Over 20 members of the Guilford Civic Women will be busy this evening peeling 1,000 apples for apple crisp, the main atttraction at this Saturday’s 31st Annual Harvest Festival.
Gathering at the Christ Episcopal Church, they will peel and prepare the apples for assembling and baking the sweet treat Friday night, into Saturday morning. </.
In addition to the annual treat, the Festival will have over 35 fine craft vendors showcasing jewelry, woodcrafts, sewing and gourmet cookies, a beautiful babies and pet contest and a silent auction.
“This is a fundraiser for Guilford,” said Guilford Civic Women President Kristin Jones. She stressed that all the money raised during the event will help Guilford residents who need financial assistance.
”Our organization is committed to improving the lives of those around us and helping other organizations reaching their goals in helping those in need,” states guilfordcivicwomen.org.
Last year, over $13,000, $5,000 of which was raised during the festival, was donated to ABC House, Youth & Family Services, Guilford Fuel Fund, Guilford Food Bank, as well as individuals who requested assistance. “Throughout the year people do petition us, families that have emergencies come up and need help here and there,” she explained. “That’s what we try to do.”
There is no need to leave the children at home, as there will be children’s games, a paint your own pumpkin craft and more than one bouncy house to keep the children occupied. “We’re trying to evolve the kid’s area so there is more for kids to do,” said Jones.
So rain or shine, the Guilford Civic Women invite you to come to downtown Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and enjoy some homemade apple crisp while browsing through the many vendors they have invited to join them.
“The Guilford Green is, honestly, such a beautiful setting this time of year,” said Jones. “So it’s just such a fall thing to do.”