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 2015, 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 (OHC) (owners of the Serpent Mound Park) canceled our permit indefinitely, towards hold the Lighting. According to a press release put out by OHC, “The decision to discontinue Lighting the Serpent was based on careful evaluation of the event and how it relates to the history of Serpent Mound.” However, before and since other OHC mound sites and other State and Federal Mound Parks have held Luminaria Events. Why? 



2019 Morning images of the Festival grounds.

F.O.S.M.’s Summer Solstice Celebration Festival

Our festival focusses on local history and heritage, Earth Friendly/Sustainability, Recycle/Repurpose/Reuse, Holistic Wellness, Regional Ecology, Regional Musicians, Summer Family Fun Activities, Traditional Skills, Arts and Crafts, Native Like and Indigenous Made Wares.

Our lectures could be on subjects like:

  • 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,
FOSM President & Serpent Mound Historian, Jeffrey Wilson

Speaker & Entertainment

We Once Gave Tours Around Serpent Mound

Workshops & Hikes


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Fair Ridge Farms Booth

Vending Opportunities

Site 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.
  • 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 is closed. One can use the Buckeye Trail to access the  park during open hours.

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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