“I wish I was a mole in the ground,” sings Appalachian balladeer Bascom Lamar Lunsford on this year’s Smithsonian Folkways compilation. It turns out Lunsford is motivated by a mammoth grudge against fate and nature, but it would be understandable if he merely sought retreat. Should the latter seem more appealing to you this holiday season, you might want to throw on your heavy coat and drag your 6-to-11-year-old out to Hidden Pond. No, you’re not going to drown the kid (we’ve concluded the old-time portion of our discussion). You’re going to find out “Who’s Who in Hibernation” when a Fairfax County Park Authority naturalist leads a small group on a hunt for the denning sites of our wise woodland friends whose prescription for seasonal affective disorder is a big sleep. At 2 & 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. FREE. For reservations call (703) 451-9588. (GD)

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