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April 2018

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Closed for Easter Sunday
Closed for Easter Sunday

Happy Easter from our family to yours!  We'll be closed today, Sunday 4/1, in observance of this holiday.  We will otherwise be open for regular hours, Wed-Sun 11-5.

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Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips
Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips

"The state-of-the-art of growing healthy fruit constantly evolves as we more fully perceive the holistic connections between our trees and all the life forces found in the orchard. A good apple is about so much more than simply negating pests and disease! A biologic approach to orcharding relies first and foremost on supporting system health." - Michael Phillips

Growing fine fruit is a complex enterprise, requiring skill and care to produce the best results. Today, our commercial orchards depend largely on chemical assistance to ward off depredations from insects and disease. This can seem daunting to the small or casual gardener, but growing one’s own fruit remains an attractive and rewarding endeavor for many of us. There are many ways to address these issues and Vintage Virginia Apples is delighted to welcome Michael Phillips, the country’s leading authority on organic fruit culture, author of The Apple Grower and Holistic Orcharding for a workshop on orcharding with ecological awareness.  Michael is an energetic proponent of healthy orcharding, exploring a variety of topics such as soil health, alternatives to fungicides, insect management, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators and beneficial allies; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; varietal rundowns of all the major tree fruits, and the newest research on safe, locally-inspired solutions to pest and disease challenges.

To sign up, visit our catalog here.

Registration for this full day class includes lunch.  Michael's books "The Apple Grower" and "The Holistic Orchard" will be available for purchase on-site.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Jim Waive
Jim Waive

Jim Waive, Charlottesville's favorite country gentleman, is joining us again this Saturday afternoon!

Join us, rain or shine, for original tunes and beloved standards from one of the area's hardest working musicians.  Bring your requests, bring a thirst, sit back and relax.

This event is free and open to the public.  Light picnic fare and cider available for purchase.  Pets welcome outside only on leash.

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Patrick & Aaron Olwell and Friends
Patrick & Aaron Olwell and Friends Enjoy this energetic and eclectic Irish jam session at Albemarle Ciderworks, every 2nd Sunday of the month: Patrick & Aaron Olwell and Friends play their fine renditions of traditional tunes from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Cider and snacks available for purchase, or bring a picnic.  No outside alcohol.  All music rain or shine in the tasting room or on the patio.  Leashed pets outside only.

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Blossom Festival 2018!
Blossom Festival 2018!

Celebrate Spring at Albemarle CiderWorks' Apple Blossom Festival!

Saturday April 14, from 2-5 pm, in the tasting room and surrounding fields and orchards at the CiderWorks. The occasion is Spring, and celebrating the beauty of the orchard and outdoors in rural Albemarle county.

The event will feature live music from 2 - 5 pm by Ragged Mountain String Band, cider tastings, lawn games, picnicking and gorgeous spring weather!

Featured attractions:

  • Goat snuggling with the kids of Caromont Farm
  • Cool treats from the Mobilee Delicious food truck
  • Caricature artist Daniel Ryman
  • Vintage VA Apples apple tree sale!
  • Local Foods and Artisan Vendors, including Virginia VinegarWorks, Pettigrew Woodworks, Usborne gardening and nature books, Hummingbird Hill Native Plants, The Glass Turtle jewelry


2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Hard Cider Run Virginia
The Hard Cider Run Virginia What started off as a fun idea to celebrate Albemarle CiderWorks has turned into an annual event that welcomes spring! Dash through the orchard in pursuit of a yummy glass of hard cider! All participants of The Hard Cider Run will enjoy a picturesque 5K run or walk before enjoying a complimentary glass of the good stuff. After, stick around and enjoy a great afternoon at the cidery! Feeling adventurous and, um, hungry? Add on The Hungry Apple option when signing up! We'll have donut stations at every mile-marker for you to enjoy a scrumptious treat. After you cross the finish line, you'll receive the standard finisher's medal as well as the exclusive Hungry Apple medal! Be sure to invite friends and create a team of 4+, as each team member will save $5. Cider, springtime, and friends. Does it get any better?   Packet pick-up is available the day before the race as well as on race morning. Details will be announced this winter.

10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Willie DE
Willie DE

Willie DE is a nationally touring young artist who was born, raised and resides in Central Virginia.

Growing up on Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, he busked on Charlottesville’s downtown mall and outside football games in Charlottesville performing original material and most anything the crowd asked for. At the age of 13 he formed a band called The Wave.  The young band’s success landed them at major festivals like Floydfest where the group took the Main Stage in 2011.  The Wave recorded two full albums and one EP worth of Willie’s original rock songs. To find out more about Willie DE, click here.

Catch him live today in the Orchard Room at Albemarle CiderWorks, 2:30-4:30 pm.  No cover charge, cider and light picnic fare available for purchase.

All music rain or shine.  Pets outside only on a leash.

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Small Town Rodeo
Small Town Rodeo

Small Town Rodeo wrangles a perfect mix of bluegrass, outlaw country, classic rock, americana and newer roots music to please cowboys and city slickers alike. Rich vocal arrangements breathe life into old favorites, and twangy tunes you know by heart go down smooth as a cool beverage in the afternoon sun. Like many of the unexpected pleasures of life in a small town, this isn’t something you want to miss out on.

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm