Apples first arrived in the Americas in the 1600s and were grown to make everything from cider, sauce and pies to apple butter. By the early 1800s, farmers in the United States were producing some 15,000 different kinds of apples, bearing names like Maiden’s Blush, Blue Pearmain, Bellefleur, Duchess of Oldenburg, Seek No Further and Esopus Spitzenburg. Over time, orchards grew fewer and fewer varieties; eventually eighty percent of our “heirloom” apples stood on the brink of extinction. Heirloom apples are now experiencing a renaissance as more and more orchards plant these traditional varieties to preserve their genetic heritage—the root of the fruit’s rich and varied colors, textures and flavors. Using photographs, illustrations, historical interpretation and compelling narratives, this exhibit explores the story of heirloom apples and shows how you can bring your old trees back into production, with a special feature on how this has been accomplished at Whitman Brook Orchard in Quechee, Vermont. The exhibit also features stunning images of fifteen watercolor paintings of heirloom apples from the USDA's historic collection of pomology watercolor images. This exhibit and the ongoing restoration of Justin Morrill’s orchard are collaborative efforts between the Friends of the Morrill Homestead and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Exhibit Patron: Mascoma Savings Bank. Underwritten by Dead River Company and E.C. Brown’s Nursery, Inc. LOCATION Justin Morrill State Historic Site 214 Morrill Memorial Highway Strafford, Vermont 05072 Contact: email@example.com Website: https://www.morrillhomestead.org/news-events/2017-programs-events-exhibits/#12 Phone: 802-765-4288
DATE & TIME Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:30-7:30pm EVENT DESCRIPTION Hone your watercolor technique while painting the landscape of the Morrill Homestead and its environs. Participants become immersed in the art of watercolor while surrounded by the palette of autumn. Bring your painting materials and creative energies! (Materials list provided upon registration.) Instructor Jennifer Brown is a longstanding illustrator for Stave Puzzles, teaches art at The Sharon Academy and is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. She studied watercolor painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, Art New England—Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bennington College and AVA. She exhibits with Long River Studios and Strafford Arts. LOCATION Morrill Homestead Education Center, Grounds and Environs 214 Morrill Memorial Highway Strafford, Vermont 05072 FEE $65. REGISTRATION Please preregister: • Phone: 802-765-4288 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Online: https://store.morrillhomestead.org/product/continuing-watercolor-painting-workshop-with-jennifer-brown-adult/
Welcome the arrival of autumn with hands-on programs highlighting Vermont’s essential fall crops. Lend a hand pressing cider and making pumpkin and apple ice cream, take the apple tasting test, have fun with pumpkin bowling and apples-on- a-string, and stop by the farmhouse kitchen as we cook apple butter on the woodstove. Don’t miss a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm.
Celebrating small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, handspinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items and local meat and cheese. The festival includes contests, fiber arts classes and demonstrations, shepherd workshops, herding and shearing demos, fleece sale and more, set against a backdrop of rolling hills during the peak of Vermont fall foliage.