A Hoagland area orchard and a guest performer will mark important dates at a daylong celebration Saturday.
Ambrosia Orchard, Cidery & Meadery will celebrate its second year in business. Guest singer Jana DeBusk will return to the stage with the songs she wrote earlier in her career.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for this rain-or-shine event. All ages are welcome, although the beer tent will be for ages 21 or older. All activities will be socially distanced on the 12-acre property.
In addition to pouring Ambrosia's 14 meads and ciders, the beer tent will welcome servers from 2Toms Brewing, Dot & Line Brewing Company and Hop River Brewing Company, all in Fort Wayne, from 3-7 p.m.
Laz's Cuban Cafe food truck will serve Cuban cuisine and coffee from 4-8 p.m.
Singer DeBusk and local group Stratton Way will keep the music going from 3-7 p.m.
DeBusk graduated from East Noble High School, where she participated in show choir, musical theater and solo competitions, "basically anything musical," she said. She still has family in Kendallvlle.
She left to attend college and lived for about six years in New York, where she began writing music. She described her works as "a bit of country rock" with some folksy songs, too. All are based on life experiences. "I really like telling stories, so they're all different," she said.
"This is actually my first show back with the originals," she said.
After New York she traveled around the world, including The Netherlands and Colombia. She returned last year to the Fort Wayne area, where her son was born; Rami will be 1 in November. DeBusk lives in Decatur. She teaches voice in the popular music program at Purdue Fort Wayne and at Sweetwater Academy.
Ambrosia Orchard will be open from 2-10 p.m. Saturday.
Blanca and Edison Bender founded the Ambrosia orchard and tasting room in 2018 at 14025 U.S. 27, about 15 miles south of downtown Fort Wayne.
In 2019, a 500-tree orchard was planted on about 2 acres with about 25 varieties. These include heritage and unique cider apple trees, modern eating apples, and Asian pears.
Read more about the company's story at www.ambrosiaorchardfw.com.