Mt Joy Orchard Volunteers Host Two Public Events on Saturday, February 24, 2024


Mt. Joy Orchard Volunteers Hosting Two Events on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

A Close-up of the Ten Year Old Mt. Joy Orchard on the East End of Portland from Washington Avenue.

Mt. Joy Orchard from Washington Avenue. In the Background is Bayview Heights Apartment Building.

The volunteers of Mt. Joy Orchard are hosting two events on Saturday. February 24th at the Orchard on the East End of Portland according to Aaron Parker, a professional landscaper, who has been a volunteer at the Orchard since its start ten  years ago this May..

The first event is at 2:00 pm.  It is an annual pruning workshop of the trees in the Orchard.  Bring pruning tools if you have them.  The workshop consists of a one (1) hour pruning tutorial followed by plenty of time to practice with guidance from experienced pruners.

The second event kicks off the FIRST ever Winter Wassall at 5:00 pm the same day.  Inspired by folk traditions, we will share hot cider, food and songs in honor of the trees that bring us joy and health.  Family friendly, too!

Please bring a mug and/or a bowl plus spoon, a snack or a song to share.

Ten years ago this May 21, sixty students from the East End Community School across the street from the Orchard, attended a celebration of the completion of the Orchard – bringing the total up to 45 apple trees.  The celebration was led by Jeff Tarring, then city arborist who retired last year from that post.  Joining Jeff in the celebration was John Bunker, of FEDCO, who donated many of the apple trees.

Winter can be so isolating for some.  So, this is a great way to meet your neighbors, learn a new skill and enjoy the best mulled cider in Cumberland County!  For more background information on the Orchard, please read post herein dated May 21, 2014.