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Winter Solstice Party - December 20
Winter Solstice Party
- Kings' Home
- Bring a potluck dish
- Saturday evening, December 20, 2008, 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Bring a potluck dish and enjoy fellowship and good times as we celebrate the 'return of the sun.' Join RET members for good cheer!

RET's annual Solstice Party will be at Phil and Sharron King's home (Directions below):

Phil and Sharron
865) 690-7687 (Home Telephone)

Directions to Phil's and Sharron's home:

- On Interstate 40 about 8 miles west of Knoxville, Cedar Bluff exit (Exit

- North on Cedar Bluff Road, to Gulf Park Drive (about a mile, big Catholic Church is on your right, Lutheran Church on your left)

- Left onto Gulf Park Drive, to Venice Road (about three-quarters of a mile)

- Right onto Venice Road. Proceed to stop sign at Sanders Road.
Continue on Venice Road about 1/4 mile to our home:

1109 Venice Road, (865) 690-7687

(basketball goal down the hill at back of driveway).

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs the morning after our party.

To many historic cultures, December was thought of as the most dreaded time of year - when the lack of heat and light and a limited supply of food spelled danger. The cold was stark and the darkness seemed perpetual.

Even today, science points to a mental disorder that is now officially recognized as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder that results in moodiness or depression during the winter months due to the lack of sunlight.

The cure? Turn up the wattage! — indeed, the use of artificial light is the only known treatment for SAD.

Yet it truly is darkest before the dawn. After the winter solstice, the amount of sunlight slowly begins to increase each day, asthe days begin to grow blessedly longer, flipping the switch to ON for the inevitable countdown to spring ...

Posted by pking
Dec. 15, 2008