September 30, 2008

Apple, Pumpkin Fest Well Attended at Bethel

BETHEL - As part of Harvestfest, the Bethel Historical Society observed its annual Apple and Pumpkin Festival on Sept. 20. Executive Director Stanley R. Howe did his annual cider pressing demonstration throughout the day on the lawn of the O'Neil Robinson House, using a press recently donated to the society by former president Alden T. Kennett.

Pumpkin whoopee pies were on sale, made by Rachel MacKay, Grace McKivergan and Mary Keniston.

In the afternoon, Howe added applesauce-making to the offerings, especially for young children, who helped with the process. The apples for the applesauce and some of the apples for the cider were grown on the back lot of the Dr. Mason House.

More than 200 visitors stopped by to watch the demonstrations and sample the cider and applesauce.

For more information about the society and its activities, call 824-2908 or (800) 824-2910, e-mail [email protected] or visit

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