Do you get the winter blues? When I first moved to Leelanau County 27 years ago, I loved the long Northern Michigan winters here. However, now that I am a woman of a certain age, I do struggle with the winter both in terms of mind and body. The short and often sunless days wear on my spirit and psyche. And, when the temperatures get bitter cold, which they do most winters at least for a time, my body suffers from aches and pains as well as lack of movement.
When my mind and body are out of sorts with the environment, getting out is hard and often unappealing but it is also key for me to overcome the winter blues. Luckily, I live in a place that affords a good amount of opportunities to venture out. There are several area winter festivals, many restaurants and bars host live music, trivia nights, and events, and there are lots of outdoor sports like snowshoeing, skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Some of my favorite things to do here in the winter are the events offered by our local wineries, distilleries, and cider houses. You know I love to raise a glass so it’s a perfect fit for me!
Recently, on one pretty darn cold Saturday, I woke up feeling completely uninspired suffering from a full-on case of the winter blues. I already had Tandem Ciders’ annual Wassail, which was scheduled for that evening, on my radar. But the high temperature for the day was due to barely break 20 and it was nothing but grey out for as far as the eye could see. Going out for the evening seemed more like a task than a pleasure. Then, while taking a shower, it struck me … things often “strike” me in the shower … I had to make myself go. The only remedy for the winter blues that had descended upon me that morning was to get moving and get out among people. And so later that day, I gathered up my husband and we went over to Tandem Ciders.
We arrived early so I could get some video of Tandem’s property while there was still light. It was exciting to see all the guests arriving and as the darkness of the night came on, it became magical. I was, of course, glad to be able to duck into the cider tasting room to warm up and enjoy a delicious hard cider. Outside, however, Tandem provided several wonderful and inviting fires including a huge bonfire for the Wassailing of the apple trees nearby. The evening highlight was a long fireworks display which would have cracked the hardest case of winter blues with its colorful blasts of light against the dark winter night’s sky.
Here’s the video I made of the event. In it, you’ll learn a little bit more about the connection between apples, cider, and a Wassail. I hope this video lifts your spirits. The evening at Tandem Ciders lifted mine and I am grateful I decided to go!
Just as a side note … this video is my first using my brand new iPhone DJI Osmo 2 stabilization gimbal which I am over the moon about. I’m holding it in the picture above. It makes your iPhone video super smooth and if I can use it, anyone can! Click here to see this cool thing: DJI Osmo 2
Interested in getting out in the Leelanau winter? Check out this link to find out more: The Ticker