Franklin County Cider Days, November 1-3, 2019Apples and people tasting cider

The 25th Anniversary CiderDays is going to be jammed packed with events, both paid and free. Here are some of the free events you'll find at orchards and venues throughout Franklin County. Stay tuned as more details become available.

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Throughout CiderDays Weekend

  • The Official CiderDays Bookstore is at Two Birds, a shop at 106 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Books about apples, cider, and orcharding will be available for sale, plus book signings (see bottom of page). 
  • Art Exhibit: 25 Years of CiderDays
    Over twenty-five years, CiderDays has evolved to a three day, county-wide festival celebrating the apple in all of its forms and providing sessions on every aspect of apple usage. The Great Falls Discovery Center on Avenue A in Turners Falls hosts an exhibition of historic cider presses and images that honor the orchards, producers and enthusiasts who have advanced the art of cidermaking.  
  • Bringing Apples to New England: A look at the history and traditions of our apple-loving ancestors. Offered by the Shelburne Historical Society Museum at Arms Academy.  Includes a chance to make old-fashioned apple-head dolls.  Thursday 10am - 4 pm and Friday through Sunday 1-4 pm all ages.
  • Hard Cider Tasting and Outdoor Taproom, plus special Peckville Treasure Hike (cider prizes! glorious views!) 11-5, Sat/Sun,  West County Cider Tasting Room, Shelburne
  • Fresh pressed sweet cider, Grass-Fed Beef, Maple Syrup & Maple cream, Antiques Farm Museum, An amazing view. Wheel-View Farm, 212 Reynolds Road, Shelburne, MA, Carolyn & John Wheeler -  Open 10-4 each day. www.wheelviewfarm.com, 413-625-2900
  • Tasting of Green River Ambrosia Meads and Cyzer (11 - 4 Sat/Sun) $5 - 7 tasting fee — Artisan Beverage Cooperative, Greenfield
  • Tasting of Hard Cider (11 - 4 Sat/Sun) — Bear Meadow Farm, Ashfield
  • Hard cider, apple brandy, Pommeau, tastings. Facility and orchard tours. (10 - 4 Sat/Sun) — Bear Swamp Orchard & Cidery, Ashfield
  • Cider tasting and food (11 - 9 Fri/Sat; 12-4 Sun) — Cameron’s Winery, Northfield
  • Tasting of Apples, Pears, Sweet Ciders (10 - 4 Sat/Sun) — Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Deerfield
  • Apples, food, maple fried dough, farm market (Sat/Sun 7:30 - 7:00) — Hager’s Farm Market, Shelburne
  • Tours of the Orchard and Cider Mill (11 - 4 Sunday Only) — Headwater Cider, Hawley
  • Juice for home fermenting for sale, restaurant, market, orchard ride (7 - 6 Sat/Sun) — Pine Hill Orchards, Colrain
  • Cider tasting and tours (12 - 4 Sat/Sun) - Carr's Ciderhouse, 12 Mt. Warner Road, Hadley
  • Hard Cider Tastings and seminars all weekend - Shelburne Falls Cork, 1 Deefield Avenue, Shelburne Falls. Friday, November 1 from 1 PM until 2:30 Bear Meadow Farm Cider. Friday, November 1 from 5 PM to 6:30 PM John Asbel of Sidras of Spain. November 2 Saturday 4 PM till 5 PM Field Maloney of West County Cider. Sunday, November 3 from noon until 1:30 pm Urban Farm Fermenters. At 3:30 pm until 5 pm Jordana Starr will be representing East Hollow cider. (413) 362-0265 or facebook for details.

Thursday, October 31st

  • Pre-Event Workshop on Thursday,(12 - 5 October 31st) - Wild Apple Pomological Exposition: A Seedling Apple Showcase, with cider explorer Matt Kaminsky in the Ashfield Town Hall (Ashfield, MA). More details to come.

