The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

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Starry Night Series: Leap Day

February 28, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
1100 Lake Shore Rd.

Starry Night Series: Leap Day

Spend an evening listening to celestial stories and gazing at the night sky.

On this eve of 2020’s Leap Day, Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams will take us on a fascinating journey through the creation of the calendar, and how it is intimately woven into our relationship with starry worlds. Throughout history, calendarists, church leaders, and scientists have used mechanisms such as Leap Days, Blue Moons, procession and movable feasts to sustain harmony with the celestial world in the way we number our days, and how we describe our cultural history.

The event begins with some nibbles of wine and cheese, and continues with an engaging and interactive lecture, involving participants in social astronomy skits to enliven the cultural tales. Then, weather permitting, we will have a guided viewing of the night sky. Venus should be brilliant near the Crescent Moon, the two of them setting the perfect stage for Orion and his terrific region of outer Milky Way sky.

Tickets are $45 for general admission, or $30 for Ford House members, and must be purchased in advance.


This is an adults-only event -- ages 21 and over please. The event goes on clear or cloudy, rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges, please.