This September 22nd, celebrate the full harvest moon and another season gone by at the Moon-Randolph Homestead’s 18th Annual Fall Gathering. Join us for a harvest feast, cider and beer, apple pressing, live music from Scrapyard Lullaby and Westfork Music, and dancing under a full harvest moon. Family friendly. The Fall Gathering is our largest event and fundraiser of the year, supporting our efforts exploring and celebrating Missoula’s human, ecological, and agricultural history. All proceeds benefit the Moon-Randolph Homestead. No dogs, please.
Saturday, September 22, 4-10 p.m.
at the Moon-Randolph Homestead, 1515 Spurlock Road
$12 adults / $5 kids | In advance
$15 adults / $7 kids | At the gate
Tickets include harvest feast. Beer and cider available for purchase.
4:00 pm Gate Opens | West Fork Music | Apple Pressing
5:00 pm Public Tour of the Homestead
6:00 pm Dinner | Scrapyard Lullaby
Parking for those arriving by automobile will be along Spurlock Road. Please park only on the right (south) side of the road to allow local vehicles to pass. Walk up the road to the Homestead or wait for a Missoula Parks & Recreation shuttle to pick you up. Bicycle parking at the Homestead.
Hiking to the Homestead:
We encourage those who are able to arrive via trail from Missoula’s North Hills Open Space Trails. You can access the Homestead via the Froelich, Mountain View, Sunlight, and Waterworks Hill trailheads. See this map to plan your route.
Sign up to volunteer during the Fall Gathering via our online sign-up or by emailing us at email@example.com. Volunteers receive free admission, a free meal, and one free drink ticket! Sign up here.
This year's Fall Gathering feast will be made up of fresh, local food from various restaurants and businesses around Missoula. Notorious PIG will be barbecuing pork for our main dish, with pork sourced from Notorious PIG, Take It or Leave It—Food Truck of Lower Crossing Farm, and Western Montana Growers Coop. Side dishes will be cole slaw from Burns St. Bistro, vegetarian bean salad from Redbird Restaurant, pasta salad from Scotty's Table, salad from Clark Fork Organics, and salad dressing from Caffe Dolce. We'll round out the meal with slider buns from Le Petit Outre, and pies from Bernice's and community members!
The Fall Gathering is the largest community event and fundraiser hosted by the Homestead, with over 300 people in attendance. If you would like to become a sponsor or donate to the event, email the caretakers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to our 2018 Fall Gathering Sponsors:
Northwestern Energy, Western Cider, Good Food Store, Notorious P.I.G., Burns St. Bistro, Scotty's Table, Caffe Dolce, Redbird Restaurant, North Missoula Community Development Corporation, Missoula Parks & Recreation, Sweet Pea Sewer & Septic, Bernice's Bakery, Le Petit Outre, Clark Fork Organics, and Alpha Graphics
Join us next Wednesday evening, March 7 from 5-9 p.m. at Caffè Dolce for the Homestead Cider Dinner, a fundraiser for the Moon-Randolph Homestead, and a celebration of Western Cider's Homestead Cider. A percentage of sales from the evening will go back to the Homestead to help fund historic preservation and community education projects.
The regular Caffe Dolce menu will be available, as well as a menu of small plates and entrées, made to pair with the Homestead Cider, which will be available on tap!
Reservations recommended. 406-830-3055. Walk-ins welcome, too.
More on the Homestead Cider:
The Homestead Cider is one of Western Cider's Community Collaboration Ciders with unique local provenance. Last fall, Moon-Randolph Homestead caretakers and volunteers harvested apples from the Homestead's orchard, planted by Ray and Luella Moon in the 1890s. These apples are old varieties--Winesap, Duchess of Oldenburg, Wolf River, Macintosh--that were grown for baking, and often for cider-making. Western Cider pressed and fermented these apples into a rare cider with elements of bright green apple, pear, and a dry, tannic finish, reminiscent of dry Montana sunshine and the North Hills, where these apples were grown.