Piatt to host solar eclipse events


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WEST LIBERTY – Experience the April 8 total solar eclipse at Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek, located south of the centerline of the path through Ohio.

Attendees can participate in a watch party from the open lawn or view from a select spot for photographers who wish to capture eclipse images at a unique location.

In addition to operational hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8, the site will also be open April 5-7 prior to the eclipse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tours of the castle.

On eclipse day April 8, the property has programs scheduled outdoors in tents. Sean Andres, representing the Cincinnati Observatory Center, will present two different talks. At noon he will share connections between the Piatt family and the Observatory’s founding. At 1 p.m. Endres will describe the Observatory’s role in scientific understanding of solar eclipses. Between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., he will be available to discuss either topic informally in a tent designated for the Cincinnati Observatory.

An interactive eclipse demonstration is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. led by Diana Boggs. Using a six-foot model of Mac-A-Cheek Castle she will illustrate how the moon casts a shadow as it moves between the sun and the earth. This demonstration will be followed by an creative dramatics exploration of the solar system.

On April 8, Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek will be open for tours throughout the day. Regular fees for the facilitated self-guided interpretive tour will apply. Visitors will be asked to leave the building during the time of the total eclipse.

April 5-7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Piatt Castle will be open for tours. Each day, the demonstration and creative dramatics explorations of the solar eclipse and the solar system will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for free on the grounds. Parking is free but admission fees apply to tour Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek.

The site is managed by the Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Info from Margaret Piatt on behalf of Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek.

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