For Immediate Release:

September 21, 2022

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Sarah Martin
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Emily Klamm
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Fall at Old Sturbridge Village Brings

Apples, Cider, Harvest and Folk Music Events to Center Stage

Sturbridge, M.A. – Fall is a busy and bustling time at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV), with weekend events taking place Sept. 24 through the end of October. The events shed light on the autumn activities of the past and of today, including a Folk Music and Celebration of Cider event, Apple Weekend, and Harvest Weekends taking place throughout October.

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:


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About Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village, first opened to the public in 1946, is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. It is the largest living history museum in the Northeast, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021. Each year, more than 250,000 visitors interact with costumed historians, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings - including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms, restaurants, shops and three water-powered mills.

Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., Old Sturbridge Village is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Daily admission is: $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $14 for College Students, $14 for children ages 4-17, with children 3 and under admitted free. Admission includes free parking. Village Members receive free standard daytime admission. For details, visit  
Old Sturbridge Village is also the managing partner of Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, R.I. Members at OSV receive reciprocal membership at Coggeshall Farm Museum.
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