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Apple Festival next weekend in Newfane

NEWFANE - Despite a diminished apple crop due to unusual weather conditions this spring, organizers are still looking forward to another successful Apple Harvest Festival next Sunday.

The festival is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the museum grounds of the Town of Newfane's Historical Society, at the corner of West Creek and Ide roads.

"We won't have as many apples or as much cider as usual, but something is better than nothing," said George Updegraph, a society trustee. "We were able to get a hold of some apples from three or four local farmers and cider from Mayer Brothers."

The annual festival - which serves as one of the group's largest fundraisers - is being held one week earlier than usual this year.

"We're only moving it this year because of the early Columbus Day weekend in October," said Rosemary Miller, another Society trustee.

"Next year, it will move back to October."

William Neidlinger, who helped restore a donated 1926 letterpress for the society last year, will be giving letterpress demonstrations, as well as helping children make two-color drink coasters on smaller presses that have been donated to the society.

"They really have fun doing that," he said.

Neidlinger is currently looking for the donation of a small building to create a stand-alone print shop on the museum grounds. The print shop equipment currently shares space with many other items in a building behind the Manhardt Power Building on the festival grounds.

"I would need a minimum 15-foot by 15-foot building for all of the equipment that has been donated, but I'd be more comfortable in a 20-foot by 20-foot, wooden building," he said. "Preferably, it would be an older building from the Newfane area and we would move it onto the museum site. If it's not from Newfane, that's OK, too, but since we will have to move it, it would be better if it was close by."

Neidlinger may be contacted at 697-2688.

As always, the festival will also offer displays and demonstrations of many old-time talents.

"Bill Ott is our blacksmith, and he's a trustee," Updegraph said. "He really puts his all into this and is fascinating to watch and to listen to."

The festival also offers a wide variety of fair-type foods, from Art Gladow's chicken chowder to baby ribs and beef on weck.

Live music is slated from 1 to 3 p.m., complete with line dancers. WLVL will broadcast live from the site from noon to 3 p.m.

"We also have a Civil War encampment down below the hill," Updegraph added. "Sometimes, people don't realize they're down there."

Crafters, a flea market and visits to barns and other buildings on the museum site round out the day's activities. There is free admission and free parking.

The Historical Society also gives guided tours from 1 to 4 p.m. of the Van Horn Mansion, 2165 Lockport-Olcott Rd., Burt.

Another upcoming fundraiser for the society is the Van Horn Mansion Candlelight Haunted Tours, planned for Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. The haunted tours are given from 7 to 11 p.m. and admission is $5.

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