DUMMERSTON -- Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church begins at 9 a.m. on Apple Pie Festival Sunday, Oct. 13, (note time change.) Short, joyful worship, surrounded by pies in the pews, will focus on II Timothy 4: 2, "Proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple." (The Message) The Meditation is "Be a Missionary: Following the Example of Johnny Appleseed."
The traditional "Apple Pie Hymn" written by Charles Broadhead, and the "Johnny Appleseed Grace," a Swedenborgian hymn, will be sung. Music leadership will be provided by Franz Robert, organist. Children will be in worship with their families for this child-friendly service. Following worship, the church school will hike to Prospect Hill for a picnic.
The Apple Pie Festival begins with the ringing of the bell at 10 a.m. and continues until sold out, usually around 1 p.m. Pies whole ($13) or by the slice, Grafton Cheese by slice or slab, Adams doughnuts, hand-cranked ice cream, cider, coffee, iced tea, soda and water will be sold; along with Apple Pie pins, aprons, ceramic tiles with a picture of the church, "Behind the Pie" DVDs and what-nots from "Grandmother’s Attic." A Hunter’s Star quilt in blues and greens will be raffled with the drawing at 1 p.m.
Hundreds of hours have been donated to make the festival’s 1,500 homemade apple pies. Dwight Miller Organic Orchard donated all the apples and to Green Mountain Orchard provided cold-storage for pies.