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Cidery Cinema - The Princess Bride
Cidery Cinema - The Princess Bride

For February we invite you to embark on a journey of comedy, romance and villainy.
Just grab your favorite pillow and blanket, and settle in with our favourite story teller as we hear about the adventures of Westley and his trials to search for his beloved Buttercup.

All are welcome. Light bites, movie snacks, and cider will be available for purchase. but once the seats are gone, they're gone.

Indoor seating will be provided, all with excellent view of the screen.

Doors Open at 6 pm,The film will begin promptly at 7 pm on Friday, February 2nd and runs ~ 1 hour and 38 Minutes. Feel free to come early for a glass of mulled cider or a themed drink.

Tickets are available on our website and at the door until they sell out!

Admission: $10

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Live music in the Orchard Room: Sue Harlow
Live music in the Orchard Room: Sue Harlow

Come and join us for Live Music and sip some cider with Sue Harlow.

Sue Harlow is an Americana-Folk Singer/Songwriter whose haunting vocals delve into the depths of what makes people real. A thread of emotion runs through Sue's music and binds together life's moments. Sue's songs cut down to the bone and take you on a journey of human heartache and heartbreak to hope and healing to joy and love. It makes you feel something, a brief glimpse of what lies in all of us that carry us through what we call living and this fragile thing we call life.

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Friend Speed Dating
Friend Speed Dating Friend speed dating is a light-hearted social event, designed to bring people together and help form new friendships. During this event, participants rotate through a series of short conversations, giving them the opportunity to meet new people and see if there is a spark. Speed-dating, but platonic and female-focused. Come sip cider (alcoholic or non) and expand your social circle! This particular after-hours event will be for women+ (individuals who identify as female or femme. This is an inclusive event!). Arrive early to grab a drink, and stay after to mingle with your new connections.When: Friday, February 9th, 2024
6 - 6:30pm: Doors open
6:30 - 7pm: Event begins
7-8pm: Mingle
Tickets $10 & includes a drink (click here to purchase your ticket!)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Music in the Orchard: Mojo Pie
Live Music in the Orchard: Mojo Pie

Grab a glass and join us for live music by Mojo Pie!

Mojo Pie was created when Susan Munson invited Frank Bechter to a songwriters workshop, and they've been bringing harmonies to wineries, restaurants and events in Central Virginia ever since. Both have been featured artists in Charlottesville's First Night Virginia and Jason Burke's Six-Pack Songwriter Series, and they make up 2/3 of the acoustic trio Oh Wow, Boy! Susan also rocks many a stage with Alligator, Jeebus, and Mama Tried, as does Frank with Das Homage, The Good Guys, and Her Checkered Past

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
live Music In The Orchard: Irish Music
live Music In The Orchard: Irish Music

Enjoy this energetic and eclectic Irish jam session every 2nd Sunday of the month. Patrick & Aaron Olwell and friends play their fine renditions of traditional tunes all afternoon.

  • Light bites and hard cider will be available for purchase by the glass, bottle, or flight.
  • Outside food is welcome; feel free to bring a picnic!
  • ABC laws prohibit the consumption of outside alcoholic beverages

*Musicians will setup in the Orchard Room during inclement weather

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Live Music in the Orchard: LUA Project
Live Music in the Orchard: LUA Project

Enjoy live music by Lua Project!

Lua is a cultural pollinator, bridging musical styles from different continents and different centuries. They write about contemporary themes, about families, and people and work and loss, but draw on the musical traditions of their own families' past. The music is inspired by Mexican Son, Appalachian song forms, Jewish and Eastern European tonalities, baroque melodic ideas, and Scotch-Irish narrative storytelling approaches. They strive to create a repertoire that constitutes new traditional music that they will be able to pass down to their children to experience, transform, and pass on.Grab a glass and relax the weekend away in musical bliss!

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Live Music in the Orchard: ZUZU's Hot 5
Live Music in the Orchard: ZUZU's Hot 5

Join us for an afternoon of live music

Zuzu’s Hot 5 is Pete Vigour (swing guitar), Doug Bethel (trombone), Brandon Rose (trumpet), Sam Green (upright bass), Paul Rosen (mando), and Susanna Rosen (vox, ukes).Zuzu's Hot 5 plays a "hot and sweet mixture of tunes that still sound exciting 90 years after they were written"- you don't want to miss it!

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

Albemarle CiderWorks will be open on Monday 2/18/24 for President's Day.

11:00 am to 5:00 pm
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.

9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Live Music in the Orchard: The Wavelength
Live Music in the Orchard: The Wavelength

Enjoy live music by The Wavelength!

The Wavelength is a consortium of Charlottesville's finest musicians. Led by vocalist/harmonica Waverly Milor, they perform vintage rock, blues, originals and more. The Wavelength is professional, passionate and is known for highly engaging shows!

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Silent Book Club
Silent Book Club

Sip cider and read in quiet camaraderie. No assigned reading, no obligations. Bring your own book of choice. This is a free social event hosted in our Orchard Room.

We are excited to be Charlottesville's second chapter of Silent Book Club, an international organization bringing bibliophiles together. Read more about this event concept at Silent Book Club's website.

February 25th
March 24th
April 27th

12:30 Arrive early to order food/ drinks/ chat
1-2pm Reading
2-3pm Mingle (or keep reading)

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm