Woodlawn in collaboration with Healthy Acadia and College of the Atlantic to host an Heirloom Apple Day, Saturday, October 11, 11 am – 5 pm

September 30, 2014

ELLSWORTH: In 1850, there were thousands of named varieties of apples in the state of Maine. On every farm and homestead they were eaten fresh and used for cooking, drying, and for making hard cider. The Downeast Food Heritage Collaborative, a partnership between the College of the Atlantic, Woodlawn, and Healthy Acadia, is hosting an Heirloom Apple Day, Saturday, October 11, 11 am to 5 pm. The morning will feature a series of activities aimed at educating people about this rich history including cider pressing, apple identification, apple tastings and kids’ activities. From 1 pm to 2 pm, author Claude Jolicoeur will give a lecture about Hard Cider: History and Techniques. A book signing session for his recently published book The New Cider Maker’s Handbook, will follow. At 2:30 pm, Seed Saver Exchange orchard manager, Dan Bussey, and Maine apple expert, John Bunker, will talk about American Heirloom Apples: A Lost Treasure. The lecture will be followed by a hard cider tasting. Apple Day is supported by a grant from Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

The Downeast Food Heritage Collaborative is a project of Woodlawn, Healthy Acadia, and the College of the Atlantic with a focus on the food heritage of Downeast Maine. The partnership’s goal is to provide Downeast communities with the opportunity to think about the history of farming so that they can envision a future that includes healthy food produced on local farms. The initial focus on apples is the result of College of the Atlantic Professor Todd Little-Seibold’s class titled “The History of Agriculture: Apples” in which students undertake local historical research on apples and orchards in the area. In addition, Healthy Acadia offers The Apple Project in schools across Hancock and Washington County, inspiring children through apple history lessons, heirloom apple taste tests, and hands-on cider pressing.

For more information about Heirloom Apple Day, visit woodlawnmuseum.org.

Woodlawn is an educational, cultural, and recreational treasure for the people of Downeast ME. The main house is open for tours through October 31st. The public park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. 19 Black House Drive (Surry Road), Ellsworth, ME. For more information please visit www.woodlawnmuseum.org.