Celebrate the Solstice, the season and see speakers at the Secular Summit.
HCCO Winter Solstice Banquet
Registration closes Tuesday December 10th for the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) annual Winter Solstice Banquet in Columbus. Sharon Moss, HCCO Coordinator, says: "This year's Winter Solstice Banquet keynote speakers are Jesse & Julia Galef! Julia is the president of the Center for Applied Rationality, the inspiration for our own local Columbus Rationality Meetup, and Jesse is the Communications Director for the Secular Student Alliance. Together they write for their shared blog, Measure of Doubt. The Winter Solstice Banquet will be held on Saturday, December 14th, doors open at noon." Details and registration information
MOA Winter Solstice Party
Mid Ohio Atheists (MOA) is holding their annual Winter Solstice Party at 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 21st in Mansfield. "Join us for a fun and festive celebration of the Winter Solstice! We will be gathering at Brad & Candice's home for this event this year. We are asking everyone for a $5.00 donation per person as well as a covered dish to share. There will food, movies, games to play, and great conversations. We look forward to another fun event and hope to see you all there!" says Marisa Hills, Event Coordinator.
At your option, you can participate in an ugly sweater competition or white elephant gift exchange or donate canned goods/non-perishable items for the local homeless shelter. For details and to sign up, see the meetup event.
5th Annual Xmas Eve Gathering for People who aren't Celebrating Xmas
Dawn Owar has invited the secular community to a gathering and Omnipresent Atheists (OA) is advertising it. [The editor has been to the last two such events and had a great time.] From the Meetup and Facebook events:
"Not everyone celebrates Xmas, but there's no need to sit home alone feeling sorry for yourself while the Christians of the world gather around their living room trees when you can come to Bodega [map] for cocktails with your fellow Non-Celebrators! Food/Drinks are your own responsibility so bring your wallets and have a safe way to get back home.Anyone who doesn't celebrate or isn't celebrating Christmas this year is welcome to turn up and come and go 7pm to close. This party is open to absolutely everyone so please invite all your Humanist, Jewish, Atheist and Non-Christian friends!!
"*Note: People who do celebrate Christmas are also welcome. Whether you have no family in town and you just want to hang out, or if you feel like swinging by after the family is in bed."
Freethinkers Big Bang Party
The First Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church Atheists Agnostics and Skeptics (AAS) Group is sponsoring a New Year's Eve Potluck at the Church (93 W. Weisheimer Rd, Columbus) at 8:00 PM.
"Our theme is the BIG BANG – the "birth(day) of the Universe", with games, food, performances (cosmic juggling, celestial music) and merriment. The bash is OPEN TO ALL. Please join us (bring a dish to share) and see what we're planning for the new year, including speakers (Rev Bellitini), programs and lively discussions. Please RSVP to David Jon Krohn, [email protected]."
HCCO, MOA, OA, UU AAS and COUNT are members of Columbus CoR.
[Addendum 12/11/2013: The UU AAS Freethinkers Big Bang Party was announced and it and the Xmas Eve event were added above.]