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AppleFest 2017

  • The Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center 314 Mountain Avenue Westfield, NJ, 07090 United States (map)

The Westfield Historical Society AppleFest committee has been working hard to prepare the 9th annual Applefest, which will be held on Saturday, October 14th, from noon-4:00 PM on the grounds of the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center.

The theme of this year’s AppleFest are the decades of the 1930s and `40s, exploring the history and culture of the pre- and post-WWII years.  We will show screen clips from movie favorites such as Bambi, Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, It’s a Wonderful Life and Casablanca, in our AppleCinema and we also invite you to listen to short 10-minute “lightning talks” on the Enigma machine, and the book “1984”.  You can stroll through historic displays and check out our - new for this year - rummage sale.  As in past years, the local band “The Fineline” will be performing a number of songs throughout the event and instructors and dancers from the “Westfield Ballroom” will lead the audience in the Swing and Lindy Hop!

We will of course continue traditions such as old-fashion children’s games, history-related quizzes for history buffs, tours of the historic Reeve House, and, of course, the Apple Pie baking competition.  In addition to sampling the award-winning pies, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for two tickets to the popular Broadway musical “Waitress”, which tells a story of “friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie”. 
Before leaving, visitors will have the chance to stop by our AppleCafe, to sample popular offerings of the `30s and `40s such as meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, salad from Victory gardens and Jell-O.   Our local artist Danny Schwartz is once again preparing our commemorative poster.  Please mark the date on your calendars, and tell your friends! It will be a great community event for all ages.