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February 2020

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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.

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
 
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Willie DE
Willie DE

Willie DE, a nationally touring young artist based in Central Virginia, blends blues, jazz, and rock (mostly rock!) to create a fresh, original sound.

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. No outside alcohol.

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

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Irish Music Ft. Patrick & Aaron Olwell and Friends
Irish Music Ft. 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 2:30-5:00 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.

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Ragged Mountain String Band
Ragged Mountain String Band

High Energy Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo Tunes, Impassioned Songs of Life, Love, Lust, Loss, and a Lot More from the Mountains of the Virginias and Carolinas.

The fine gentlemen of Ragged Mountain String Band are heading your way! Join us, rain or shine, for some of the finest pickin' and singin' this side of the Blue Ridge.

No cover charge. No outside alcohol allowed. Light picnic fare and cider available for purchase. Leashed pets allowed outside only.

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
 
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Open for President's Day
Open for President's Day

Need something to do with your Monday off? Stop by the tasting room for some cider!

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Trivia Night with Andy Marshall
Trivia Night with Andy Marshall

UPDATE: March Trivia Night Cancelled

Come join the fun at our Trivia Night with Trivia Master, Andy Marshall. Test out your knowledge of history, pop culture, and of course, cider! Grab a glass or bottle of cider-you won't want to miss it! This event is free to attend.

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
 
 
Tara Mills
Tara Mills

Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rich musical traditions tied to them, Tara Mills describes her music as, " original mountain americana;" an original blend of folk, bluegrass, and americana.

Writing and singing most of her life, it wasn't long before Tara picked up a guitar and taught herself how to express the melodies in her head through her songs and hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Influenced by bluegrass, old country, and traditional mountain folk, she creates an original sound that captures true human feeling and emotion.
Based out of Charlottesville, VA, Tara plays and writes in a couple of different musical projects.

Music is from 2:30 to 4:30, rain or shine, no cover charge. Cider and light picnic fare is available for purchase.

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Pruning 101 Workshop
Pruning 101 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.

This class is structured to take orchardists from the planting of the nursery tree, through the early years of training and pruning, into lifetime maintenance, rejuvenation, and even bringing old or feral trees back into production.  We'll go over basic pruning cuts and strategies, do's and don'ts, and tool selection and maintenance, all peppered with anecdotes from lifetime practitioners.  We'll touch on pruning for stone fruits as well.  The first portion of this class will be conducted indoors, followed by a foray into the orchard for live demos.  Sign up for this workshop to have your name entered in the drawing for the classroom demo tree!

Micheal Lechance instructs. (Bio below)

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

To register, click here.

Instructor Bio:   Michael Lachance first became interested in orchard and vineyard production while an undergraduate student in his native Missouri, balancing schoolwork with various work experiences on historic farms located along the Missouri River there.  He has both a BS degree in horticulture and soils, and a MS in entomology from the University of Missouri.  He came to Virginia in 1986 to research pests in fruit at Virginia Tech.

Michael retired in 2017 from Virginia Cooperative Extension after a 26-year career, providing pest management and horticulture programs for farmers and homeowners in central Virginia.  His work in Extension allowed him to also address small farm business management, intergenerational land transfer, forage production, and resource conservation. Michael has held statewide positions for the Virginia’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program, the Virginia Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Programs and is past president of the Virginia Natural History Society. 

He now teaches as an adjunct for horticulture courses offered at J Sargent Reynolds Community College, continuing his advocacy or pesticide use reduction, and designing protected habitats for beneficial insects & pollinators in public use areas, homes and agricultural landscapes.  He is the current educational committee chairperson for the Rockfish Valley Foundation which operates natural history center and park in Nelson County.  He is also vice-president of the Elizabeth A. Nolting Charitable Foundation, a 550-acre historic farm in Louisa County that dates back to 1790.

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John Rimel (with Brian Rimel)
John Rimel (with Brian Rimel)

John Rimel is an award-winning songwriter from Central Virginia, with credits including songs featured on seven Top 10 Billboard albums, Country Music Song of the Year, and an album under consideration for a 2019 Grammy. John performs his original repertoire (an eclectic mix of Americana, blues, rock, folk, country, bluegrass, and gospel) in an acoustic duo with Brian Rimel. The paired down presentation of piano and acoustic guitar, highlighted by family harmony, affords the listener an intimate musical experience and, best of all, a chance to hear his songs as they were written. More information available at http://www.johrimelmusic.com and https://www.facebook.com/johnrimelmusic  

No cover charge, cider and light fare available for purchase.  No pets inside, please.

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm