City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Piperís Orchard Wassail Party coming up January 12
1/10/2013  1:54:00 PM

Piperís Orchard Wassail Party coming up January 12
Join the midwinter merriment - bring a cup and a noisemaker!

Join Friends of Piper’s Orchard and Seattle Parks and Recreation at Carkeek Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 12 for a midwinter Wassail Party.

The party will feature hot apple cider, treats and wassail, a beverage originally made from mulled ale, apples, nuts, spices and curdled cream and drunk in observance of New Year’s Eve and Twelfth Night. Today’s version is usually eggnog or spiced cider. Historians have traced the wassail tradition back as far as the 8th century, and some look on it as the last revel of the holiday season.

The event will also feature the Sound and Fury Morris & Sword Dancers. Morris dancing is a traditional form of English folk dance accompanied by music; dancers often wear bells tied to their knees. Some believe the dance is descended from morisco, mock battles between Christians and Moors that took place in 12th century Spain. For more information on Sound and Fury Morris & Sword, please go to

Friends of Piper’s Orchard is an organization of neighbors and orchard enthusiasts who love Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park. The Friends work with Parks and the Carkeek Park Advisory Committee to foster community support for the orchard. For more information, please go to

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