Summit Garden Tour online registration closes May 29 at 3 pm. Tickets for the day of the tour are $55 and can be purchased at Reeves-Reed Arboretum on May 30 starting at 9 am.

Put the 'Pub' in Public Garden: Hard Cider

HARD CIDER – The Original Jersey Drink!

Friday, October 13, 7 – 9:30 pm
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Summit, NJ Hard cider, the original Jersey beverage of choice, and especially Newark cider, considered by George Washington, to be the champagne of ciders in America, will be the offering at Reeves-Reed Arboretum's Put the 'Pub' in Public Garden Cider Tasting / Oktoberfest, Friday, October 13, from 7 to 9:30 pm.

Jersey Cider Works, the home of Ironbound Hard Cider, will be on hand to offer samplings of their complex, interesting and truly delicious hard ciders crafted from 100% fresh-pressed local apples. Not quite dry, not quite sweet, with a viscosity, richness and complexity that rivals a wine, under the direction of "pommelier" Cameron Stark, Ironbound Hard Cider is recreating a storied past. Historical accounts of early Newark are filled with praise for the quantity and especially the quality of the region's hard cider. Newark's abundant apples, prime shipping location, and barrel-making capacity facilitated the export of cider, making hard cider one of the city's earliest industries. And now, hard cider is the fastest-growing sector of the liquor market.

Montclair resident and entrepreneur, Charles Rosen is the founder and CEO of New Ark Farms (the name given Newark by its Pilgrim founders) and Jersey Cider Works. Rosen's goal is to create a delicious, locally crafted product while pairing his passion for sustainable agriculture and social justice. To that end, the majority of the workforce of New Ark Farms is made up of the formerly incarcerated. It's all part of Rosen's bigger picture plan to merge business needs with societal needs. "I wanted to start a company that was highly focused on community and workforce development to help rebuild the Newark economy," he said of New Ark Farms. Produce from the farm will also be part of the specialty menu created for and served at the tasting, under the direction of New Ark Farm's chef, Ben Walmer.

Put the 'Pub' in Public Garden is a fundraiser for Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Admission to the evening's flavorful festivities is $50 per person, RRA members ($65 for nonmembers). Paid reservations are requested and can be made by calling Doreen Schindler at 908-273-8787 x 1010, or . You may also sign up on line at RSVP by October 10. Not yet a member or need to renew, now's the time!

About Reeves-Reed Arboretum: Celebrating over 40 years as a historic public garden and education resource, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from 7:00 am till 7:00 pm from April 1 to October 31 and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from November 1 to March 31, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum....a place to grow, for everyone!