Big crowd at­tends wet ap­ple fes­ti­val at Colby

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Or­ga­niz­ers of the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum’s first ap­ple fes­ti­val were both thrilled and sur­prised when over one hun­dred and thirty peo­ple at­tended last Satur­day’s ap­ple fes­ti­val at the Colby- Cur­tis Mu­seum, de­spite the rainy weather. “We had a su­per event even though it was pour­ing rain. We had set up the tents on Thurs­day and that might have aroused in­ter­est in the event,” said or­ga­nizer Helene Hamel.

Be­sides buy­ing out all of the home­made pies, vis­i­tors also bought re­fresh­ments, ap­ple crum­ble, cheese curds, ice cream and, of course, ap­ples to help raise funds for the mu­seum. Lots of kids came to the fes­ti­val and had fun press­ing ap­ple juice and

dec­o­rat­ing pump­kins, which will be part of the Mu­seum’s Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions this year. Lo­cal fid­dler Olivier Adoue pro­vided the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment.

Vis­i­tors to the fes­ti­val were able to visit the Mu­seum free of charge and most took that op­por­tu­nity, some vis­it­ing for the first time. Be­sides pro­vid­ing a unique, sea­sonal ac­tiv­ity, thanks to the roughly twenty vol­un­teers who helped make the event a suc­cess, par­tic­u­larly by bak­ing ap­ple pies, over $400 was raised. Har­vey Stevens, of Stevens Or­chard, sold ap­ples and candy ap­ples all af­ter­noon, do­nat­ing his pro­ceeds to the Mu­seum when he was fin­ished!

“Ev­ery­body had so much fun – we’ll do it next year, too!” con­cluded Ms. Hamel.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

Har­vey Stevens, of Stevens Or­chard, sold ap­ples and caramel ap­ples dur­ing the fes­ti­val then do­nated his sales to the Mu­seum.

Marissa Fau­teux and Alyssa Cush­ing McP­hear­son had fun test­ing the ap­ples at the Colby-Cur­tis ap­ple fes­ti­val.

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