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Upcoming Talk At Philadelphia’s Pour the Core, October 21st

I’ll be presenting my greatly-expanded talk, “Cider: Pennsylvania’s Once (and Future?) Favorite” at Pour the Core in Philadelphia on October 21st at 2:30.

Hope you can make it out for some cider and cider history!

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Upcoming Cider Talk and Living History Demo at Pennsbury Manor

On Sunday, September 24th, from 1-4 pm I’ll be at Pennsybury Manor in Morrisville, PA for their Beer Brewing Sunday talking about cider.

At 1 pm I’m presenting my ever-evolving talk “Cider: Pennsylvania’s Once (and Future?) Favorite.” Afterwards and until 4 pm I’ll be there with my colonial cidermaking demo talking about the tools and techniques of early American cidering.

Hope you can make it!

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We’ll be in the Bake & Brew House.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Talk on Cider & Prohibition

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On Saturday, October 7th at 1 pm I’m presenting an original talk, “Did Prohibition Prohibit Cider?” at the Sigal Museum in Easton, PA in connection with their new exhibition, The Cat’s Meow: Lehigh Valley in the Age of Art Deco & the Roaring Twenties.

Prohibition is often blamed for abruptly ending American cider, yet it didn’t change our taste for beer, wine, or spirits. Come find out how Prohibition did and did not change cidermaking in Pennsylvania.

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Upcoming Presentation at the 2nd Annual PA Cider Fest

On June 24th at 1 pm I’ll be presenting a new talk, “Never Far From the Tree, or Recent Cider Trends That Aren’t So Recent” at the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Cider Fest.
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For more information and tickets check out http://www.paciderfest.com/

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Upcoming Presentation at Newlin Grist Mill

Newlin Grist MillOn June 10th, at 3 pm as part of the Newlin Series I will be presenting my talk “Cider: Pennsylvania’ Once (and Future?) Favorite” followed by a tasting of select Blackledge Winery ciders at Newlin Grist Mill in Glen Mills, PA.

Advance registration is requested. For questions, or to register, please call 610.459.2359 or email info@newlingristmill.org.

Cost: $5/members, $7/non-members

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Pressing Memories

In the last few months I’ve given my cider presentation, “Cider: Pennsylvania’s Once (& Future?) Favorite” to several civic and museum groups. I enjoy these talks. I get to share a little cider history with folks, I get ideas for new areas to explore or add to the talk, and I even do a little advertising for the Blackledge ciders. Most importantly though, I learn from the audience.

These public presentations are not the place for intense, academic study. Instead, I try to share a survey of cider history and the current growth of cider. Originally this talk was 45 minutes, with a few minutes left over for questions. Over time, I have added information and shortened the program. This leaves time for the Q&A session to be more conversational. This has been interesting to me since it turns out domestic cider production is not as historic as my early-American focus has led me to think.

Many of my audiences are what demographers call “seniors.” Almost all are from Pennsylvania. It wasn’t that long ago that much of the state was heavily agricultural. Making cider on the farm and at home is still within living memory for many. And boy, do they share their memories.

These stories (oral histories, really) are replete with family and neighbors making cider in their basements, barns, and garages. Sometimes they traded their cider locally, sometimes it was for their own use. The memories of picking and pressing apples as children return and with them a surprise that what they did as kids has been done by kids for centuries. As you might expect, there are occasional misconceptions over what their adult memories of their childhood selves think they saw or heard.

Even so, it’s pleasant for them to remember and for me to listen and realize that for some, the  “back then” of cidermaking wasn’t that long ago.

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Upcoming Cider Festival Presentation

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Noon to 4 pm, Saturday, June 25th.

I’m a very last-minute addition to the PA Cider Fest workshop schedule. My presentation, “Old Cider in New Bottles: Researching and Recreating Historical Cider” will be at 2:30 pm.

 

 

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