Friday, April 13, 2007

Singing to the Trees

Received this e-mail from Elizabeth Ryan, who owns Breezy Hill Orchards in the town of Clinton. Some of you might know her from the local farmers markets or the New York Greenmarket, or from her wonderful handcrafted ciders, or even from her appearances on Martha Stewart's show and Lifetime. Sounds like this will be great fun!

It's that time again, time to celebrate spring and sing to the apple trees, celebrate djurdjevdan and feast in style at the 10th annual Breezy Hill Orchard Wassail!!!! April 28.

This year's gathering will be extra special as we pay tribute to Bob and Alice Messerich, longtime and legendary egg farmers eggstrordinare (sorry), with their incredible free range, hormone- and antibiotic-free vegetarian hens. Please come and join us.

Zlatne Uste, our great Balkan brass band, Romski Boji Seido Salifovski and his Macedonian Rom colleagues and a few more friends will perform throughout the day and night. Drum workshop with Seido at 2, dance workshop at 3, children's wassail and music at 5, and feasting and dancing until late in the night at our beautiful Hudson Valley Orchard near Rhinebeck. A really Slow meal with wonderful local foods and wines, artisanal Hudson Valley foods, on our very working farm.

The usual bonfire and torchlight procession into the orchard. Unlimited camping available and breakfast in the a.m., lots of scholarships, kid and student pricing, $50.00 for the whole event if you are an adult, kids under 6 free, kids under 14 $12.00. No one turned away, large family discounts. Call 845-266-3979 or email Information from last year still posted on our hopelessly outdated website, and the directions do work.

Lots of news to share. (Yes, we are buying the chicken and free-range egg farm down the road from us, yes it is the last egg farm in our county, yes it is exciting and overwhelming.)


elizabeth (MB) Ryan

April 28, 2007
Dinner/dance/wassailing at Breezy Hill Orchard
828 Centre Road in Staatsburg, NY, 12580
Info: reservations 845-266-3979

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