This weekend we went to Lakewood, Colorado for the annual Cider Days festival. It’s become something of an October tradition for our family to attend this old-fashioned event — now in its 35th year — which celebrates so many of the things we love: old cars, tractors, antiques, homesteading skills demonstrations, arts and crafts booths, carnival food, pie-eating contests, live music — and plenty of sweet, crisp apples.
One of the first stops we make each year at the festival is the cider tent for fresh-pressed apple juice. There are several old hand-cranked presses set up for people to try, and the apple juice doesn’t get any fresher than this:
There are booths set up along the paths at Lakewood’s Heritage Center. Here we got up close and personal with a horned owl at the Wild Wings Environmental Education booth:
Volunteers show off old-fashioned textile skills like lacemaking:
This volunteer demonstrates the bygone skill of rug hooking. She cuts strips from old wool clothing to create the ‘yarn’ that she carefully hooks through burlap to make a rug. These days we call it recycling, but even a century ago it was common to repurpose precious fabric scraps for everything from doll clothes to rugs to quilts.
Fittingly, a huge old apple tree stretches its branches at the east side of the Lakewood Heritage Center:
As a single mom I sometimes wrestle with whether I should break down and invest in the high-tech games and electronics my son enjoys so much at his dad’s house. After I tucked him into bed on Saturday night, we shared our day’s Highs and Lows and my son practically shouted, “Cider Days!” for his High. I’m glad the old-fashioned attractions of this festival resonate with him, and I know deep-down that our kids usually truly enjoy spending time with us, being outside in the fresh air — and simply having fun.
In my next posting, I’ll share a recipe for an easy apple dessert. Until then, enjoy these glorious autumn days!