Finnriver Celebrates World Apple Day with Entertainment and Education on the Farm

Location: Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Chimacum, WA 98325
Time:  World Apple Day events 11-4; Taste, Temptation & Spells: 5-7pm

Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum, WA, invites the community to a free, family-friendly celebration of World Apple Day on Saturday, October 19th.  

World Apple Day was initiated by the British community organization Common Ground in 1990 to help promote “local distinctiveness” and honor the unique apple and orchard heritage of different places.  The event has since been continued by people organizing hundreds of local events. “Common Ground has used the apple as a symbol of the physical, cultural and genetic diversity we should not let slip away. In linking particular apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness…” (

The first Apple Day was on October 21, 1990 in Covent GardenLondon.

Finnriver seeks to bring this tradition to the Olympic Peninsula and invites the public to enjoy a day of entertainment and education on the farm. Overall, our goal is to create a great community event that celebrates the season of autumn, our local agricultural heritage and our regional apple abundance.  Finnriver co-owner Crystie Kisler says, “Part of the Finnriver mission is to welcome people onto this land and offer positive experiences of life on the small family farm.  The apple is a classic and beloved Washington fruit that we are happy to honor since it is adored in so many forms.”

Food, hard cider and apple juice will be all available for purchase.

The line-up of activities includes:

  • Woodfire pizza by Dented Buoy, 11-4

  • Baked apple desserts by the Fireside at Port Ludlow, 2-4

  • Old Fashioned Apple Pressing demos:  all day

  • Hot Apple Chai-der, a special blend of Dragonfly Chai and apple juice

  • Artisan hard cider tasting in the Finnriver tasting room, all day

  • Brown Farm Antique Apple Orchard Tours at 1:30 and 3:30

  • Sound and Fury Morris Dancers: traditional English country dancers: 12:30-1:00, 2:00-2:30

  • Live music by Blue Sol & guests throughout the day

  • Sing-along with Songlines Choir at 1:15

  • Apple identification & tastings with regional apple ambassadors: Lori Brakken and Drew Zimmerman, 11-4

  • Apple art & games throughout the day

The World Apple Day celebration concludes with an adult cocktail event and performance in the Finnriver outdoor pavilion, exploring the myth, magic and mystery of the apple. The performance, titled Taste, Temptation and Spells: Apples in Folktales, Fairytales and Myth is presented by local storyteller Brian Rohr Storyteller. The event goes from 5-7 pm (for 21 yrs and over) and the $12.50 ticket includes cider cocktails and an apple treat.  See detailed release below.

Calling All Apples Campaign:

Last year, Finnriver began a “Calling All Apples” event last year and collected over 2,000 pounds of local apples which we fermented into a hard cider with a community mission — 10 cents of every bottle sold goes to the local Food Bank Association. For the second season, Finnriver is inviting folks from across the North Olympic Peninsula to bring their “funky” backyard apples to Finnriver as donations to our Farmstead Cider Project. Some apples are just too bitter, bruised or bizarre to eat, but these extra earthy varieties can make a wonderful hard cider full of complexity and character.  Starting October 1, people can bring their apples to Finnriver and add them to the big bin by the barn.

 Then on Saturday, October 19, we will also have apple drop-off bins at the following spots in

Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Chimacum, Quilcene and Port Ludlow:


Alderwood Bistro

The Pourhouse

Chimacum Corner Farmstand

Resort at Port Ludlow

Quilcene Village Store

Finnriver Farm presents a World Apple Day event:

Taste, Temptation and Spells: Apples in Folktales, Fairytales and Myth

An evening with Storyteller Brian Rohr

Saturday, October 19th 5-7pm

$12.50 ticket includes stories, cocktails and apple pastries.

Tickets available at:

This October 19th, in honor of World Apple Day, Finnriver Farm presents Taste, Temptation and Spells: Apples in Folktales, Fairytales and Myth – an evening of stories by local Storyteller Brian Rohr.  In this performance, Rohr will explore the magic and mystery of the apple in the ancient tales.  Be it tempting the first people with profound wisdom or the dark magic sometimes embedded in its tasty flesh, this seemingly innocent fruit has a darker and more complex (and delightful) history than the Pink Lady will often let on upon first meeting.

Story will go from 5:30-6:30pm.  Please join us for cocktails and other apple delights, included in the entry price at 5pm before the stories start.  This is a 21 and over event.

The event is held in the Finnriver outdoor pavilion so dress for all weather and we suggest you bring coats, hats and blankets in case of cool weather.

The story-telling event is the culmination of a day of free activities on the farm for World Apple Day, including apple experts, orchard tours, games, art projects, music and country dancers.  The World Apple Day events are open to all ages from 11-4. Woodfire pizza, cider and wine will be available for purchase.  Note: The storytelling from 5-7 is for adults only and is a ticketed event to ensure seating.

About Brian Rohr:

Brian Rohr is a storyteller, writer, poet and healing arts practitioner who resides in the Pacific Northwest.  It was in 2007 when he met mythologist and master storyteller Daniel Deardorff whose artistry convinced him to give up the steady life as a Massage Therapist in Chicago and move to our small rural town of Port Townsend, WA to be mentored in the art and magic of performative mythology and storytelling.  

Brian is an active Board Member of the Mythsinger Foundation.  More can be found at:


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