The aroma of apples and spices mixed with the scent of wood fires and falling leaves marks a change of season and the celebration of Apple Week at Sauder Village in Archbold.
From Tuesday, Sept. 18, through Saturday, Sept. 22, guests will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy apple-related activities throughout the village. The week will include cider pressing, apple cooking demonstrations, apple-themed activities, and Saturday apple butter making.
Throughout the week, the village’s 130-year-old wooden press will be put to use to make apple cider. Guests can also watch apple drying demonstrations and apple cooking in many of the historic homes, and try samples of apple butter from the Barn Restaurant. There will be apple-themed activities for young guests to enjoy at Little Pioneers Homestead. Throughout the week, guests can also watch beekeeping presentations, animal programs, goat milking demonstrations, play with Lincoln Logs, among other activities. On Saturday guests can help press apples into cider with an old-time, hand operated cider press! Guests can also enjoy a variety of delicious apple treats while visiting Sauder Village. There will be apple dumplings, apple pies, apple fritters and other tasty treats for guests to purchase.
Produced in the fall as a way to preserve part of the apple crop, apple butter was historically a community project – bringing families and neighbors together each fall. Again this year, guests of all ages will gather to celebrate this time-honored fall tradition at Sauder Village.
On Saturday only, apple butter will be cooked in a copper kettle near the Stuckey Home in the Pioneer Settlement Area. Guests can enjoy apple schnitzing demonstrations and then watch as gallons of apple cider and bushels of the thinly sliced apples are simmered over an open fire and stirred until the mixture reduces to form the thick, sweet spread.
“Surviving the winter was a year-round activity for our ancestors,” said Kim Krieger, public relations. “Crops were planted, food was harvested, meat was hunted, and all was preserved with an eye towards the long winter months ahead. That is what our costumed staff focuses on in the fall, especially during our Apple Week.”
Saturday, September 22 is also Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Museum Day Live event. A nationwide event, Museum Day Live allows free admission to Sauder Village to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live ticket or admission to other participating museum or cultural institutions. Museum Day Live represents Smithsonian’s commitment to making learning and knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.
Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants across the country. Museum Day Live tickets may be downloaded at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live ticket will gain free entrance for two people at Sauder Village. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.
For more information phone 1-800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.