Many lucky Richmonders took the opportunity to officially welcome winter Tuesday during the third annual 2010 Winter Solstice Celebration at Belle Isle with the James River Park staff and the Friends of the James River Park.
The park staff had a small bonfire and shared some cocoa and hot cider while the Friends lead the group in a few songs and laughter before giving a few gifts of thanks to the JRPS staffers. Park manager Ralph White and head of maintenance Peter Bruce were on hand to tell a few stories and thank many of the people who volunteer and share time to help maintain the 17 properties within the park.
The gathering only lasted about an hour and a half and probably had about 50 people total stop by. The temperature was in the mid-30s, but the bonfire (which was placed at the base of the pedestrian bridge on the island and contained in a special pit) was plenty warm. As promised, the view from the pedestrian bridge of the full moon over the downtown skyline lit up for the Holidays was worth the trip.