This weekend is for the apple lovers

Oct 12, 2016
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There are many things I love about fall, the crisp air, the chance to break out my extensive scarf collection, wearing cool boots, fall festivals, but one harbinger of fall takes the cake for me, and the pie, the cobbler, the donuts, the turnover, the cider…

That’s right! Apples. Crisp, tart, sweet, baked in every imaginable form, even mushed into applesauce, or better yet, apple butter — my affection borders on obsession.

It might have started with a childhood field trip to an apple orchard, where we were employed as child-labor for the day to ‘pick our own,’ and then rewarded with the first sips of freshly-pressed apple juice.

I can still remember the long school bus ride out to the orchard and the songs we sang on the way, but most of all I remember lugging home the hefty sack of apples, gleaming conspiratorially in their nondescript paper bag. It was as if I had been granted a special privilege, to carry this treasure home to share with my loved ones.

This weekend, with the arrival of what arguably should be a countywide holiday, the 28th annual Apple Harvest Festival, I am again in my glory.

Maybe apples are not your thing, maybe pumpkin is, and that’s OK, but not this weekend. This weekend, rightfully so, is set aside for apple lovers and the celebration of all the many forms America’s most popular fruit can take.

See list above. I could go on, but I don’t want to offend the pumpkin advocates. By the way, if you happen to live in a house divided, pumpkin vs. apple, the Waynesville Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch is in full swing this weekend also.

Back to the festival, though. Of course, there will be apples for sale, but besides the star of the event, there will be live music, crafts, activities for kids, exhibits from local vendors, and every imaginable apple recipe on hand to sample.

Watch for me — I will be the lady with the giant camera, lugging a large bag of apples, a package of apple cider donuts and ‘sampling’ as many apple concoctions as possible while grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

The Apple Harvest Festival takes place on Main Street Waynesville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If by some bizarre reason none of this appeals to you, or you get appled out, the High Country Quilt show is also this weekend, Thursday through Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Maggie Valley.

It features over 100 locally made quilts, many of which are for sale, along with crafts and craft supply vendors.