Medieval Feast – Wassailing of the Apple Trees

This past weekend, Liz and I attended the Medieval Feast at the Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery in Stockholm, WI.  When we left home, the sky was grey but there was no precipitation.  After stopping in a couple of shops in Pepin, WI, where we eventually stayed the night, it began to snow.  By the time we headed to the Cidery, it had snowed about 3 inches.

Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery is located on top of the bluffs that form the Mississippi River Gorge.  There is a long winding hill to climb to get to the top.  We made it halfway up when our tires began to slip.  We were forced to turn around and find another way up the hill.  Luckily, there is another road to get there a few miles up the road.  We’d never taken this road, so we didn’t know what to expect.  It was dark, the visibility poor, and we had to get a running start to make it.  We eventually climbed the hill and made it to our destination — about 20 minutes late.

I’ll share more videos soon, but here’s one that celebrates the Wassailing of the Apple Trees:

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  • Liz Lauterbach

    Good food, good company, and lots of laughs!

  • Barbra Lauterbach

    Really interesting to find out what wassailing is.  How fun to be there on that special night with the fire and the snow.  Great that you two made plans to go.  Love you both.

  • Raun Lauterbach

    When I saw the weather forecast a few days prior, I was hopeful that the snow would hit after we arrived and before the feast was over. It came a little too early, but it made for a memorable evening.

  • Josh Bulloc

    I love these types of activities.

  • Raun Lauterbach

    You could wear your horned hat. It would have been outstanding! Friend or foe? We’d never know! You might have ransacked the whole place!