AppleJack 2022 Allows ‘U-Pick’ From Variety of Events – Nebraska City News Press
Julie Davis, Cherry Road Media
The 54th Annual AppleJack Festival in the Nebraska City will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to “UPick” among the wide variety of art exhibits, craft exhibits, museum events, library activities and festival highlights to create a memorable visit during both festival weekends.
The first festival weekend of this year begins with a special preview event from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 when a group of downtown vendors offer AppleJack-themed treats and drink specials. as well as the chance to start the festival off with some local shopping.
Participating merchants include CRUSH Boutique, Little Things Boutique, Nebraska City Florist, Self Expressions Gallery, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Boutique in the City, and Sass and Frass/Rose and Blaine. Merchants are located within the 600 to 900 blocks of Central Avenue. Art Exhibits and Demonstrations Art lovers can take advantage of Nebraska City’s brand new downtown mural for selfies. Abril Ortiz painted a nature scene with trees, apples, flowers, insects and birds using a special Mexican art style. The mural is located at 706 Central Ave.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, will be offering special festival times to view its current exhibit, “The passage verbatim” by Jave Yoshimoto. Gallery hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, September 16 and noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.
Self Expressions Gallery, 819 Central, will be offering a weekend-long artist meet during the first weekend of the festival. Gallery hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Local musician Nicole Carbajal will perform live from 2-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Keeping Room, 717 Central Ave.
On Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, Union Orchard will host an AppleJack art exhibit at 2405 S. Hwy. in Union.
From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, Splinters and Smudges, 814 Central Ave., will offer visitors the chance to paint an apple-shaped magnet. On Saturday, a 15-minute class will be offered on painting apples in watercolor from 10 a.m. to noon at the same location. Craft Fairs Continuing the Apple-Jack tradition of providing visitors and residents with the opportunity to purchase handcrafted items, the 2022 AppleJack Festival will feature five craft fairs and a downtown flea market on the first weekend. end of the festival on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. Show locations are: AppleJack Festival at Steamwagon Enterprises Farm, 5585 H Rd. Times will be 9am-4pm Saturday. Sweet Pickins in Lourdes! Craft, Vendor, and Makers Market at Lourdes Central Catholic, 412 2nd Ave. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Making memories at Pumpkin Ridge at Ramold Pumpkin Farm, 815 N. 60th Rd. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Craft Show at the Eagles Club. 600 1st Course. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Love, the Makers Market at the historic barns of Arbor Day Farm, 2611 Arbor Ave. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and $5 admission will be charged.
The AppleJack Flea Market will be set up downtown from 3rd to 5th Street on Central Avenue from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18. Hours will be 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Museum Events Museums in Nebraska City won’t be left out for AppleJack activities, as several of them are hosting special events during the first weekend of the festival.
The Civil War Veterans Museum, 910 1st Corso, will host an exhibit on the Confederate submarine, CSS HL Hunley, Friday through Sunday outside the museum building. Exhibit hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all three days.
The 1st Nebraska Brass Band will perform a concert at the museum at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, and the museum will be the site of a 1 p.m. presentation on Sunday by Dr. Dan Holtz on “Literature Fights and Re-Fights the Civil War .” The 18th Annual Lewis and Clark Meeting will be held Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 at the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, 100 Valmont Dr. Visitors are invited to view the new keelboat, the Erv Friesen, and see an exhibit of wildlife photographs on display in the museum in addition to participating in living history activities on the museum grounds. Outdoor activities are free, entrance to the museum will be charged to those who enter the building. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Wildwood’s Historic Center, 420 Steinhart Park Rd., offers “Let Us Entertain You” during the first weekend of the festival, as the historic house will be the site of poetry readings in the dining room, piano performances in the living room and reading children’s books upstairs. , as well as silent films and popcorn in the center’s classroom.
