enormous sacrifices for the cause of freedom.
Approximate run time: 45 minutes
Tickets are $28 per person ($25 for members). Advance registration required.
Location: Bigelow Chapel Lawn
Rain Location: Bigelow Chapel
Dates – BUY TICKETS HERE
Thursday, October 6, 6:30 & 8:30 pm
Friday, October 7, 6:30 & 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 8, 6:30 & 8:30 pm
Sunday, October 9, 6:30 & 8:30 pm(more…)
January 22 – 25th was the third year of our three-day effort titled “Clean Up, Clear Out & Repurpose” which culminated in Saturday’s public electronics recycling event.
We set aside a day for staff to organize their office – they set aside items of interest to the archives and organize paper documents for shredding and recycling. Everyone participated by joining us for a pizza lunch, including our grounds crew.
Company Electronics Recycling
On Friday employees and volunteers were invited to drop off their personal electronic items to be recycled along with items that Mount Auburn was recycling. Staff volunteered to host the drop off during the day, and the IT department brought our recycling up from storage along with batteries that the company had collected for recycling.
Eighth Annual Electronics Recycling Event Open to the Public
On Saturday January 25th, we invited the public to bring their electronics for recycling at the Operations Center parking area on Cottage Street from 10:00AM-1:00 PM. All materials were picked up by Northeast Material Handling. The rain held off and the weather was comfortable. Issac Ahanmisi, IT Associate , Jessica Bussmann, Director of Education and Visitor Services; Corinne Elicone, Events and Outreach Coordinator; and Greg Ghazil, Preservation Supervisor turned out to host the event with me and volunteer Caleb Stewart.
This eight year attracted even larger attendance. An estimated 70 vehicles delivered items on Saturday. The oddest items coming to our collection this year: an exhaust system, a bed frame and a check embosser. We filled 17 pallets which required two truck runs to clear, that’s up from 13 pallets in 2019 for an estimated 4,250 lbs of recycling.
This effort was sponsored by Mount Auburn’s Sustainability Working Groups under the leadership of Paul Kwiatkowski, Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager and by the Information Technology Department at Mount Auburn.
17 bins of electronic equipment:
~4250 lbs, 707 items recycled
~500 lbs of scrap metal
70 lbs of alkaline batteries
#1 item recycled: 70 Laptop Computers
Join us for a mostly silent sunset meditation at the Tower. The magic hour is that dazzling collection of moments when the sun is near the horizon just before and after sunset. The moments of The Magic Hour at Washington Tower will be spent mostly in silence (or in hushed tones with friends) as we contemplate the light and cultivate a state of equanimity.
Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. Free.