Banfield Park Community Orchard Wassail, Jan 17

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Saturday, January 17, 2:30pm

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 17th at 2:30 pm. This is an outdoor celebration so dress warmly and bring a lantern or candle in a jar to light the orchard. If it rains, the activities will move inside the Community Centre.

2:30pm – Crowning the Wassail King and Queen

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

4pm – Feast – Soup and bread will be served.

Volunteers needed, contact Patti banfieldcommunityorchard@gmail.com

Check out our pictures from last year.

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