December Free Friday at Brooklyn Historical Society

December 15th: Winter Myths

Join us for a journey into the underworld of holiday lore and celestial solstice diversions! Victoria Flexner of Edible History will unveil the pagan roots of today’s seasonal traditions, followed by an astrological forecast for 2018 with astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat. Grab a cup from the cauldron of mulled wine and join in an introductory lesson on cult card game Magic: The Gathering, or browse the richly illustrated 19th-century McLoughlin Brothers children’s tales on view from the BHS collection. It's the antidote to the holiday party circuit you’ve been waiting for, though tacky holiday sweaters are encouraged! 

To learn more about the McLoughlin Brothers publishing firm and their vibrant picture books, visit the exhibition Radiant with Color & Art: McLoughlin Brothers and the Business of Picture Books, 1858-1920, on view now at The Grolier Club.

Winter Myths


Winter Solstice & the Old Religion What's Going On?




A Magical GatheringFolks, It's Cold OutsideWinter's Tales


The Evening's Schedule
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm A Magical Gathering
Test your might and the strength of your sorcery with a game of Magic: The Gathering! Tutorials available from local expert Peter Rawlings at 5:30 & 7:45.
Beginning at 5:45 pm Winter's Tales
 Dig in to the BHS Archives for wintery folklore and stories from our collection of McLoughlin Brothers picture books. Stories of Santa Claus and other folk heroes come to life in vivid illustrations on these pages!
   
6:15 pm - 7:00 pm Winter Solstice & The Old Religion
Why did people choose some of the harshest months of the year as the focal point of their community holiday observations? Victoria Flexner of Edible History unveils and revisits some of the ancient &  Pagan roots of today's holiday traditions.
   
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm What's Going On?: An Astrological Analysis of Our Contemporary Climate
Astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat will talk about what will happen astrologically in 2018 in order to frame the near future as a segment of longer cycles. The intention of the discussion is to lead to an understanding of astrology as a tool for looking at time in a socially conscious way.
   
8:15 pm - 8:45 pm Folks, It's Cold Outside
Warm up the ancient way: with a sample of cozy and spicy mulled wine! Enjoy a warm drink before heading home.
Sponsored by: TD Bank and National Trust Insurance
Beer generously provided by: Brooklyn Brewery Free Fridays

Magic: The Gathering card decks generously provided by:
The Brooklyn Strategist Twenty Sided Store Kings Games
  Twenty Sided Store