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Hollis Apple Festival
When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Hollis Town Common, 7 Monument Square, Hollis
Cost: Free admission and parking; foods are priced per item
Visit: holliswomansclub.org





A bite of the apple
Hollis Apple Festival returns

10/04/18



 By Matt Ingersoll

mingersoll@hippopress.com
 
One of the longest-running events in the Granite State that features apples as its centerpiece, the Hollis Apple Festival will have homemade ciders, crisps, pies, ice cream and more to mark peak apple-picking season.
The 51st annual festival, organized in part by the Hollis Woman’s Club and the Hollis Town Band, returns to Monument Square on the Hollis Town Common on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s held on the first Sunday of October each year, according to festival publicity chairwoman Cathy Gast.
A variety of desserts using New Hampshire-grown Cortland apples and ice cream from the Doc Davis Ice Cream Stand in Brookline and Pepperell, Mass., will be available.
“We’ve got homemade apple crisps that the Woman’s Club does from scratch, and then the band bakes the apple pies,” Gast said. “You can get just plain ice cream, pie, or apple crisp, apple crisp with ice cream, or pie a la mode. … The cost is going to vary depending on what you are getting, but they are all generous portions.”
As with previous events, Lull and Brookdale Fruit Farms, both within walking distance of the festival site, will be open for apple-picking during the festival, Gast said. Homemade hot and cold apple cider provided by Lull Farm will also be available for purchase.
At least eight to 10 tables of craft and artisan vendors will be on hand selling their work, which may include anything from fine art and photography to beads, jewelry, clay figurines and more. A variety of family-friendly activities will be featured on the town green as well.
“We’ve expanded the children’s game and activity area, so there are going to be stories, ring tosses, putt putts, chalk writing and things like that for the first time,” Gast said.
Festival visitors can enjoy an afternoon of free performances by the Hollis Town Band, which will play about 19 songs over the two-hour period, including “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and others. A raffle will be available for a lucky festival attendee to serve as a guest conductor for one of the songs, according to Gast.
“We have people from all over the state and even out of state come down and make it an annual tradition,” she said. “The proceeds go toward scholarships and other nonprofits in the area.” 
 





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