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Solar Eclipse Campout & Cider Tasting
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 10:00 AM – Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 1:00 PM PDT
To celebrate the solar eclipse happening August 21, 2017, we've decided to host a campout to help raise funds to build out our new barn/tasting space for our forthcoming cidery! This is the first total solar eclipse to happen since 1979 and our farm happens to be right in the flight path, the Willamette Valley is predicted to be one of the best places to view it because of our sunny summers & scenic views.
We plan to have a cider release party for our new ciders on Saturday night, August 19th, 2016, and open up our upper field to camping for the weekend for people traveling through the area. We plan to offer all of our 7 cider & perry products to taste for $10 a flight (FYI our cider is fermented and alcoholic!) We will likely have some music and food available too, but we are still teasing out the details. You can buy a ticket to just the cider tasting, just the campout or both. We plan to limit camping for this event, tent, car camping and RVs are allowed, but we are charging a per person fee of $20/per person per night, kids 15 & under are free.There are other fun things being planned in our area too, I'll update our website page when I know more info.
Our plan is still evolving, but we wanted to start getting the word out there for people planning their trip as we've heard there is a need for camping. Right now, we only have field camping available, but we are working on our 'glamping' options too. We won't have any events here during the eclipse as we have the lower part of the farm booked for an event already. Camping guests are welcome to stay and watch it here in the upper field or travel to many of the destinations hosting viewing parties nearby.
A little about the farm- it's close to 50 acres with a gorgeous view of the Oregon Coast Range, and right between the small towns of Sheridan & Willamina. We are certified organic, we raise sheep, apples for our cider & hay in the rest of the fields. We host a music festival in July called Wildwood MusicFest and host an occassional wedding or two. The upper field where the camping will be held has great views but also has very little shade. It can get hot in August during the day, but usually cools down beautiully when the breeze comes in and can actually get quite cool. The space is very large, about 10 acres, so people can spread out, spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis.(I bet the shady treeline will up first!) The field is fairly smooth, but is still a hay field, so expect a few bumps here and there (i.e. wear practical shoes)
We are kind, respectful, friendly and low key and we expect the same from our guests. A couple of logistics/rules: There are no fires or charcoal BBQs allowed as it is a dry hay field and fire danger is super high in August. We may set up an area that people can have propane grills if there is a need, feel free to message me about this. We are pet friendly, but ask that dogs be friendly and remain on leashes (for the most part) and people pick up after them. Keep in mind there are many predators in the area- eagles, coyotes & bobcats and we have a couple of old farm dogs that can be prone to a bit of roaming, especially to beg snacks from guests out in the field! Bathrooms will be porta potties, we will not have a shower available at this time, but we will have a non-potable washing station. Alcohol is allowed for 21 and over, but unruly guests will be asked to leave without a refund. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. No drones or weapons please. Garbage & recycle cans will be provided and emptied regularly, but we hope that people use them and watch thier micro garbage (things like the dreaded water balloon). Both of the nearby towns have grocery & convenience stores where you can get your supplies & help stimulate our local economies too!
If you have any questions please call or shoot me an email.Thanks!