Date(s) - 14/01/2018
Heartwood Farm & Cidery
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As the Twelve days of Christmas come to a close, the age-old tradition of wishing wassail (Old English for “be whole”) to neighbours and friends turns toward wishing good health to the whole community of life on the farm. For centuries, the apple trees of the cider orchard (particularly in southern England) have been honoured with special wassail celebrations in mid January. Communities gather for the local Orchard Wassail festivities: circling a bonfire, wearing colourful costumes, reciting traditional blessings, whooping and hollering to scare away the apple blight, hanging cider-soaked toast in the branches to feed the birds, drinking to the health of the trees, and generally making-merry in the orchard.
We invite you, our Heartwood friends and supporters, to help us Wassail our orchards and our farm animals. On Sunday, January 14, 6:30pm gather at our farm store for warming drinks. At 7pm our Procession Master and Town Crier Andrew Welch will lead us to the barn and orchard for a magical evening of traditional merry-making to bring health and abundance to our farm for the coming year.
Attendance is free, but must be booked in advance — space is limited to 25 people. Sign up on Eventbrite, or call Val for more info at 416-527-4432.
*Please arrive between 6:30 and 7pm as we will start shortly afterwards. Please note- this event is best uninterrupted, so arriving on time is greatly appreciated by those organizing and performing.
**We will be outside for a part of the evening so dress appropriately but expect to be outside for about an hour (weather dependent of course! It’s it’s very cold we’ll shorten our time in the orchard!).
***Heartwood Wassail — our version of the traditional mulled, hard cider, can be purchased along with our other farm store offerings before and after the festivities.
Looking forward to sharing this age old tradition with you! Cheers!