New Paltz Reformed Church’s Applestock Festival returns to Huguenot Street

Pam McClellan-Wright, Margot Tucker, Kym Tiffany and Lisa Curtis (lr) spent last Saturday selling three kinds of apple pies at the Applestock event at the Reformed Church in New Paltz. (Photos by Lauren Thomas)

The sun smiled on Huguenot Street last Saturday, with temperatures comfortable in the low 70s, as New Paltz Reformed Church’s annual harvest festival, Applestock, made a modestly triumphant return. “Everyone is thankful to be back outside and meeting up,” said Karyn Morehouse, who presided over the raffle and the T-shirt tent.

The longtime volunteer explained that due to the 2020 pandemic, the Church hosted a smaller-scale, socially remote bakery and fall market in Place de Applestock, with curbside pickup. rue de tares that needed to be pre-ordered. And indeed, the sale of awesome fragrant homemade apple pies – using donated apples and volunteer work – is the main draw for the fundraising event. While this year’s turnout has been “slower than most years,” Morehouse pointed out that even when things are more normal, “a lot of people just come for the pie.”

The modified version of Applestock for 2021 retained the pre-order mechanism, but also featured a tent where pies could be purchased on a whim. Out of 192 pies in total that had been baked for the occasion, only about 20 remained by mid-afternoon. Another popular item, the apple fritters cooked fresh by Church youth program volunteers and sold in sets of half a dozen, were completely sold out and their tent taken down by 3 p.m.

The weather last Saturday was spectacular for the New Paltz Reformed Church’s annual Applestock event.

However, live music on the church porch continued beyond the official street festival closing time, in order to allow the last local band, OFFBeat, to perform a full set following difficulties. techniques during installation. Many attendees lingered, cheering enthusiastically as this tight quintet of New Paltz High School students sang a selection of heavy metal numbers, two songs from Cream for the Boomers in the audience and an original, titled “Quarantine “. Two for the Road, That Duo and Me and My Ex also performed earlier today.

In the parking lot behind the church, a catering tent has been set up. In addition to the usual fair selections such as burgers and hot dogs, visitors could purchase heavenly butternut squash puree soup, thick as a mousse, with mixed apple slices. ” It’s the best. I wonder if they have a recipe they would give away, ”said one participant who was enjoying a bowl of soup.

On both sides of Rue Huguenot were vendor stalls, luring passers-by with items such as handmade jewelry, soaps and candles, soft alpaca wool knits, wooden birdhouses, skin care products, pickles and cookies. One table featured an array of handicrafts imported from Africa, the sale of which has helped support the Church’s ongoing missionary efforts in Uganda.

Judy Elliot has been selling her popular homemade jams and jellies for many years at New Paltz Reformed Church’s annual fall celebration.

Judy Elliot, a mainstay of this festival for about 20 years, was back to sell her Autumn Whimsy Hudson Valley Jam and Jelly line. Her biggest seller, she said, is Rose Red, a raspberry / strawberry combo. But she also came up with a rarer item, “a jam I don’t think anyone else is wearing,” called Wild Autumn Berry. It’s made from the fruits of the fall olive, the flavor of which Elliot compares to peaches, though his recipe adds cloves and cinnamon, reminiscent of apple butter.

The fall olive tree grows wild in many places – including a grove across from where Elliot lives – and was often planted as a hedge before gardeners were wary of its propensity to be invasive. But the fruit contains “17 times the lycopene in a tomato,” she noted. “It’s great for you, it grows easily; I don’t see what’s so bad about it. Cornell says it’s supposed to be a cancer prevention tool.

Interviewing the low-key Applestock crowd and comparing the turnout to previous years, Elliot observed, “This year is not as important; but the weather is so beautiful for the first time after COVID. It’s great to be back.

Last Saturday, at the Applestock of the Reformed Church of New Paltz, Ginny Weinman-Leitner, Rob Leitner and Stephen Jacobs rocked the festival by playing the role of “Me and My X”.

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