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Apple Harvest Festival to benefit Newfane Historical Society

NEWFANE – When the nights start getting cooler and the kids go back to school, you know the apple orchards will be busy and the Apple Harvest Festival is just around the corner.

This year’s festival is planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday on the grounds of the Newfane Historical Society’s Country Village, 2685 W. Creek Road, Newfane.

The free event is family-oriented and features something to appeal to all ages. Look for live performances, historical demonstrations, a tractor and farm equipment show, a large flea market, food, crafts, local products for sale and hands-on fun. All village exhibits will be open for perusal.

Restoration of the Lockport Felt Mill’s original 1920s Crompton and Knowles loom is complete. This same loom helped manufacture papermaking felt at the Lockport Felt Company in Newfane until 1984. The loom started producing new fabrics last year, thanks to weavers Pat Fralick, Claire Oaks and Sam Clogston. A limited number of handbags have been crafted by Emily Morrissey from this fabric and will be available for sale and on display at the festival.

The event is held rain or shine. Organizers are still looking for volunteers. Visit: for details.

Patrons may also visit the Van Horn Mansion, open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays at 2165 Lockport-Olcott Road, Burt, just a short drive away. Candlelight tours at the mansion -- widely believed to be haunted -- will be held Fridays and Saturdays in October, from 7 to 11 p.m. (last tour leaves at 10 p.m.). Admission is $5 per person for the candlelight tours and reservations are strongly suggested by contacting or 727-9816.

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