First Miracle winery site of stargazing party
“Hello Halloween Wine Tasting & Stargazing Party” is set to take place Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at First Miracle winery, located at 8518 S. Kays Chapel Road near Fredericksburg.
There will be wine tasting with hosts Goldie and Andy. The Stargazing Spooktacular will continue with a Halloween costume contest and awards for best boy’s and ghoul’s, er girl’s costumes.
StarGeezer Mark Steven Williams, reincarnated as Einstein or Frankenstein, will present a frightful presentation on “witch” way to look in the sky to spot the pumpkin planet, Mars, jumpin’ Jupiter and scary Saturn.
Following the haunting program, attendees will go outside for telescope viewing of the late October skies, including the moon at first quarter, planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, constellation tours and views of double stars and, possibly, the Andromeda galaxy.
“Mars is spectacular now, closer and more brilliant than it will be again until 2035,” Williams said, “and folks are always amazed when viewing the ringed planet, Saturn.”
Reservations are $15 per person, $25 per couple, $10 for military and first responders (with ID), and children younger than 16 free.
Reservations should be made online to provide a head count. Payment will be accepted at the door. Halloween costumes are optional.
“We have a special smartphone adapter for the telescope eyepieces and can take images of the planets with your phone,” Williams said.
Free October Sky Maps will be provided while supplies last.
Wood-fired pizza, soup, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and sweet treats will be available. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed on winery premises.
Cloudy weather will postpone the event to Nov. 17 (Leonid meteor shower) or Nov. 21; it was already moved from Friday to Saturday due to the weather forecast.
For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.FirstMiracleWines.com and First Miracle Winery or StarGeezer Astronomy on Facebook or call 1-865-660-2488.