From time immemorial, humans have been gazing up at the night sky in awe and wonder. To this day, the observations of heavenly bodies continue to guide our understanding of the universe and inspire great works of art; they call us to boundless feats of exploration. Yet it is easy to forget the lights in the night skies that blanket us from above, especially when the lights from the technology we hold in our hands focuses so much of our attention downward. The River Center’s upcoming Campfire Event offers individuals and families the opportunity to disconnect from our devices for an evening and to reconnect with one another and that very human act of pondering the stars.
Since its opening in 1964, the South Florida Science Center’s Dekelboum Planetarium has provided our region with impressive displays from the West Palm Beach location. Now, through collaboration with the River Center, the planetarium will bring a taste of its popular programming to the monthly Campfire Event. On Friday, February 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., an exciting evening of astronomical proportions will begin with a presentation by planetarium technician Holly Hennessy. Next, equipped with special telescopes and a green laser, Ms. Hennessy will lead attendees outside for a live show highlighting the features of the actual night sky; guests will even have the opportunity to peer through powerful telescopes and binoculars themselves for a closer look that is sure to captivate the imaginations of all ages. After the show, everyone is invited to discuss the evening’s discoveries around the crackling campfire while enjoying classic s’mores. Children can also participate in astronomy-themed crafts and activities, providing them with a family and educational experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
The River Center is expecting demand to be high, so those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve their spots soon by contacting Community Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Sciandra at email@example.com. To help defray the cost of the event and to support additional River Center programs, there is a suggested donation of $20 per family, or $5 for individuals. Guests are encouraged to bring their own telescopes, flashlights, binoculars, and lawn chairs. Closed toed shoes are suggested.