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February 2014

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First Saturdays with Jim Waive at Albemarle CiderWorks
First Saturdays with Jim Waive at Albemarle CiderWorks

Join us the first Saturday of every month for the unique country stylings of local favorite Jim Waive.  Rain or shine in the tasting room or on the patio overlooking the orchard.  Games on the lawn in fine weather, light fare is available or bring a picnic, bring your family, bring a friend! 3-5 pm, no cover charge, no outside alcohol please.

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Wassail! A Very Special Second Sunday with Patrick & Aaron Olwell and Friends
Wassail! A Very Special Second Sunday with Patrick & Aaron Olwell and Friends

Here We Go a-Wassailing!  Join us at Albemarle CiderWorks for an evening of song, dance and cider in the orchard.

“Let every man take off his hat 
And shout out to th'old apple tree 
Old apple tree we wassail thee 
And hoping thou will bear.”

Traditionally, Wassails were held in orchards at the beginning of the New Year to wake up the cider apple trees, scare off evil spirits, and welcome good luck for a fruitful harvest.  Wassailers would parade out to the grandest tree in the orchard, accompanied by music, torches, and cider, and hang offerings of toast soaked in cider in the branches. 

Come out Sunday, February 9th, and help us get our orcharding year off to a rousing start!  Patrick & Aaron Olwell and Friends will lead the way with music and light.  There will be plenty of mulled cider to warm cold hands, and plenty of proper cider to fortify timid revelers.  Bring noisemakers- drums,pots, pans, tambourines- for waking up the trees, and dress warmly.  Regularly scheduled music from 3-430 pm, Wassailing at 430 pm.  There is no cover charge for this event, and music will be rain or shine.

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Pruning Workshop
Pruning Workshop

Careful pruning ensures a more bountiful harvest. Find out how much to prune, where to make the pruning cuts, and when it should be done. Tom Burford and the Vintage Virginia Apples staff instruct.

Cancellation Policy:  For refund, cancellations must be received 10 days prior to event.

Click HERE to sign up.

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Valentine's Weekend with Fiona Balestrieri at Albemarle CiderWorks
Valentine's Weekend with Fiona Balestrieri at Albemarle CiderWorks

 

Fiona Balestrieri's music defies genre categories.  Trained and versed in everything from traditional Irish music to rock and middle eastern styles, it's a musical adventure every time she plays.

Bring your Valentine, treat them to a special sweet (& gluten free!) treat from Claudia Gibson Catering, toast each other with a glass of apple bubbly.  Music is rain or shine in the tasting room, no cover charge.

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Grafting Workshop
Grafting Workshop

Since apples do not reproduce true from seed, propagation depends on grafting the desired variety onto a reliable rootstock.   Expert hands-on instruction by Tom Burford and the Vintage Virginia Apples staff will introduce you to the fine art of grafting.  Each participant will graft two trees from a choice of scionwood from the Vintage Virginia Apples collection to take home with them.  A copy of The Fruit Grafter's Handbook is included in the price of the workshop. Extra rootstock will be available for sale after this workshop. 

If you have them, feel free to bring a pair of handheld pruners and a grafting knife.  If you do not have these tools, there will be several available during the class to practice with or you can purchase your own when you arrive.

Cancellation Policy:  For refund, cancellations must be received 10 days prior to event. 

Click HERE to sign up.

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Araña y Compas at Albemarle CiderWorks
Araña y Compas at Albemarle CiderWorks

Araña y Compas , or Spider and Compass, are Megan Sprague and Miles Pearce.  "Influenced by flamenco, middle-eastern, and popular music styles, they bring a unique and dynamic sound to the stage." Their complex percussion and guitar arrangements and captivating vocals are the excuse you've been looking for to spend an afternoon in Charlottesville's bucolic countryside.  Join us from 3-5 pm for cider and live music, rain or shine in our cozy tasting room.  No cover charge, no outside alcohol please.

Sample their music at http://www.aranaycompas.com/music/

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm