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Online Auction

I lieu of an in-person raffle, we are having an online auction with a variety of donated items, gift certificates, lotto tickets, etc. Please check it out – all proceeds benefit restoration activities at the Kimlin Cider Mill! The auction closes 10/5 at noon.

Here is a sampling of some of the items available:

Wine, Dine, Shop & Relax in Arlington

An assortment of gift certificates to places around Arlington – dining at Tomato Cafe, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Savona’s Trattoria & Pizza e Birra; dessert at Lissy’s Dough & Dairy; beauty services at The Gallery Salon; & shopping at Elizabeth’s Boutique

Fishkill Farms Hard Cider Gift Basket

Includes bottles of their signature Treasury hard cider. Bottle selection to be determined at pick up.

A Spider Web of…?

$65 value. Try your luck on a spider web of Lotto tickets!

Art Glass, Fun Glass & Sparkles

Package includes Boston Museum of Fine Arts azure blue glass bowl with animals etched along the perimeter and poetry etched on the base, a wine glass to “Live, Laugh, Love”, accompanied by necklaces and earrings.

Dutchess County Artisanal Delights for the Cook

Rustic Acre bottles of apple cider vinegar made from Kimlin Cider, artisanal herb-infused oil, raspberry red wine artisanal vinegar and honey cider artisanal vinegar; a bottle of Milea Estate Vineyard Staatsburg Apple Cider Syrup; a jar of Ann’s Apple Butter; a Cider Mill Friends tee shirt & an Adams Fairacre Farm gift certificate.

Around the World with Beer

Half Time Beverage Around the World Beer Gift Basket: Beer has been around since the beginning of civilization and has been interpreted differently in every region across the globe. The Around the World gift basket is the perfect way to experience beer from the top brewers in the world without ever leaving your home. Want to try a classic German wheat beer and compare it to an English bitter? Or maybe you want to see the difference between a classic Belgian tripel and a Japanese white ale. Either way, this basket has something for every beer lover.

2020 Cider Tasting – status and sponsorship opportunities

As of right now we are still planning to hold our annual cider tasting event on Saturday, October 3. This will be our 8th year! We will have to implement some safety measures for COVID-19 and have already extended the event an extra hour to allow for a reduced density. As we get closer to the event and the current situation crystallizes, we will respond accordingly.

The event will showcase several local ciders – including our own Kimlin Cider – to sample with our specialty tasting glass, host a cookout with The Dog House, give behind-the-scene Mill tours, and treat guests to raffles, entertainment, activities for children and music by the Roundabout Ramblers. Our guest exhibitor will be the Dutchess County Sports Museum, including Ralph Kimlin’s contributions to local sports history. We will also have the Fishkill Historical Society and their famous and delicious made-to-order apple fritters. The Tasting is our major fundraiser and proceeds benefit the stabilization and restoration of the Kimlin Cider Mill and surrounding open space.

We invite you to join us as a sponsor of this event which is our major fundraiser.  Event sponsorship is a wonderful way to advertise your business and support the preservation of the Mill.  We offer extensive promotion of sponsors, fully described here and below.  The roadside banner on Cedar Avenue advertises the event to nearly 2,500 cars per day; invitations are mailed to 750 supporters; emails go to 450 subscribers; the cider card is handed to our hundreds of guests; and the event and sponsors are shared through our website, Facebook page (650 followers), and Instagram account (150 followers).


Last year’s roadside banner

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization, Cider Mill Friends fulfills its mission to restore our special local landmark through community support and donations. You are proudly preserving the Mill today and, for our most important asset: future generations.

We look forward to you joining us as a Cider Tasting sponsor!

Sponsorship letter 2020-pg2


Sponsorship letter 2020-pg1

Thank you for a great 2019!

Cider Mill Friends is grateful…
…to our many volunteers and supporters who partnered with us in 2019!

Please consider a year-end gift to make 2020 another successful year and together we can build on a new decade of community preservation with the Kimlin Cider Mill!


Read our 2019 Newsletter here

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Sponsorship opportunities!

Announcing sponsorship opportunities for our 7th annual cider tasting! This is our annual fundraiser event, and being an all-volunteer non-profit organization, we rely on your support to continue our mission of preserving and restoring the Kimlin Cider Mill and the local history that it represents.

More information can be found here.

Official cider tasting invitation

Please share and spread the word!  See you October 13th!

“Of Barns and Bridges”

In September 2017, CMF was contacted by Elizabeth (Beth) Burns. Beth was a first year graduate student at the time studying Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell University. One of her term assignments was to take and study in depth two recent preservation projects and she selected the Kimlin Cider Mill and Walkway Over The Hudson. She stumbled upon the Mill during some research and was first drawn to the slightly eccentric exterior but what really intrigued her was “the grassroots effort of the locals to save the structure by the creation of Cider Mill Friends. Plus, who doesn’t love a good cider?” CMF was delighted to collaborate with Beth.

You can read her paper at this link: OfBarnsAndBridges2018