Our 2023 Events

  • FOSM’s Summer Solstice Celebration  – June 23-25, 2023
    At Soaring Eagle Retreat next to Serpent Mound 
    FESTIVAL HOURS: (Friday) 3 pm – 7 pm, (Saturday) 10 am – 7 pm, (Sunday) 10 am – 7 pm (vendor may start shutting down at 5pm)
  • Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing – August 12, 2023
    At Soaring Eagle Retreat next to Serpent Mound
    – 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

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 “…Facilitating Education and Experiences…”

In 2004, FOSM started helping the Serpent Mound Park staff hold public events until 2009, as the Park’s Volunteer Group. We’ve dedicated 1000’s of hours to the park. During that time, we helped with astronomy nights, plant sales, reptile days, site projects, and the Manager would make us responsible for overseeing that the rules were followed during after hours permit requests. In that time we also created two unique events on the Solstices – Lighting the Serpent on the Winter Solstice and FOSM’s Summer Solstice Celebration (festival). 

After park management was contracted out to the Arc of Appalachia, some pre-FOSM events were handed back to the park staff to oversee. However, the Persieds Meteor Shower Viewing, The Lighting and the festival, were ours to host. In 2017, the CEO of the Ohio History Connection (owners of the Serpent Mound Park) canceled our permit to hold the Lighting, indefinitely. 



We understand the servility of this pandemic and  even though this event is outside. We encourage mask wearing while in large groups and to practice social distancing. Also, depending upon the recommendations of the local Health Department, State Regulations, or Federal, we may have to modify our events accordingly. 



2019 Morning images of the Festival grounds.

FOSM’s Summer Solstice Celebration

Our annual festival that highlights the multitude of aspects associated with Serpent Mound.

  • Ancient Knowledges and Local Lore: Archeoastronomy, Archaeology, Standing Stones, Stories and Legends, uses of springs and waterways
  • Early Inhabitance: Mound Builders, Indigenous Peoples of Americas, Artifacts, Early Indigenous and European Traditional Skills and Crafts
  • Unusual Aspects: Dowsing, Ley Lines, and Crop Circles 
  • Nature: Bird watching, herbs, wild flowers, native plant foraging, Earth Friendly ways, hiking, kayaking, and more
  • Local Summer Fun: From local places to visit to things to do with the whole family
FOSM President & Serpent Mound Historian, Jeffrey Wilson

Speaker & Entertainment

Tour Around Serpent Mound

Workshops & Hikes


Fair Ridge Farms Booth

Vending Opportunities

Event Rules

    • This is a family friendly event – there is to be NO alcohol, drugs, guns, or nudity!
    • Children are welcome and must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
    • There is no smoking in the Main Tents, in the port-o-lets or within the group hikes. There are proper places to put one’s cigarette butts, so please do not throw them on the ground.
    • There is to be NO Indian Policing or Politics permitted – All Races, All Religions, All Our Relations
    • Dogs are permitted, but must be leashed at all times, next to owner, and must be cleaned up after.
    • The back gate to the Serpent Mound Park will close when the park closes, no one may re-enter until the next day.

The Persieds Meteor Shower Viewing

We hope to take a count of how many meteors we see and what direction they are moving. Plus, there will be a guided tour thru the night sky. There is no cost, but we ask that you register if you plan to attend or camp, by emailing or calling 1-937-587-3953.

Soaring Eagle Retreat, 375 Horner Chapel, Peebles, Ohio 45660

Night’s Schedule:

8 pm – 9 pm — Please arrive during daylight, for the safety of all. Set up your viewing area – chairs, blankets, tent…

9 pm – 10 pm — A tour of the night sky with Jeffrey Wilson.

10 pm – 2:00 am — Watch and count the meteors.

Please dress appropriately and bring the following:

* A chair and blanket (The dew has always came in on us!) or sleeping bag.

* Refreshments for yourself and your group

* Flashlight

Where is Soaring Eagle Retreat?

Soaring Eagle Retreat is east of Serpent Mound and the Ohio History Connection has asked that all of our participants come in from the Horner Chapel entrance and park in our field during our events. One can assess Serpent Mound park via the Buckeye Trail during Park hours. 

375 Horner Chapel Rd., Peebles, OH 45660


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