Johnny Appleseed returns to Bryn Athyn
Johnny Appleseed will be ret urning to Bryn Athyn at t he eighth annual Johnny Appleseed Festival at the Orchard Artworks, located at 520 Tomlinson Avenue. The festival, which will host more crafts and entertainPHnW WKLV yHDU, wLOO EH 6HSW. 29 I U RP 1 W R 4 S. P.
The day will be filled with apples, baked goods and crafts, as l ocal arti s t s , historians and bakers gather t o participate i n t he f all festival. Craftsmen and women will be having public demonstrat i ons f or spinning wool, pressing apples for cider and making rope L n W KH 18WK FHnWuUy V W yOHV. 7KLV year t here will also be t he addit i on of t he corn s heller, which will demonstrate how farms would collect the corn from their fields before modern machines. For t he f i r s t t i me, t here will also be a book signing by author Ray Silverman. He will be signing copies of his recently published book, “The Core of Johnny Appleseed.”
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The festival is held to celebrate the life of Johnny Appleseed, who was really John Chapman from Wooster, Ohio. Chapman traveled throughout Pennsylvania and t he Midwest planting apple trees and spreading the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, upon whose writing the General Church of New Jerusalem was built. Attendees can l earn about his history and legend from the Alnwick Grove Historical Society, which will be handing out information at its table.
The Johnny Appleseed Fest i val coincides with Orchard Artworks’ “Autumn of t he Art” show where all t he artists who r un t he s t udio will be displaying pieces t hat i nclude pottery, j ewelry and photography.
Events will be going on all day and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic l unch with t hem t o enjoy among t he f estivities. Baked goods will be for sale at t he f estival.