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Hollis Apple Festival & Band Concert

When: Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Hollis Town Common, 7 Monument Square, Hollis
Admission is free. Purchase food per item. Held in Hollis Brookline Middle School (off of the town common) in case of rain.
Visit: holliswomansclub.org/events/hollis-apple-festival-2015/




Tuned in to apples
Festival and concert return to Hollis

10/01/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Savor homemade apple baked goods while listening to the Hollis Town Band play live outdoors during the Hollis Apple Festival & Band Concert on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Diana Kroeger, apple festival chair, said it’s a chance to “celebrate Hollis and apple season.”
Founded by the Hollis Town Band, the annual event was originally based on an afternoon of music. Kroeger said the festival was growing in size, and the Hollis Woman’s Club agreed to partner with the band and provide food.
A couple of days before the festival, the woman’s club members will gather to turn piles of apples into 50 9-by-13 pans of apple crisp.
“The woman’s club … we pretty much compartmentalize the ingredients for the apple crisp and all our members have to do is bake them and deliver them to the [Congregational Church of Hollis] church on the day of the festival,” Kroeger said. “We have so many people working behind the scenes and the beauty of the festival [is it] looks effortless, but there [are] many hours spent.”
The apples for the festival are provided by a farm in Harvard, Mass., who also peels, cores and slices them before delivering them to Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis for the women to pick up.
Meanwhile, each of the town band members will bring two homemade apple pies for guests to enjoy.
Apple pies and crisps are “the staples of the apple festival,” Kroeger said. 
When Kroeger and her family moved to Hollis 13 years ago, the annual autumn event was the first town festival they attended.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “It was so charming and quaint just with the atmosphere of the Town Common pulling everyone together to celebrate everything that’s good about Hollis and we really appreciate that.”
Admission to the festival and concert is free and guests can purchase apple pie, apple crisp, Doc Davis ice cream, apple cider, coffee and water. The band will perform marches, symphonic pieces and popular music while vendors display their wares. Other games and activities like face-painting will be offered, plus a raffle for the chance to conduct the band in “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
“We are a nonprofit that really strives to give back to the community,” Kroeger said. “We just look at the festival as being one of our best ways to increase our coffers in order to be able to give back to the community.” 





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