DUMMERSTON -- Sunday, Oct. 7, is the 43rd annual Apple Pie Festival at the Dummerston Congregational Church, rain or shine. Festival worship is at 9 a.m., with prayers for farms and farmers, harvest hymns, a brief meditation on gratitude and the "Apple Pie Hymn" written by Charles Broadhead.
This Sunday, as every Sunday, the church will light a yellow candle for protection for those serving overseas, for care for those who have returned, for comfort for those who mourn, and for peace in every war-torn part of the world.
This Sunday, a green candle will be lit for farms and farmers, especially for the farms and farmers of Dummerston: Bunker Farm, Elysian Hills Tree Farm, Evans Maple Farm, Hickin’s Mountain Mowings, Jillson’s Dairy and Egg Farm, Miller Farm, New Leaf CSA, Scott Farm, Sheep’s Nose Farm, Sweet Tree Farm, Walker Farm, and all the gardens and gardeners.
Pie sales begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 1,500 pies are sold out. Youth group hand-cranked ice cream, Miller cider, Green Mountain Coffee, Adams doughnuts, Grafton Cheese and handmade pies by the slice or whole, what-nots from Grandmother’s attic, Rada knives and SERRV fair trade crafts will be on sale in front of the church and under the big tent. This year a DVD by Theresa Maggio, "Behind the Pie" will be sold for $10. It shows the work behind the festival from orchard to final pie sold. This festival helps fund the church and its community outreach. It is a community event with thousands coming to this classic white church on a hill and has been named one of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce 10 Best Events for 2012.
Friday, Oct. 12, is a Community Pizza and Games night from 6 to 8 p.m. The church will provide pizza dough and basics and others are invited to bring a favorite topping and a salad or dessert to share. All are welcome.
There is a Contemplative Prayer Service of shared silence each Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the candlelit sanctuary.