Sunday, January 11, 2015

First Annual Orchard Wassail in Williamson, NY

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A wassailing we will go! A wassailing we will go!

Apple Country Spirit - Tree Vodka
First Annual Orchard Wassail
Saturday - January 17, 2015 
5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
3274 Eddy Road, Williamson, NY 14589

Live music
Food and spirits can be purchased at the event
Bonfire in the orchard
Singing to the trees, and Lots of fun!

Apple Country Spirits will offer their own Rootstock Hard Cider and...
A commemorative Orchard Wassail pint glass is available for purchase along with cider or beer or without. Local New York State wine, local craft beer, and a choice of three cocktails offered as well.



What is wassail you ask?  According to Wikipedia, in Old English - wassail  is a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk during wassailing; a medieval southern English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest the following Autumn. The word wassail comes from the Anglo Saxon phrase "waes hael", which means good health.

The purpose of wassailing is to wake the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits. Ceremonies vary from region to region in southern England, which are still held annually today.

Wassailing

An incantation is recited over and over such as:    
Old apple tree, old apple tree;
We've come to wassail thee;
To bear and to bow apple endow;
Hats full, caps full, tree bushels bags full;
Barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs.

A wassailing Queen will place toast soaked in wassail in the trees for the birds (tree spirits) to show the fruits created by the previous years harvest. A shotgun is then fired to scare away any evil spirits. The crowd sings and shouts, bang pots and drums to make sure the work is done. 

This ancient English tradition still takes place annually on January 17 (Twelfth Night).

A wassailing we will go! A wassailing we will go! Hope to see you there!
Make it a weekend get away at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast.

For more information on this event go to: applecountryspirits.com