Friday, November 1st

  • Cider Schmooze and Cider Tap Takeover — After the Calvados and Apple Brandy event on the 3rd floor at Hawks & Reed, we'll reset the room into an informal pub so you can talk with cidermakers and authors in a casual setting. Cider and food will be available for sale. 8:30 - 11:00pm  

  • Cider Pub Sing, 7:30 - 9:00 (BYOC) at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, Greenfield FREE but donations appreciated

  • The Crowning of Pomona, 9:00 pm — the First Annual Crowning of Franklin County CiderDays Pomona at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, Greenfield 
  • Pop Up Cider Pub, 9:00 - 11:00 (BYOC), at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, Greenfield FREE but donations appreciated

Saturday, November 2nd

  • Apple Crisp, Cobbler, and Crumble Food Demo with Yankee Magazine’s Senior Food Editor Amy Traverso at Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Deerfield

  • Pruning Old Apple Trees: A Hands-on Demonstration, with David and William Shearer and the Pine Hill All Stars at Pine Hill Orchards, Shelburne (1:00- 2:00)

  • From Apple Trees to Cider Please - An Apple Story Walk Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls 1:00-3:00 p.m., Great Hall, As you stroll along the Discovery Center’s grounds, you’ll enjoy the picture book From Apple Trees to Cider, Please, by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky. For children ages 4-8 and their friends, siblings, and families. Stop by the Great Hall, for activities and crafts all about apples. For more This program is rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the story walk will be indoors inside the center.
  • Apples of New England with Russell Steven Powell - Brief history of apple-growing in our region, including the dominance of cider until mid-1800s and its resurgence today. Plus apple tasting! With Russell Steven Powell, author of Apples of New England and America's Apple, blogger at newenglandorchards.org, and former director of New England Apple Association. Books and apple calendars available for sale. 1:00-2:00pm, free and open to the public. The Dickinson Memorial Library, 155, Main Street, Northfield, MA 413-498-2455
  • New Salem Preserves & Heritage Cider hosts its Cider and Apple Festival with child-friendly apple pressing. Farm products, along with exhibits from local artisans, will be displayed within the courtyard of the cider mill. We now produce our own line of hard ciders, www.newsalemcider.com, and the outdoor Cider Garden, next to the barn and farm store, will be open all weekend. The Cider Garden overlooks our century-old orchard, with rolling hills, long stone walls and fields of wildflowers.  You will also have the ever-present breathtaking view of the Quabbin Reservoir and beyond. As always a robust offering of free workshops are scheduled for both days (see schedule). From Rt. 2 (Exit 16), take Rt. 202 South to New Salem Center (about 7 miles). At blinking light turn left onto S. Main Street. Follow the apple signs.

    12:00 - 1:00 —Tending Backyard Apple Trees with Steve Lanphear, Steve Marglin, and Steve Weisman
    1:00 - 2:00 — Basic Apple Tree Pruning with Steve Weisman
    All Day —Free Hard Cider samples in the Cider Garden

Workshops at Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls

  • 9:00-10:00 - Cyser: Pro Tips on Making It with Dave Keramaty of Artisan Beverage Coop at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center
  • 9:15 - 10:15 - Growing Your Own Cider Orchard with Alan Yelvington at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center
  • 10:30 - 11:30 - Becoming Pomona: Women in Cider Panel w/ Judith Maloney (founder CiderDays/West County Cider), Ria Windcaller (Cider Chat/Totally Cider Tours) April Woodard (Cider Industry Expert) and Autumn Stoscheck (Eve’s Cidery). Shelburne Buckland Community Center
  • 10:30 to 11:30 Wild Apple Forests of Kyrgyzstan with Eliza Greenman
  • 11:30-12:30 Cider Culture in America with Soham Bhatt of Artifact Cider, Ryan Burk of Angry Orchard and Darlene Hayes, Cider writer and author of Cider Cocktails.
  • 12:30 - 2:00 8th Annual Cidermaker Competition Award Presentation with Charlie Olchowshi and friends
  • 1:30 - 2:30 Ice Cider: How I make it with Jim Wallace, award winning non-commercial cider maker and Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders
  • 12:00 - 1:00 - Cider Bars: What Makes a Good One? with Ambrosia Borowski (Chicago’s The Northman) and Melissa Madden (Finger Lakes Cider House)  at Shelburne Buckland Community Center

Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls

  • 10:00 -11:00 Cultivated Apples and Wild Yeast are my Bag withTom Oliver of Oliver's Cider and Perry UK, Ryan Burke of Angry Orchard and Pat Knittel, of Wrangletown Orchard
  • 11:15 - 12:15 - Holistic Orchard Management in a Nutshell — long time CiderDays fave Michael Phillips returns for a talk on managing natural orchards at Memorial Hall in Shelburne
  • 12:45 - 1:45 - Non-traditional Orcharding with John Bunker, Andy Brennan, and Michael Phillips at Memorial Hall in Shelburne
  • 2:00-3:00 Climate Change & Orcharding, Matt Kaminsky

Shea Theater in Turners Falls

West County Cider and Headwater Cider will be on tap at the bar during the workshops

  • 11:30 - 12:30 - Reconstructing the Apple Family Tree w/ Dr Cameron Peace, apple genetics, WSU at Shea Theater in Turners Falls
  • 1:00 - 2:00 - Tom Oliver (of Oliver's Cider & Perry, Herefordshire, UK) Answers your questions. A Q&A. Shea Theater, Turners Falls
  • 2:30 - 3:30 - 19th Century Pears, A Ruling Passion. William Lewis’s Pear Orchard, 1861 - 1894, with Christie Higginbottom at the Shea Theater Arts Center, downtown Turners Falls Sunday, November 3rd

Sunday, November 3rd

  • Pruning Old Apple Trees: A Hands-on Demonstration, with David and William Shearer and the Pine Hill All Stars at Pine Hill Orchards, Shelburne
  • Transitions from Conventional to Biodynamic Orcharding: the Biological and Spiritual Realities w/ Mike Biltonen, 10:00-11:30, West County Cider Tasting Room, Shelburne
  • New Salem Preserves & Heritage Cider hosts its Cider and Apple Festival with child-friendly apple pressing. Farm products, along with exhibits from local artisans, will be displayed within the courtyard of the cider mill. We now produce our own line of hard ciders, www.newsalemcider.com, and the outdoor Cider Garden, next to the barn and farm store, will be open all weekend. The Cider Garden overlooks our century-old orchard, with rolling hills, long stone walls and fields of wildflowers.  You will also have the ever-present breathtaking view of the Quabbin Reservoir and beyond. As always a robust offering of free workshops are scheduled for both days (see schedule). From Rt. 2 (Exit 16), take Rt. 202 South to New Salem Center (about 7 miles). At blinking light turn left onto S. Main Street. Follow the apple signs.

1:00 - 2:15 — Beginning and Advanced Cidermaking with April Woodard
11:00 - 12:00— Apple Alchemy: “Blending finished ciders for balance and complexity" with William Grote
12:00 - 1:00 — Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar, with Terry McCue
2:15 - 3:00 — Bring Your Own; Amateur Cider Makers Tasting/Evaluation, Fun & Trouble-shooting with April Woodard
3:00 - 4:00 — Lost Apples of the Quabbin & Pomological Conservation with Matt Kaminsky
All Day — Curated Hard Cider tastings in the Cider Garden with William Grote

  • Art + Apples at LOOT, 62 Avenue A, Turners Falls across from the Shea Theater
    Sunday, 12 - 4
    New paintings by Casey Williams—opening reception
    Hard Cider Tasting by Tandem Ciders
    A showcase of wild apples from across the country organized by Matt Kaminsky of Gnarly Pippins
  • Cooking Demo with Sandy D’Amato of Good Stock Farm, and apple-themed cooking demo with Erika Connell Cooper, Butter & Birch, at Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Deerfield
  • Growing Low Input Organic Cider Fruit with Steve Gougeon at Bear Swamp Orchard & Cidery, Ashfield

Workshops at Shea Theater in downtown Turners Falls

  • 11:30 - 12:30 - Traveling the Cider Road in a Group or Solo with Ria Windcaller & Al Sax at the Shea Theater Arts Center, Turners Falls
  • 1:00 - 2:00 - The Road Ahead: The Future of US Cider, a discussion with the United States Cider Association at the Shea Theater Arts Center, Turners Falls
  • 2:30 - 3:30 - Making Cider with Cannabis w/ Paul Correnty and the Merry Makers at the at the Shea Theater Arts Center, Turners Falls

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