The Kregel Windmill Factory Museum, 1416 Central Ave., will host its first “Community Kregel Talk” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday during the 143rd Founders Day celebration. Attendees can learn about upcoming projects the museum has planned, as well as how the museum was saved by community volunteers. Library Activities The Morton-James Public Library, 923 1st Corso, will present a used book event on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, during regular library hours. Voluntary donations will be accepted for volumes in the library’s used book collection.
The library will host a book signing and author talk from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, September 16, featuring author Rachel Brupbacher, who will discuss her new book, “Nebraska’s Carl Milton Aldrich and the Arbor Day Song “. The book chronicles the life of Otoe County resident CM Aldrich, who was one of Arbor Day’s most influential. continued on page 2 ential promoters in addition to managing the Morton-Gregson Co. for 30 years.
The library will also be hosting a free apple tree craft at 10 a.m. on Saturday for youth and their families. Festival Highlights The first weekend of AppleJack, September 17-18, will be the traditional AppleJack weekend with the Heritage Needlework Guild Quilting and Sewing Show, the Fun Run, the Extreme Bull Riding, the River City Carnival, the Pancake Feed, the Parade (including the annual marching band contest), water barrel fights and the River City Classic Car Club car show on the program.
The annual Heritage Needlework Guild quilt show will be open from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, September 16 at Bethel Church, 2400 Central Ave.
The fair, which will be open throughout the first weekend of the festival, will present textile art objects from local and regional designers. This year’s exhibition will feature works by Phyllis Masters and Lois Whitehead.
Saturday hours are set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 17 and Sunday hours are set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 18. The suggested donation for admission is $5.
The River City Carnival will return to its regular, usual location on Central Avenue east of 6th Street for the first weekend of the festival.
“Carnival just adds that extra piece,” said Tammy Partsch, Nebraska City’s director of tourism and commerce marketing. “It’s the exclamation mark of two major events of the first weekend.”
Preparation for the carnival will begin late Thursday evening, Partsch said. The River City Carnival hours of operation will be 5-11 p.m. on Friday, September 16, noon-11 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 18.
Extreme Bull Riding will feature the Luke Mills Band on Friday September 16th and Saturday September 17th. Gates at the Hidden Falls Cabins and RV Park, 6124 Steinhart Park Rd., 5 p.m. both nights, with bull riding beginning at 7 p.m.
Mutton Bustin’ entries will take place from 5-6pm both evenings, followed by a draw for riders at 6.30pm
Saturday’s events will include the annual Fun Run, with registration opening at 7 a.m. and race start time set for 7:30 a.m. in Steinhart Park.
Also at 7:30 a.m., the annual Pancake Feeding begins at the Nebraska City Fire Station. Partsch said the flapjacks will fly again as the Pancake Man is scheduled to return to Nebraska City for this event.
The Huskers football show will air in downtown Nebraska City on Central Avenue speakers until 1 p.m., when the AppleJack Parade descends on Central from 16th to 6th Streets.
Partsch said the parade route will end differently in 2022 than in previous years. Marching bands will meet their buses after turning right on 6th Street to avoid crossing Carnival, and buses will be parked at 1st through 4th Corsos for student pickup.
The annual water barrel fights, a fundraiser for the Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting, are scheduled to begin around 3 p.m. on Central Avenue across from the Nebraska City Fire Hall/City Hall, 1409 Central Ave. On Sunday, Central Avenue will become the temporary parking site for the annual River City Classics Car Club car show. Show times for spectators will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Festival-goers can take advantage of a special free bus service between the city center and the orchards, Partsch said. A bus stop at the Nebraska City Post Office, 508 Central Ave., will connect visitors to stops at the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard and Arbor Day Farm.
Partsch said it was important for bus passengers to remember to get back on the bus before the end of service for the day to avoid getting stranded in one of the orchards.
Visit https://nebraskacity.com/festival/apple-jackfestival for the latest information on AppleJack activities.
Look for a preview article about the second weekend of the AppleJack Festival (hint: you’ll want to be hungry for this one) in an upcoming issue of News-Press, Journal-Democrat or Hamburg Reporter.