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/
Meet Vermont wood artisans while shopping for products at Billings Farm & Museum. Watch modern and traditional wood demonstrations by professional woodworkers on the farm grounds. Meet the animals as you learn about Vermont farms and forests. Get out and explore the trails at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park! Enjoy hands-on, family friendly activities at the Farm and National Park. Food and live music. Wagon rides, woodcrafting, forest tours, horse logging, demonstrations and more. Something for everyone!
Even if you’re not familiar with this type of music, this is not a program to miss. The combination of this vocal group and the amazing acoustics of our very own town house is something special. Wrensong is preforming this concert as a fundraiser for the Town House spire repair project. The concert is $10.00 at the door. Wrensong is a group of accomplished singers drawn from Vermont's Upper Valley communities who are devoted to presenting the best in small group choral music, with a particular focus on the vocal treasures of the Renaissance. Wrensong's repertoire ranges from the secular to the religious, and concerts often include narration aimed at giving audiences a context for listening with understanding. Wrensong has performed in many venues around Vermont and New Hampshire, including concerts and devotionals at the Vermont State House, and in services at Harvard's Memorial Church.
Come celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday! Bring the whole family to a harvest festival at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site. Features face-painting, live music by Out on a Limb and an apple pie contest with prizes that include gift certificates to popular local businesses. Meet live farm animals—the kind that Justin Morrill would have had on his small 19th-century farm. Make your own cider in an antique press, taste heirloom apples, fine artisan Vermont Cheeses, Vermont ice cream and homemade apple pie. Play period games, hike the lookout trail and play Valley Quest. Also includes gardens, exhibits, an icehouse, ice pond and a historic home decorated with gingerbread designs. The musical group Out on a Limb plays a selection of music from Hank to Hendrix—from old timey banjo and fiddle tunes thru jazz standards. Featuring Rick Barrows (mandolin and vocals), Bob Totz (Guitar, Harmonica trumpet and Vocals), Melissa Desiervo (Banjo, clarinet and vocals), Steve Glazer (guitar and vocals), Erin Smith (fiddle, bass and vocals) and Paul Kifner (Bass and vocals). This event sponsored by Bushway Insurance Agency; Flint, Blake & Boles Roofing; Lake Sunapee Bank; Kate Cassidy of Four Seasons-Sotheby’s International Realty. REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. PARTICIPANTS CAN PAY WHEN THEY ARRIVE If you prefer to register beforehand, please preregister: • Online: https://store.morrillhomestead.org/product/19th-century-apple-cheese-harvest-festival-apple-pie-baking-competition/ • Email: email@example.com • Phone: 802-765-4288