Guests can kick off the fall season with a Folk Music and Celebration of Cider event, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. While enjoying the sights and sounds of the Village, visitors can settle in for live folk and Americana performances from local bands including Fox and the Dragon, The Meadows Brothers, On the Trail, Drown Your Boots, Local Freight, Laura Lee Imhoff, Evan Couture, and The Midnight Anthem (subject to change).
Several participating cideries will be serving up hard cider, while costumed historians from Old Sturbridge Village educate visitors about the history of cidermaking and demonstrate its production. While hard cider will only be available to those 21 and over, this is an all-ages event.
Also taking place Saturday, Sept. 24 and into Sunday, Sept. 25, is Apple Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village. New England’s fall staple is the apple, which is put front and center as guests taste antique apples, tour the heirloom apple orchards, watch an ox-powered cider mill in action, and see how apples were used in cooking in the household. The event is included with standard daytime admission to the Village or membership and takes place during normal operating hours.
In October, weekends at OSV will celebrate the harvest as farmers and households busy themselves with the tasks of the season, including apple picking, bringing in the harvest, preparing the fields for winter, and preserving the gardens. The month will begin by Kicking Off The Harvest on Oct. 1 & 2, with hands-on harvesting, picking and preservation activities. October 8, 9 & 10 brings Agriculture Fair Weekend, which recreates a 19th-century Cattle Show and Exhibition of Domestic Manufacture. Finally, the month ends by Celebrating the Harvest on Oct. 22 & 23, as gardeners pull the last crops from the ground and preserve the vegetables or cook them up for enjoyment. Harvest weekends are included with Standard Daytime Admission to the Village or Village membership.
The public can participate in the fall fun from afar by entering this year’s Virtual Home Gardener’s Exhibit. Entries can be anything grown in the 2022 season – vegetables, flowers, herbs, and more, and don’t have to be of heirloom variety. They must be grown by the exhibitor, arranged and photographed and will be posted online by the weekend of Oct. 22 & 23. Tips for arranging an award-winning entry can be found on the OSV website. Submissions are due by Oct. 11 and winners will be awarded in a variety of categories, as judged by a panel of expert horticulturalists.
Throughout the fall, the newly opened Ox & Yoke Mercantile will be offering locally produced, specialty foodstuffs for sale, including cider vinegar, cider syrup, apple butter, and more. See the full fall lineup at: https://www.osv.org/fall-2022-at-the-village/.