18th Annual Apple Butter Celebration

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Skyland (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive)
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


NOTE: 2018 Apple Butter Celebration details are still being finalized, but check out our 2017 details below for an idea of what to expect!

Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National ParkCome to Skyland as the staff sets up the copper kettles and stokes up the fire for a day of apple boiling. Watch the process, give the kettle a stir, try a delicious sample, and take home some fresh-from-the-kettle jars of apple butter!

Our chefs will be creating a great menu of items such as Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich with Apple Spiced BBQ Sauce, Hotdog with Apple Relish, Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers, Smoked Pepper Chili Cornbread, Cole Slaw, Baked Apples, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Apple Fritters à la Mode, Apple Cobbler à la Mode, Apple Turnovers, Apple Strudel, and Hot and Cold Apple Cider.

Wine and hard cider tasting, pony rides, children’s crafts, and live entertainment are also featured throughout the day!

Stay at Skyland (mile 41.7 & 42.5) for convenient, in-park lodging closest to the activities! Or, there's also Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51) not too far down Skyline Drive. But, book now, because rooms fill fast!

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Click Tab below to view our 2017 lineup:

10:00 - 11:30 AM
DragonFyre
DragonFyre - Shenandoah National ParkJourney back to Ireland, Scotland, and Wales while you listen to this Celtic Quartet's smooth ballads, jigs, and polkas. DragonFyre offers up their selections on bagpipes, fiddle, accordion, guitar, and mandolin - interlaced with lively vocals. Members are Dave, Bob, Deborah, and James. The band is based in Stafford, VA.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Shenandoah Valley Cloggers

Shenandoah Valley CloggersThe Shenandoah Valley Cloggers Inc., formed in 1984, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Appalachian clogging, a distinctive form of American folk dance, which encompasses many different traditions of step dances with Scottish, English, Dutch and German roots. To entertain a variety of ages, the troupe’s music includes everything from bluegrass, to country, to pop, to old time rock ‘n’ roll. Since 1984, the troupe has been performing Tuesday evenings from April through October at Skyland in Shenandoah National Park. The troupe is made up of 14 dancers, ranging in age from mid-20s to late 60s, all focused on their love of clogging and the enjoyment of entertaining.

1:00 - 3:15 PM
Ransom Harmony

Ransom HarmonyRansom Harmony is a Country and Bluegrass 5-string band from Central Virginia. Frances Sukley is 13 years old on the fiddle, Jared Morris is on the bass, Kati Sukley is 17 years old on the mandolin, Olivia Cardine is 17 years old on the banjo, and Toni Clare is 15 years old on the guitar. They’ve performed mostly in their home state from restaurants and private parties to the Culpeper State Theatre, but they have had big shows in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee and Middletown, Pennsylvania. You will love their style and Harmonizing voices.

3:30 - 4:30 PM
Natural Grass

Natural GrassThe Natural Grass Band was formed in the summer of 2006. After “jamming” with musicians from both sides of the Blue Ridge, Debbie Zinn brought some of her “music buddies” together to perform throughout the northwestern region of Virginia. Natural Grass’ repertoire consists mainly of traditional bluegrass favorites from many years ago, from the likes of Bill Monroe, Reno & Smiley and the Stanley Brothers to name a few. They have performed at various events over the years including festivals, conference retreats, banquets, cookouts and church events.
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park

Apple Month

We didn't want the celebration to end with our Apple Butter Festival, so we've created September exclusive menu specials and culinary events for Apple Month!

We're celebrating the Shenandoah Valley's apple harvest with September exclusive farm-to-table menu specials crafted by Chef Jeff for the Pollock Dining Room!

Apple Month - Shenandoah National Park

Breakfast

Caramel Apple Waffle
Belgium Waffle, Cinnamon Apple Compote, Apple Butter Whipped Cream, Maple Syrup, Caramel Drizzle

Lunch

Apple Harvest Burger
8 oz Local Ground Beef, Cheddar Cheese, Granny Smith Apple Slaw, Apple Butter Spread, Pretzel Roll

Dinner

Glazed Salmon
Seared Sockeye Salmon, Apple Butter Maple Glaze, Golden Raisins, Sautéed Baby Spinach, Rice Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetable

We're celebrating the Shenandoah Valley's apple harvest with September exclusive farm-to-table menu specials crafted by Chef William for the Spottswood Dining Room!

Apple Month - Shenandoah National Park

Breakfast

Apple Pancakes
Apple Butter, Whipped Cream

Lunch

Apple Pork
Pulled Pork, Apple BBQ Sauce, Apple Slaw

Dinner

Pork Ribs
Apple Smoked, Apple BBQ Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables

Old Hill Hard Cider - Shenandoah National Park

Delicious and natural, familiar and flavorful, the Shenandoah Valley grown apples from Showalter’s Orchard – family owned and operated business since 1965 – has brought back the American tradition of hard cider. Using carefully selected apples of heirloom cider-specific varieties, their artisan Old Hill Hard Cider is made from 100% apple juice with the added benefit of being gluten-free.

DATE
LOCATION
VENDOR
Sept 14
Skyland Old Hill Cider

Apples are Awesome in September

There are apple orchards all around the park and we've built out a few maps for you and choice locations to find this delectable fruit on your way to and from the park.

NOTE: The National Park Service neither approves nor endorses the services or facilities outside the park area.

Apple Orchards - DC to Skyline Drive

High Places Orchards
121 Winesap Lane
Flint Hill, VA 22627
540-635-5537

  • Pick-Your-Own: Virginia Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), McIntosh (Sept), William's Pride (Sept)

Williams Orchards
3 Williams Farm Lane
Flint Hill, VA 22627
540-675-3765

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Virginia Gold (Sept), Stamen (Sept), Winesap (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Rome (Oct), Arkansas Black (Oct), York (Oct)

Roy's Orchards
64 Old Hollow Road
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8636

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Nittany (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct), Pink Lady (Oct), Winesap (Oct), Winter Gala (Oct)

Thornton River Orchards
11587 Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8585

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Braeburn (Sept), Empire (Sept), Rome (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct)

Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse
17768 Honeyville Road
Timberville, VA 22853
540-896-7582

  • Pick Your Own: Home to over 20 varieties of apples, including antiques, and Old Hill Hard Cider! Pick Your Own varieties change weekly as their fruit ripens thru the season, so contact the orchard directly to see what varieties are available during your visit!
Apple Orchards - Winchester to Skyline Drive


Marker-Miller Orchards

3035 Cedar Creek Grade
Winchester, VA 22602
540-662-1391

  • Pick-Your-Own: Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Empire (Sept), Empire (Sept), Rome (Sept), Nittany (Sept), Stayman (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct)
  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Yatika Fuji (Sept), Ida Red (Sept), Jonagold (Sept), Crispin (Sept), Enterprise (Sept), Cameo (Oct), Pink Lady (Oct)

Rinker Orchards, Inc. (opens mid-September)
1156 Marlboro Road
Stephens City, VA 22655
540-869-1499

  • Pick-Your-Own: Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Ida Red (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Nittany (Oct), York (Oct), Rome (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct)

Williams Orchards
3 Williams Farm Lane
Flint Hill, VA 22627
540-675-3765

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Virginia Gold (Sept), Stamen (Sept), Winesap (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Rome (Oct), Arkansas Black (Oct), York (Oct)

Thornton River Orchards
11587 Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8585

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Braeburn (Sept), Empire (Sept), Rome (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct)

Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse
17768 Honeyville Road
Timberville, VA 22853
540-896-7582

  • Pick Your Own: Home to over 20 varieties of apples, including antiques, and Old Hill Hard Cider! Pick Your Own varieties change weekly as their fruit ripens thru the season, so contact the orchard directly to see what varieties are available during your visit!
Apple Orchards - Charlottesville to Skyline Drive


Carter Mountain Orchards

1435 Carters Mountain Trail
Charlottesville, VA 22901
434-977-1833

  • Pick-Your Own: Virginia Gold (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Jonagold (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Granny Smith (Oct), Stayman (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct), Pink Lady (Oct), Winesap (Oct), Winter Gala (Oct)
  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Jonathan (Sept), Rome (Oct), Crispin (Oct), Albemarle Pippin (Nov)

Graves Mountain Farm
141 Apple Tree Lane
Syria, VA 22743
540-923-4231

  • Pick-Your-Own: Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Mutsu (Sept), Rome (Oct), Stayman (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct), Empire (Oct), Winesap (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct)

Roy's Orchards
64 Old Hollow Road
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8636

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Nittany (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct), Pink Lady (Oct), Winesap (Oct), Winter Gala (Oct)

Thornton River Orchards
11587 Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8585

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Braeburn (Sept), Empire (Sept), Rome (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct)

Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse
17768 Honeyville Road
Timberville, VA 22853
540-896-7582

  • Pick Your Own: Home to over 20 varieties of apples, including antiques, and Old Hill Hard Cider! Pick Your Own varieties change weekly as their fruit ripens thru the season, so contact the orchard directly to see what varieties are available during your visit!
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