2014-09-05 / Community

Shaker Hill Apple Festival a week away

Want to do some good in the world and have a plain old good time? Then be sure to attend the fifth annual Shaker Hill Apple Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the grounds of the former Alfred Shaker Village on Shaker Hill Road in Alfred, off routes 202 and 4.

The festival is co-sponsored by the York County Shelter Programs, Friends of the Alfred Shaker Museum, The Brothers Apple Store and Giles Family Farm at Notre Dame Orchards.

There is something for everyone at this two-day festival to be held rain or shine. At the top of Shaker Hill Road, the York County Shelter Programs will feature a number of events with all proceeds benefiting its homelessness and hunger programs

Events will include a juried arts and crafts fair, silent auction, penny auction, pig raffle, yard sale, farm booth, antique car rides, children’s activities – including the ever-popular balloon man – plus live music on both days.

There’ll be plenty of food choices including the lunch wagon, healthy food options and fun snacks. The Bakery at Notre Dame will offer baked goods, including Shaker blueberry pies made from Sister Francis Carr’s recipe.

The juried arts and crafts fair will include dozens of booths featuring painting, photography, jewelry, hand-sewn items, woodworking, ceramics, glasswork, silversmithing, textiles, and many more – even jams and relishes and homemade dips.

There are openings for artists and craftspeople wishing to participate. For more information, email Michelle Wilson at michellewilson@creativemw.com.

While the auctions and raffle (for a dressed, farm-raised pig) will run for both days, the high bidders and raffle winners will not be announced until the last hour of the event on Sunday between 3 and 4 p.m. Participants do not have to be present to win. The shelter program will make arrangements to have items picked up. Items such as gift cards/certificates will be mailed.

The Alfred Shaker Museum located, in the former Shaker Carriage House, will offer a number of events on both days, including Shaker crafts and demonstrations, Shaker farm exhibit, light lunch, yard sale, book sale, children’s fish pond, pie sales and wagon rides through the former Shaker Village.

The museum shop will be open throughout the weekend featuring the Shaker Alfred Village mural. All proceeds from museum activities will benefit the Friends of the Alfred Shaker Museum, currently completing the restoration of the Shaker Carriage House.

The Brothers Apple Store, next to the bakery, will have apples and cider for sale during the festival. For those who wish to pick their own apples, Giles Family Farm at Notre Dame Orchards has both apple- and pumpkin-picking during the season, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Giles has picnic tables in the orchard.

For more information, call Joan Sylvester at York County Shelter Programs in Alfred at 324-1137, ext. 105.

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