“A Day of Apples and Art,” the first “traveling” event for a proposed New England Museum of Apple and Cider, will be held at Sholan Farms in Leominster, Massachusetts, Saturday, September 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The day will feature plenty of fresh cider and early season apples, presentations about cider and the early varieties, a demonstration with an antique cider press, plein-air artists painting throughout the orchard, a hands-on painting workshop for children, live music, food, and more. More than one dozen early apple varieties will be available for display and sampling.
“We are thrilled to be launching the museum idea at Sholan Farms,” says Russell Powell, executive director of New England Apple Association and author of America’s Apple, Apples of New England. “The proposed museum will be a way to mark New England’s unique place in the history of apples and to continue to connect families to apple orchards and the new, booming cider industry in the region. It is fitting that it will be in Leominster, birthplace of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed).”
“We are delighted to host this historic event, and we are looking forward to getting people out to our beautiful orchard to showcase the many varieties available this time of year,” says Joanne DiNardo, president of Sholan Farm’s board of directors.
Admission is free and open to the public. Updates will be posted on newenglandapples.org.
The traveling museum will make stops at orchards around New England over the next two years with unique events that celebrate the history and future of New England apples and cider. The proposed museum is a project of the nonprofit New England Apple Association. It will be the first of its kind in the country.
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