Arts, Entertainment, Grapes and Apples

by Rebecca Schmitz

There really isn’t much going on this weekend in Missoula. I’ve heard vague rumors about some concert on the UM campus tonight, and a small, unorganized parade tomorrow morning followed by some sort of sporting event in the afternoon. Just in case none of those sketchy events tickle your fancy, there are a couple of fun things to do over the next two days. Both involve two of my favorite things, alcohol and food.

The Moon-Randolph Homestead, snugly tucked away in the North Hills, is celebrating the seventh annual Homestead Fall Gathering on Saturday. The century-old homestead and its apple orchard are normally open to the public every Saturday from May to October. But beginning with the cider pressing at 3pm tomorrow afternoon, it’s the setting for a community celebration of burgers, beer and neighborhoods. The homestead is a charming backdrop to an all-ages potluck and fundraiser for the North Missoula Community Development Corporation. The admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 and a salad or dessert to share with everyone. The NMCDC will provide the beverages, soup and burgers. The Gathering is a great cause that’s surpassed only by the good conversation around the bonfire at the end of the evening and the fresh apple cider flowing out of the cider press.

Before the Fall Gathering, and continuing on Sunday, take a short but beautiful drive up the Rattlesnake to Ten Spoon Winery because it’s time for their annual grape harvest. Connie Poten and Andy Sponseller are asking the community to help them bring in the grapes. According to their website, if you bring your own clippers, they’ll provide the really necessary tools. You know, like:

Delicious lunch, beer, wine, soda, music, quirky vine conversations.

I’m hoping “wine” means I can drink their marvelous Flathead Cherry Dry to my heart’s content. Ten Spoon’s harvest will be all day Saturday and Sunday until 5pm. So even if you happen to go to one of those other rumored events mentioned earlier, and find yourself a bit under the weather thanks to four or five too many tailgate parties, you can recover in their vineyard under the autumn sunshine on Sunday afternoon.

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