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.
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, and authors may stop by for a signing (schedule to be announced).
- 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.
- 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
- Tasting of Hard Cider Varietals (10 - 4 Sat/Sun) — West County Cider Tasting Room, Shelburne
- Cider tasting and tours (12 - 5 Sat/Sun) - Carr's Ciderhouse, 12 Mt. Warner Road, Hadley
Thursday, October 31st
- Pre-Event Workshop on Thursday, 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
- 25 Years of Cider and CiderDays exhibit at the Discovery Center in downtown Turners Falls - more info to come
- Apple and Orchards art exhibit in downtown Greenfield - discover apple and orchard-themed art from Franklin County artists in this gallery show in downtown Greenfield - more info to come
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
- 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.
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
2:30 - 3:30— Apple Alchemy: “Blending finished ciders for balance and complexity" with William Grote
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
- 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 Ferments are my Cider Making Bag with Tom Oliver (of Oliver's Cider & Perry, Herefordshire, UK), and Friends at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls
- 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
Shea Theater in Turners Falls
- 11:30 - 12:30 - Reconstructing the Apple Family Tree w/ Dr Cameron Peace, 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
- 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
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