Wassail: An Orchard Celebration!

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image copyright Karen Cater of Hedingham Fair

Wassail – Waes Hael – means “be of good health”.  The Olde English tradition of wassailing, dating back to the 1500s, is a ceremony to wake fruit trees from their winter slumber and scare away evil spirits, ensuring a good harvest.

Join us at the Banfield Park Community Orchard Saturday, January 18th at 3:30 pm. This is an outdoor celebration so dress warm ly and bring a lantern or candle in a jar to light the orchard. I f it rains , the activities will move inside the Community Centre.

3:30pm – Crowning the Wassail King and Queen.

4 pm – The Island Thyme Morris Dancers will lead us in the tradition of singing and toasting to the health of the orchard trees. Bring a noise-maker for the ceremony. Hot mulled apple cider (non-alcoholic) will be served for the toast so please bring a mug.

5pm – Soup and bread will be served after the Wassail ceremony.

Volunteers needed , contact Patti banfieldcommunityorchard@gmail.com

Event hosted by the VicWest Food Security Collective, a project of the VWCA.
…cultivating community by growing and sharing food!


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