Crunchy red apples, apple pie and apple cider are among the treats awaiting you at the 24th annual Curran Apple Orchard Cider Squeeze in University Place.
Everyone is invited to join in the fun at the Curran Orchard on Sunday, August 26, from noon to 4 p.m. The orchard is located at 3920 Grandview Dr. W. in University Place.
The public is invited to pick apples from unmarked trees starting at noon. People can also purchase bagged apples for cider or they can take them home to eat. No homegrown or store bought apples allowed. Families/individuals are limited to two crates (approximately one gallon of juice) at a time. Leashed pets are welcome but are not allowed within the pressing area. Get in the pressing line by 2 p.m. to ensure you get a chance to press. Bring containers from home or buy jugs for $1.
Special attractions at this year’s squeeze includes artist/sculptor John Jewell who is creating “Forever Friends,” a life-size bronze sculpture of a young girl offering an apple to a very special horse named Brewster. Jewell will be on hand to meet with visitors and update them on this incredible sculpture and fundraising efforts to honor the legacy of the Curran Orchard. An accomplished sculptor, Jewell’s other works include the fireman at the 9-11 memorial at the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Headquarters in University Place; “Meriwether Lewis and Seaman” at Joint Base Lewis McChord; “Sharing” at Cirque Bridgeport Park; Chloe Clark in Dupont; and “Balancing the Books” at the Pierce County Key Center branch library.
UP for Arts will also be collecting memories about the Curran horses for possible inclusion in a future book. For more info, visit www.upforarts.org.
For entertainment, enjoy foot stomping music by the Sunset Bible Bluegrass Band along with visits from the Big Apple and Johnny Appleseed.
Children’s activities include a “Learn about Brewster the Horse” at the UP for Arts booth where children can create their own version of Brewster. There are also carnival games, face painting and spin art provided by Entertainment Masters.
For refreshment, there will be delicious food, including gourmet burgers, hotdogs, garlic fries and much more from Boss Mama’s Kitchen; popcorn, cotton candy, shaved ice…. and of course, don’t forget to leave room for scrumptious slices of apple pie.
Adult and student (ages 15+) volunteers are still needed. (Students – have fun and get a jump on your community service hours.)