September 18, 2013

Maine apple festivals

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POMOLOGIST JOHN BUNKER of Fedco Trees will speak about Maine heirloom apple varieties at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Maine Historical Society in Portland.

Bunker will talk about the history of Maine apples and orchards, and the challenges of bringing back and cultivating rare heirlooms. Bunker established the 10-acre Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity, which features the only collection of apple varieties originating in Maine.

Guests are welcome to bring apples for Bunker to identify.

A tasting of rare apple varieties, accompanied by cider and a selection of cheeses, will follow the program.

The cost of the program is a suggested donation at the door. The Society is located at 489 Congress St.

Call 774-1822, or go to


Apple Saturday on Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village lawn, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 707 Shaker Road (Route 26), New Gloucester. Each Saturday features free cider pressing with a hand press. (Bring your own apples or buy them at the Shaker store.) Special events each Saturday: Sept. 28, an apple pie sale; Oct. 5, Apple Art for Kids; Oct. 12, a cider and donut sale.

SEPT. 28

Apple Pumpkin Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Livermore Falls Recreation Fields, 1 Foundry Road. Food, vendors and craft artisans, agricultural products, historical and educational displays, seasonal decorations, antique tractors, raffles, local music, Tiger Slide, bounce house, climbing wall and more. New this year: Twister and Lazer Tag. Free. Call 897-6755 or go to

10th Annual Manchester Apple Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5K road race begins at 9 a.m.), Lakeside Orchards, 318 Readfield Road. Parade at 11 a.m., food, games, music and crafts fair. New this year, to celebrate 10th anniversary, at 6 p.m. there will be music (The Band Apollo) and fireworks. Admission and most events free (maximum charge $1). Call or email

24th Annual Cornish Apple Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., center of Cornish village in Thompson Park, Route 25. Apples, freshly pressed cider, products from local growers and New England crafters, apple pie baking contest, more than 50 vendors, Model T car show and more. Free. Call 625-4993.

17th Annual Apple Acres Farm Bluegrass Gathering, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 363 Durgintown Road (three miles from Cornish Apple Festival) in South Hiram, chicken barbecue available at noon, adults $7, kids 16 and under free. Call 625-4777 or email

Monmouth Apple Festival, Monmouth Museum at 748 Main St. 5K race begins at 8 a.m., festival goes until 2 or 3 p.m. Exhibits, museums, Cumston Hall tours, benefit breakfasts, lunch, car wash and more. Free. This year, Route 132 from Route 135 to Cobbossee Road will be closed down for the festival. Call 577-4919 or email

OCT. 5

20th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd (undercroft), Main Street, Rangeley. New this year: German-themed "breakfast brunch" with German apple coffee cakes and German breakfast cookies from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch at 11 a.m. features choice of beef or vegetarian stew, Bakewell Cream biscuits and an apple crisp. Raffle with Maine-made gifts, bake sale, crafts sale, apples for sale. Apple press on site to make your own cider. (Bring your own jugs.) For more info, go to Coincides with Rangeley Oktoberfest weekend.

OCT. 27

Great Maine Apple Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at the Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity. Workshops and talks about apple art, Maine's rich apple history, cider making and organic tree care; see and taste rare and heirloom varieties; bring your "mystery" varieties for identification. Vendors selling apples, apple products, homemade treats, cheeses, honey, wine and other local products. Admission $4, or $2 for members. Call 568-4142 or go to

-- Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer

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