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6th annual Wassail at the Poet and Patriot pub
January 25 @ 1:00 pm
Join us for our 6th annual Wassail at the poet and Patriot Pub in downtown Santa Cruz.
Live music by The Apple City Slough Band starting at 9pm
Tons of ciders on draft and cider specials all day
What is a Wassail?
What is a Wassail anyway?
Wassailing is an old English custom celebrated mainly in the
cider-making areas of Somerset and Herefordshire,
the idea being to protect the cider apple trees
from evil spirits and to encourage a good crop in
the coming season.It takes place on or around January 17th,
the old twelfth night.
What generally happens is that pieces of toast soaked in cider are
placed around or in the oldest or finest tree in the orchard,
cider is poured around the base then shot guns are fired into the upper branches,
buckets are beaten and a general cacophony of noise made to scare away evil spirits
and wake the sleeping trees.
Our annual Wassail at The Poet & Patriot
may not involve shotguns and buckets to bang on,
but it is our chance to make some ruckus and get rid of those
nasty evil spirits by drinking fine ciders and
enjoying some great music by some of our local favorites.
Cheers to another year in the
apple orchard and another year of great ciders!
“Huzza, Huzza, in our good town
The bread shall be white, and the liquor be brown
So here my old fellow I drink to thee
And the very health of each other tree.
Well may ye blow, well may ye bear
Blossom and fruit both apple and pear.
So that every bough and every twig
May bend with a burden both fair and big
May ye bear us and yield us fruit such a stors
That the bags and chambers and house run o’er.”