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 from Sept. 19-23 at Sauder Village in Archbold .
Throughout the week, a 130-year-old wooden press will be put to use to make apple cider. There will be many other apple-related activities taking place, including apple-drying demonstrations and apple cooking in many of the historic homes. There will be apple-themed crafts, stories, and other apple-themed activities for young guests to enjoy. Throughout the week, guests can also enjoy beekeeping presentations, meet the animal programs, goat milking and others.
On Saturday, guests can help press apples into cider with an old-time, hand-operated cider press. There will be apple dumplings, apple pies, apple fritters, and other tasty treats for guests to purchase.
On Saturday only, the delicious 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. Samples of the homemade apple butter will be available for guests to enjoy.
“Surviving the winter was a year ‘round activity for our ancestors,” said Kim Krieger, media 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 23 is also Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Museum Day Live. A nationwide event, Museum Day Live allows free admission to Sauder Village to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live ticket (or other participating museum or cultural institutions). Museum Day Live represents Smithsonian’s commitment to making learning and knowledge accessible to everyone.
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 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.