Freshly made apple cider, apple treats, live music, and guided hikes through the woods and prairie are highlights of Cider Sunday at Wehr Nature Center, Sunday, Oct. 5, from noon-5 p.m. Wehr is located in Whitnall Park at 9701 W. College Ave.
Admission includes a variety of family friendly activities. Using a hand-crank cider press and sampling the results, learning how apple butter is made over an open fire and taste-testing the final product, hiking the multi-hued woods, and listening to the music of the Bluegrass All Stars are all included in the $3 admission. Some make and take fall crafts are included with admission, and others have a small materials fee.
An assortment of apples will be available for sampling and for purchase. Four varieties of apples can be sampled for a small fee. Patterson Orchards & Farm Market of New Berlin will be selling selections from their 33 varieties of locally grown apples. The distance from orchard to market is under four miles.
To keep families fueled for the afternoon, a variety of food items will be available for purchase. Sweet treats include slab apple pie, sweet apple crepes, and chocolate-apple brownies. Lunch-menu items will also be available.
Friends of Wehr presents Cider Sunday as an annual fundraising event the first Sunday in October. An old-fashioned cake walk, a cross between a raffle and musical chairs, yields homemade cakes to the winners. General proceeds support the programs of the Nature Center. This year a fall themed silent auction and raffle will support the Accessibility Project at the Nature Center.
Inspired by the well-received Accessible Viewing Deck donated by the Todd Wehr Foundation, the Friends of Wehr would like to continue to improve access to the Center and its natural areas for visitors with limited mobility. Parking for the event is $3 per car.
For more information, call Wehr Nature Center at (414) 425-8550.