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Hollis Apple Festival

When: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Hollis Town Common, 7 Monument Square, Hollis (rain location is Hollis/Brookline Middle School, 25 Main St., Hollis)
Cost: Free admission and parking; food is priced per item
Visit: holliswomansclub.org




Apples to apples
Pies, crisp and cider at Hollis Apple Festival

09/28/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 It’s peak apple-picking season, and the fruit will be the star ingredient in the homemade ciders, crisps and pies that will be featured at the Hollis Apple Festival.

The event is happening at Monument Square on the Hollis Town Common on Sunday, Oct. 1. Festival publicity chairwoman Cathy Gast said the festival has been a tradition for more than 50 years, with joint sponsorship by the Hollis Town Band and the Hollis Woman’s Club.
“We always have it on the first Sunday in October,” she said. “It’s meant to celebrate the harvest season for apples and the farms and other agricultural communities.”
Gast said members of the woman’s club prepare close to 100 apple pies and 50 9x13 pans of apple crisp, all homemade using apples grown at Lull Farm and Brookdale Fruit Farm, both in Hollis, as well as other area farms. The Doc Davis Ice Cream Stand, which is has locations in both Brookline and Pepperell, Mass., will be there to provide vanilla ice cream to go with apple crisp or pie.
More than 10 gallons of homemade apple cider are also donated by Lull Farm, according to Gast.
“There’s also an apple orchard adjacent to where the festival is going to be,” she said. “It’s not a part of the festival, technically, but it just happens to be there for people to go see.”
In addition to the food, eight to 10 tables of artisan and craft vendors like photographers, watercolorists, jewelers and woodworkers are expected to appear at the festival, according to Gast. The town green will have various games and family-friendly activities like hula hoops, face-painting and more.
The Hollis Town Band, a staple of the festival each year, will be performing for its duration, according to Gast. Admission to the festival and access to the band’s performance are both free, while all food is available for purchase per item.
One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be the Town Band’s performance of “Military Escort in Five Ways,” in honor of longtime band member Charlie Woods, who died earlier this year. The band will also be performing its own versions of “Phantom of the Opera” and selections from the movie The Patriot by John Williams, as well as its usual raffles and “Stars and Stripes Forever” performance to keep with tradition.
“The funds from the event are used for scholarships and to support nonprofits in the area, so it’s kind of like a service activity that’s done,” Gast said. 





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