The Clifford Twp. Historical Society will be hosting an old fashioned, relaxing afternoon wine fest at the Creekside Grove, 1/4 mile east of Exit 206 (Lenoxville) off I-81 with grove owners, Rich and Diane Bidwell.
It will be on Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. It is rain or shine.
There will be a large pavilion and tents on site. This event will be the the main fundraiser for the society's renovation project of the yarns cider mill in Clifford Township.
Apples were in abundance because Adam Miller, the first settler in the Clifford area, planted apple trees through the area. When the Yarns family operated their mill it provided vinegar, cider (hard cider) and apple pulp – all essential commodities in the late 1800s to mid 1900s.
All the original pressing equipment is still in the mill waiting to be brought back into service. During Prohibition and the Great Depression men would ride the rails to Carbondale and Forest City, then walk to area farms where they would exchange a days labor for a a meal cooked by the farmers wife and a "go at the barrel” before bedding down in the hay mow.
Walter Cook said, as a young boy, he could remember several men helping his dad with the farm work for years and years – being paid only the cider kept safe in the cellar of their house. He said each farmer had their own recipe to make a special taste, some used empty coke barrels from the local pharmacy others a special mixture of available herbs and grains. Businesses in town also supplied their workers Clifford cider – a welcome benefit!
The Winefest will bring back those old days. Come in period costume and receive a free gift. Of course there will be wine tasting and hard ciders, regular cider, lemonade and Octoberfest beers to sample and purchase.
The Sunday Social atmosphere of the Winefest will provide horse drawn carriage rides, harp music to totally relax you while you enjoy a massage for your stiff neck, toe tapping old time fiddle music from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., horseshoes, bocci, golf putting, volleyball, croquet, a pumpkin sling, food, a chocolate fountain and silent auction.
Over a dozen vendors will be selling their wares. And local wineries will provide the best of their products!
More info at is at www.cliffordpa.com or call 570-679-2723 or 570-497-0457.
Page 2 of 2 - Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the gate. they are $5 for non-drinkers.
Donated items for the silent auction would be most appreciated. To donate, contact email@example.com.