What is the casual visitor to make of this small island off the coast of Angarth? While it is the centre of an important ceremony each year for the people of the town, for the rest of the year it is just an uninhabitated island. While (see below) the ceremony itself carries some cultural significance for the local area, I wonder what the other elements of the place mean. Can we work out some kind of pattern in the rocks, the placing of the lichen, and other overlooked areas of wildlife. While the Museum does not specialise in natural history, in Aeppeltun Isle there is a excellent opportunity to correct this anomaly.
Every year, on the first Friday in May, the inhabitants of Angarth make the journey to Aeppeltun Isle, a small island off the coast. They do this to honour the tree-spirits of the Isle: Hemper, Cellane, Grimsel and Moritzi, who are responsible for its bountiful apple groves. People carry rugs across the causeway to the Isle, spread them under the apple trees, and then drink cider or apple tea until sunset, when they return to the mainland.
In medieval times, the practice was adopted into Christian tradition, and became part of the Ascension Day feastday, which is celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday. It was abandoned following the Protestant Reformation but restarted in the early 20th century, and is now conducted under the auspices of the Angarth Society, a committee of townsmen and women. The President, or Icestran, leads the ceremony each year.