Wassailing is an annual tradition that involves blessing orchards to ensure a good harvest for the year to come. The celebrations involve music, song, dancing and a recognition of what orchards give to us. It dates from the Anglo-Saxon era, traditionally taking place on the Twelfth Night, but now wassails take place between early December and February. Wassail is a beverage made from hot mulled cider and spices and will be served on Friday, December 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Glebe House located in the historic heart of Woodbury Connecticut.
Wassailing, like many other folk traditions, is a way for people to mark the turning of the seasons. Participants at the Glebe House’s wassailing event will gather around a warm fire and enjoy this iconic holiday beverage while listing to the joyful sounds of the season. Wassail is indeed both a noun and a verb. Mostly it is a salutatory celebration of a long year as you gather with those you cherish and raise a glass of good cheer to toast to a healthy, happy new year and enduring friendships. For wassail is, first and foremost, a salute.
Another highlight of this event is that The Glebe House Museum’s Main Floor will be set for the holidays, and open for viewing and the purchase of holiday décor. Each Guest will receive a “treat” box and a choice of beverages including warm Wassail, hot chocolate, apple cider, and sparkling water. This is the time to enjoy Yuletide Caroling with The Yuletide Singers and the company of friends, old and new alike, as we celebrate the joys of the season.
Admission is Adults $25, Members of the Glebe House $20, Children (6-12) $10, and Children (5 and under) are Free. Advance Tickets are available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054FAAAC2CA1FF2-anoldfashioned . Tickets will also be available at the door, and payable by cash or check. The rain date for this event is Friday, December 10th.