Medieval Feast & Wassailing of the Apple Trees
December 1, 2012, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Single Tickets: Adult $50, Child (12 & under) $25
Group Tickets (6 person min.): Adults $40/ea., Children (12 &under) $15/ea.
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Location: Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery, W12266 King Lane Stockholm , WI 54769
Call 715 448-3502
Seating is limited. Early bookings are recommended. Credit cards accepted.
(Payments by personal check accepted, but must be received within one week of booking or your reservation will be cancelled.)
Your presence is requested at the annual Medieval Feast & Wassailing of the Apple Trees at Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery on the 1st of December in the year 2012. Join us and your fellow revelers to enjoy the unique sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Medieval feast of a five-course dinner and special Wassail beverages prepared by our heralded feast chef, cider and wine stewards. Enjoy:
Wassailing of the Apple Trees
Enjoy the old English tradition of Wassailing through the orchard, and partake of the fruits of our harvest around a crackling bonfire!!
Toast the apple trees with one of our great hot wassails. You might even try floating toast in your drink! Enhance your revelry and cheer with Wassailing games and songs.
Wassailing has been associated with Christmas and New Year as far back as the 1400s. It was a way of passing on good wishes among family and friends.
Apple trees were sprinkled with wassail to ensure a good crop. Villagers would gather around the apple trees with shotguns or pots and pans and made a tremendous racket to raise the Sleeping Tree Spirit and to scare off demons. A toast was then drunk from the Wassail Cup.
This custom was especially important during a time when part of a laborer's wages was paid in apple cider. Landlords needed a good apple crop to attract good workers. Wassailing was meant to keep the tree safe from evil spirits until the next year's apples appeared.
One of the most popular Wassailing Carols goes like this:
Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wassailing,
So fair to be seen:
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too,
And God bless you and send you,
A happy New Year,
And God send you,
A happy new year!
Today the wassail songs are being sung again at farms and pubs in several parts of England and here in Wisconsin and other places in North America by people who decided to revive the old custom of blessing the crops and singing to good health. For more information about Wassailing, click here.
Feast & Lodging Packages
Check lodging listings below for their full menu of features!
Journey Inn, an eco-retreat
W3671 200th Avenue
Maiden Rock, WI 54750
Maiden Rock Inn
N 534 County Road S
Maiden Rock, WI 54750
Spring Street Inn
N2037 Spring Street
Stockholm, WI 54769