By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer
Northborough – The Northborough Applefest Committee has announced additional plans and activities to be held during the weekend of Sept. 15-18.
New this year is a pre-entertainment pizza dinner, which is being organized by Northborough Girl Scout Troops 30155 and 30483 to be held Thursday, Sept. 15. Dinner tickets will be sold in late August and early September and information will be listed soon on their website at www.northboroughgirlscouts.org. The money earned will be used to fund future Girl Scout trips and activities for the troops.
The dinner will consist of pizza, a drink and an apple and will be held in the cafeteria at Robert E. Melican Middle School, 145 Lincoln St., Northborough, between 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
The troops involved are led by Gina Anderson, Anne Campbell, Sue Feeney and Maria Mihalek.
“The two troops are excited to partner together to run a new event that we hope will be a new tradition during Applefest weekend,” said Anderson. “It is particularly exciting to get involved this year because Applefest will be even more special with activities celebrating Northborough’s 250th anniversary.”
Northborough Girl Scouts Service Unit Manager and veteran troop leader Kendra Owen said it is really positive to see the Girl Scouts get more involved in the Applefest festivities.
“It’s a great way for the general public to see them,” she said. “Doing something like this helps the girls achieve their goals while collaborating and working together.”
Dinner guests are also encouraged to stay for the free kids’ entertainment sponsored by the four elementary school PTOs which will start at 7 p.m. in the gym.
Events continue Friday, Sept. 16, starting with the annual Dessert Bake-off, which will be held at the Northborough Senior Center from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. The main ingredient has to be apple, but other than that you can be as creative as you want. There will also be a category for a diabetic-friendly recipe.
The winner of the bake-off will be announced at noon at a luncheon hosted by the Senior Center’s café The Bistro, at 145 Bearfoot Road, Northborough. A pre-set menu at the cost of $6.50 will be offered and reservations can be made starting Friday, Sept. 2.
As the sun sets on Friday, the crowds will head over for the Applefest Gala: Cocktails under the Stars, which will once again be held at the Juniper Hills Golf Course Pavilion from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. It will feature the band Fever, a high energy seven-piece cover band from western Mass. Light hors d’ouevres will be served and a cash bar and silent auction will be available. Tickets are available at Lowe’s Variety and Meat Market, 255 W. Main St., or online at www.applefestgala.eventbrite.com. Cost is $40 each or $75 per couple through Monday, Aug. 15. After that date, there will be a slight price increase.
The gala is a collaboration of effort by Northboro Local First and the Northborough Education Foundation. Based on last year’s response, the event is expected to be sold out quickly.
Applefest Inc. is a volunteer-run event that relies on donations from residents and businesses for support. Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/2bx3j55w. Information on all the upcoming Applefest events and how you can donate can be found at www.northboroughapplefest.com, or on Twitter or Facebook.