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March 2020

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Pruning Intensive
Pruning Intensive

This class is limited to 8 participants, so sign up early and please do not attend without a registration.

Jim Moniz teaches a hands-on pruning workshop. Classroom instruction is combined with work in the orchard to give examples of different pruning techniques.

Topics include:

    Anatomy and Physiology
    Principals of Training Young Trees
    Responses to Various Cuts and Manipulations
    Pruning Throughout the Life of the Tree


(Strongly) Suggested background for participants:

    Have trees that have been planted for at least one year
    Have some basic knowledge of pruning (either through our Pruning Workshop or through their own study)

Please dress for the weather, including warm boots!  Bring sharp and clean pruners, loppers, or small hand saws if you have them, VVA will have some loaners for the class as well, or you may wish to purchase tools in our tasting room.  Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch, or you may order one through VVA for an extra $10.  To sign up, and to place your lunch order if needed, please call us at 434 297 2326, or e-mail fruit@albemarleciderworks.com.  Space in this workshop will be limited to 8 people.

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

To Register, Click HERE.

10:00 am to 3:00 pm
 
Driftwood Radio
Driftwood Radio

Driftwood Radio is a virtuosic exploration of melodic and rhythmic themes, influenced by flamenco, blues, tango, and imaginary folk music traditions. The performance includes complex guitar compositions, existential lyrical impulses, and boomerang loop arrangements.

Guitarist Miles Pearce has studied classical, jazz, folk and popular styles, Hindustani classical music, flamenco, Brazilian samba, Argentine tango, South Indian Karnatic vocal music, West African rhythms, composition, music theory, ethnomusicology, and experimental music.

https://www.driftwoodradio.com/

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
 
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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.

2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
InCider Event - Chocolate Pairing & Shipment Pick Up Party
InCider Event - Chocolate Pairing & Shipment Pick Up Party

**InCider Club Members Only**

We’ll be doing a special Gearharts Fine Chocolates and cider pairing Friday, March 13th from 5-8pm. We believe Gearhart’s makes some of the best chocolate Virginia has to offer, and we’re pleased to offer them in our tasting room.

Stop by anytime between 5 and 8pm that evening to pick up your March shipment and see how wonderfully these fine chocolates pair with our ciders!

**Not a member of our InCider Club? Click the link below for details!
https://shop.albemarleciderworks.com/InCider-Club

Our InCider Club currently ships to:
Virginia, DC, California, Florida, Minnesota, & Alaska

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
 
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 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, along with a copy of our grafting handbook. Extra rootstock and scion 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- please make sure they are sharp!  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.

9:00 am to 12:00 pm
 
Live Music: John Kelly
Live Music: John Kelly

John Kelly is a Charlottesville-based singer songwriter with more than two decades of solo acoustic performing experience. He began his music career in his native Connecticut and played regularly there and in New York City before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, Now a regular on the Central Virginia singer songwriter circuit, John has become known for his soulful voice and insightful original songs. In late 2019, he will release a new album, “In Between,” produced by Rusty Speidel and featuring a set of ten songs that cover a range of topics, from the complexities of the world we live in today to family and romantic love and more. “In Between” was engineered and mixed by James McLaughlin at Mountainview in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Catch him in the ACW tasting room on Saturday from 2:30-4:30.
No outside alcohol allowed. Leashed pets allowed outside only.

Photographer: Jack Looney

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CANCELLED - Live Music: Sue Harlow
CANCELLED - Live Music: Sue Harlow

Join Sue Harlow in the Orchard Room for an afternoon of live and local music.

Sue Harlow is an Americana-Folk Singer/Songwriter whose haunting vocals delve into the depths of what makes people real...emotions, losses, loves, and hopes. Sue's songs draw on the particular part of the Americana genre that tells stories of how it really is, and really was, and touches on the places in people's lives that they can relate to. 

Give her a listen here.

Music 2:30-4:30 pm, rain or shine, no cover charge.  Cider and light picnic fare available for purchase.  No pets inside, please.

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
 
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Successful Biological Orcharding
Successful Biological Orcharding POSTPONED to Spring 2021 Message from the Sheltons: Due to recent concerns over travel, this workshop will be postponed to next Spring. Please keep an eye on our website for a specific date in the upcoming months.

Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard, will join us on March 28th for a workshop he describes this way: "Fascinating biological connections make for a healthy orchard ecosystem. All insect pests and fruit tree disease – whether fungal or bacterial – have launching points and particular timing. Healthy trees address these challenges first and foremost from within. Growers utilizing an ongoing investment in soil nutrition and biodiversity set the stage for gentler organic sprays to grow a successful fruit crop. The challenges you face at your locale will become far more manageable as you build a holistic system that keeps trees and berry plantings healthy from the get-go."

The program will include information on organic planning through the orchard year, including site selection, system health, holistic fungi, and dealing with a host of common orchard pests. The day will consist of classroom lectures followed by hands-on time with trees, with many opportunities to ask questions of Michael.

Lunch included. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions at least two weeks prior to the event.

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

Click HERE to sign up.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
 
CANCELLED - 6th Annual Apple Blossom Festival
CANCELLED - 6th Annual Apple Blossom Festival

Join us on March 28 for our annual Blossom Festival! The Pollocks will be providing the tunes and Clover Top Creamery will be providing goats for cuddling! Local craft and food vendors will also be on hand.

Food Truck:
FARMacy LLC

Vendors:
Clover Top Creamery
Cutie Pies
JBird Supply Coffee
Jolly Ollie
Karen Eide Studios
Red Root & Co
You're In Luck Farm
& more!

The festival kicks off at 1pm. See you there!

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 
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