Applestock returns to Sequim to ring in the fall with the orchards at Williams Manor opening up once more to bring cider, live music and entertainment to the community.
This year, the benefit event is raising donations of canned goods and financial support for the Salvation Army.
“They’re a group that’s doing a lot of great work in Clallam County,” said Mark Schwartz, event organizer and Williams Manor host.
“Anything we can do to support what they do is a good thing in my book. We’ll collect Toys for Tots, socks, gloves, razors, and non-perishable food and snacks for the Salvation Army food cupboard.”
The event runs 4-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, and then noon-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the manor’s orchard, 4043 Sequim Dungeness Way. Admission is a canned food donation.
In addition to volunteers running several cider presses to pass out cider to attendees, the event features live music both days, including the Bread & Gravy Duo, Malcolm Clark, the Free Rangers, the Simonson Sisters, Jonathan Simonson and his Band of Bones and the Ronnie G. Band.
The “Open Mic Allstars” from the Rainshadow Cafe will also be putting on a performance Saturday night.
“We’re really excited to have all these bands that are important to the area,” Schwartz said. “And the open mic group is going to be a lot of fun.”
There will also be a special ceremony on Friday night with a bonfire to welcome international students attending Peninsula College this year.
The Williams Manor bed and breakfast is one of the original Dungeness homesteads and is home to an orchard of 30 apple trees, many of which date back to the early 1900s and grow rare varieties of apples. Cider presses will be on-site for visitors to sample, or bring a clean container to take some cider home.
Additional parking is available at Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane. The event is free to attend with donations accepted in-between band sets.
For more information, contact Schwartz at 360-460-3763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.