The dedication of a new sundial at the Astronomy Center will be part of the Astronomy Day activities Saturday, October 20 at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.
The sundial is the class project of Leadership Door County. The class wanted to do a project that was both educational and sustainable for the entire community. After much discussion, they were fortunate to be given the opportunity to create an analemmatic sundial for the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society. The sundial allows the participant to become one with the earth, sky, and sun working together synergistically to represent time. It's activated when a person stands upon the slab at the approximate date of the year, and then the shadow of that person points to the hour of the day.
Members of the 22nd Leadership Door County class are: Jim DuFrane, Kevin Grohskopf, Jodi Hibbard, Erin Hoffman, Ryan Johnson, Cindy Koutnik, Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead and Joe Mitchell. Dufrane, owner of G & J Glassworks, was the primary design expert and project manager behind the project using his artistic skills to come up with the concept. Dufrane also worked closely with many representatives from the Astronomical Society to make sure the project continued to meet their needs and vision throughout the project. Other parties who provided in-kind support on the project include Meissner Landscape, Dylan Lauger Concrete and Malcore.
Leadership Door County is an organization focused on identifying existing and potential leaders. The annual program is designed to help participants develop and strengthen their leadership skills while providing them with a strong understanding of community issues.
The theme of this year's Astronomy Day event is "Celebration of the Sun." The sundial dedication will take place at 1 p.m. Other daytime events include solar viewing, a planet walk and a variety of “hands-on” activities. There will also be an evening viewing starting at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.crossroadsatbigcreek.com/ or http://www.doorastronomy.org/.