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Heirloom Apple Day at Woodlawn

Posted April 21, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 29, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Woodlawn Museum, 19 Black House Road, Surry Road, off Route 172, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: 207-667-8671; woodlawnmuseum.org

In 1850, there were thousands of named varieties of apples in the state of Maine. On every farm and homestead they were eaten fresh and used for cooking, drying, and for making hard cider. The Downeast Food Heritage Collaborative, a partnership between the College of the Atlantic, Woodlawn, and Healthy Acadia, is hosting an Heirloom Apple Day, Saturday, October 11, 11 am to 5 pm. The morning will feature a series of activities aimed at educating people about this rich history including cider pressing, apple identification, apple tastings and kids’ activities. From 1 pm to 2 pm, author Claude Jolicoeur will give a lecture about Hard Cider: History and Techniques. A book signing session for his recently published book The New Cider Maker’s Handbook, will follow. At 2:30 pm, Seed Saver Exchange orchard manager, Dan Bussey, and Maine apple expert, John Bunker, will talk about American Heirloom Apples: A Lost Treasure. The lecture will be followed by a hard cider tasting. Apple Day is supported by a grant from Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

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For details, call Woodlawn at 667-8671.

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