Somme Woods Northbrook, IL celebrates the winter solstice with a magnificent bonfire. It is open to the public and it's free! It begins at 2:00 pm on Sat., Dec. 21 at the parking lot of Somme Woods (1750 Dundee Rd in Northbrook). There is a bagpiper that leads the group into the woods where a giant bonfire will be lit. Patrons are invited to toss on a stick to the fire with a memory of 2013 to be discarded (or remembered). Goodies are shared (cookies, brownies) along with hot cider or hot chocolate. There is mingling and merriment while watching the blaze burn down. You may stay as long or as little as you wish. It winds down about 4:00 pm.