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Celebrate the First Anniversary of the Nation’s First International Dark Sky Reserve

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Ketchum Hosts its Second Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

KETCHUM, Idaho – Join us at Ketchum Town Square on Dec. 21, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the Starry Solstice Social to celebrate our dark skies on the longest day of the year.

Mayor Neil Bradshaw and Ketchum’s partners, who collaborated on protecting and preserving the region’s dark skies, kick off the evening at 5 p.m.

Astronomers from Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory, Kirk Long and Greg Harman, will present on the most interesting facets of astronomy; the scale of the universe, black holes and aliens. They will be stationed at their telescopes during the event to help guests find their favorite planet or constellation.

If it’s cold outside, dance and warm up with Boise-based Audio Moonshine from 6 to 8 p.m. Beer, wine and cocktails will be sold by Warfield and complimentary snacks by KB’s (while supplies last), coffee, hot cocoa and cookies provided by the city.

“Our dark skies are part of what makes Ketchum and its surrounds a little unique,” said Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw. “What better time to celebrate it than on the longest night?”

The event will feature an exhibit on the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, in addition to activities for kids in the igloo on the Square.

Hemingway STEAM School teacher Scott Slonim will also be giving tours of the night sky inside the Star Lab portable planetarium at Ketchum City Hall during two sessions, 3:30 and 4:30. Seats are limited, so please email participate to reserve your place.

One December 18, 2017, the International Dark-Sky Association announced its formal approval of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, the first of its kind in the United States and one of just 12 such reserves worldwide.

The reserve stretches from Ketchum/Sun Valley to Stanley, includes areas in Blaine, Boise, Custer and Elmore counties and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The total area of the reserve is 1,416 square miles, making it the third largest in the world.

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About the City of Ketchum

The City of Ketchum is located in the Wood River Valley in south central Idaho. Founded in 1880 during the mining boom, Ketchum is now regarded as one of the most popular destinations for winter and summer visitors due to its world-class skiing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, restaurants, art galleries and shopping. The City of Ketchum hosts the famous annual Wagon Days Parade, held on Labor Day weekend, and numerous other year-round attractions. Ketchum is home to more than 10,000 full- and part-time residents. For more information about the City of Ketchum, visit www.ketchumidaho.org.

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