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               August 12th     
      Dinner & Meteor Watch 

You’re invited to one of those events that’s best experienced in community.  After a convivial chef-catered dinner, we’ll recline outside to take in the Perseid’s best, promised for August 12-13. 

"And what a peak it’s set to be this year. A waxing crescent moon only 13 percent full will set in the evening hours, setting up near perfect dark sky conditions to take in up to 60 or maybe even 100 meteors per hour. With ideal viewing conditions away from light pollution and a little luck, that promises to be quite a remarkable show.” (Forbes).

About the evening and night:

Plan for a 6:00pm Arrival at the Surprise House. Our neighbors, Susanne & Jacques from our local Vineyard Grant James will showcase their vintage selections, followed by a 7:36pm sunset. Around 8:00pm, we will meet down at the Retreat Center for a locally catered dinner and slowly move to our meteor shower viewing spots.  After 10:30 moonset in the western horizon, we’ll gather at the main house— its outlook also a setting to appreciate the open “dark sky” to the east and north for the Perseids. 


Some who want to stay over, for continued “peak” in the wee or early morning hours, can glamp at the Retreat Center.   Facilities include a kitchen, a 360 view from the performance deck, and the fire-pit deck with open sky, (for those who want both ways of staring into fire). 

To further the ambience of community, reservations are limited to 20. For planning purposes, please register early. 

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Approximate Evening & Night schedule:

6:00pm Arrival & Wine Reception

7:36pm Sunset

8:00pm Dinner

10:30pm Moonset

Peak of Meteor Shower

For those staying over, join a

4:00am Early Morning viewing circle? 

PRICE: $100/ person

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PS:  You can't make it, but don't want to miss the meteor show? Then book accommodations for any other day/night during this peak time.