Eclipsing Stars Family Day

Eclipsing Stars Family Day
Photo courtesy of Aaron Homerski

Eclipsing Stars Family Day

March 30, 2024 (12 - 5PM)

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Family Ticket: $15; Individual Ticket: $5

Bring your family to FEED for a day celebrating space and the upcoming eclipse. Between 12-4PM, join us for tours of the exhibit, “Eclipsing Stars,” with artist, Alex (LoneSav) Staley, making sessions and demonstrations with local artists and designers, and the opportunity to get a free pair of viewing glasses for the eclipse.  At 4PM, traditional storyteller and cultural educator, Perry Ground (Onondaga, Turtle Clan), returns to FEED with his hour-long performance, “Raven Steals the Sun-Native American Eclipse Stories.” 


Re-mixing Space: Learn how to mix visuals for a live performance or just for fun with Collin Bonner. Use images from the Eclipsing Stars exhibit and other materials Collin will bring to the mixing table, and learn about Video-Jockey equipment and techniques.

Crochet-Your-Own-Star: With this workshop we do promise you the stars! Learn the basics of crochet with FEED’s Gfit Shop Resident Artist, Aaron Homerski, who will demonstrate how to make your own star to take home with you. 

  • Sessions: 12PM; 1:30PM; 3PM 
  • Sessions limited to 8 people per session. Sign-up on site. First-come, first-served basis. 
  • Workshop recommended for people 8 years and older.

Eclipse Meditation: Sit, relax and enjoy a guided meditation with artist, Savannah Wilson, who will take you through a 30-minute tour of some of the sensations and feelings you can expect on April 8. This multi-sensory experience is meant to create space for both the excitement and anxiety you might have ahead of the Eclipse. 

  • Meditations: 1PM and 3PM

Eclipse Viewers: Get ready for the eclipse. Learn how to make an eclipse viewing station with materials you have at home. 

Color-Your-Own-Goddess: Take home coloring sheets of your favorite Eclipsing Stars Goddess.

Eclipsing Stars Tours with exhibit artist Alex "lonesav" Staley: 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM


"Raven Steals the Sun - Native American Eclipse Stories" 

A performance by Perry Ground, Master Storyteller

This Story-filled presentation will share the beliefs, traditions, and protocols of several Native American tribes related to the Sun and Eclipse events. Tribes across North America have stories to explain these solar events and view them in many different ways –as a signal or a transformation, as omens, as sacred, and as a celebration. From the Cherokee to the Navajo to the Inuit to the Haudenosaunee (and many other tribes), these traditional legends have been told for hundreds of years and continue to be important to Native American culture today. A brief understanding of each tribe’s location and environment will be shared in addition to the stories. Storyteller Perry Ground will bring the stories to life through vivid descriptions, his rhythmic voice and a VERY active stage presence.  These stories become ‘interactive’ as Perry is known to include audience members in the stories. Not just for children, all listeners (young and old), will find this presentation captivating, highly entertaining yet very educational.

Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. Perry has been a storyteller and educator for over 30 years and enjoys working with people of all ages to teach about the history & culture of Native Peoples. He has performed at countless museums, parks, festivals, etc. in addition to working at several museums and serving as the Fredrick H. Minett Professor at RIT.

Tickets includes material and supply fees for activities and time in the "Eclipsing Stars" exhibit, a collaboration between artist, Alex (LoneSav) Staley and astrophysicist and folklorist, Dr. Moiya McTier, with support from Erie Arts & Culture and FEED. 

"Eclipsing Stars" was made possible by the Simons Foundation and is part of its 'In the Path of Totality' initiative.

Support for this program has been provided by Erie Arts & Culture through the Lydia McCain Unrestricted Fund of the Erie Arts Endowment.