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October 2, 2014

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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-19 Annual event a Harstine Island institution By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com The annual Harstine Island Apple Squeeze and Fall Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Harstine Island Community Hall at 3371 E. Harstine Island Road N. The festival, organized by the Harstine Island Gar- den Club, has taken place for more than 25 years. "I love seeing the chil- dren's faces," said Jill Meek, Harstine Island Garden Club co-president. "They get to watch the apples go in the machine. People will be able to see the whole process." Apple squeezing and cider sales will begin at 9 a.m. and end when the cider runs out. Last year, festivalgoers pressed seven crates -- about 5,600 pounds -- of fresh Eastern Washing- ton apples into cider. "What's cool about this is it's raw, it's unpasteur- ized," Meek said. "It's just a fun-filled day." The festival also marks the last outdoor day of the Harstine Island Saturday Market until next spring. The event includes seasonal foods and apple- themed dishes, music and crafts. "Instead of having caramel apples, we have warmed caramel and I serve it in a boat with ap- ple slices," Meek said. Zach Ireland, left, and Tyler Ireland, feed apples into an apple press at the 2013 Harstine is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 11. ',, "t Jove seeing the children's faces, They get to watch the apples go in the machine, People will be ahie to see the whole process." Jill Meek, Harstine Island Garden Club co-president This year, the club will Rodius. squeeze most of the apples have an apple press dat- 'q e're going to have each year. One hand- ing back to 1880 on dis- some fabulous folk mu-cranked press is also avail- play, Meek said. sic," Meek said. able for people who want to The festival also in- The Harstine Island bring theirownapples. eludes music at 11 a.m. Garden Club provides The event raises about and 12:15 p.m. featuring handmade, motor-driv- $500 each year for the a performance by John en apple presses, which garden club. Journal file photo Island Apple Squeeze, This year's event IF YOU GO: WHAT: Harstine Island Apple Squeeze and Fall Festival WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 WHERE: Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371 E. Harstine Island Road N. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 427-4466 HARSTINE ISLAND NEWS R;oain, rain go away -- ell, I don't think that is ing to happen. At the weekly Kiwanis meet- ing, we have a tradition called the "Happy Dol- lar" in which we offer up a dollar and tell everyone what we are happy about. At least four of the members were happy about the rains returning. I think this is a true sentiment for Northwesterners. We like the green-mold effect. That said, I am hoping for an Indian Summer and a few more days of sun. Speaking of fall, Oct. 10 marks the Harstine Island Community Club's Oktoberfest By MIKE CALLAGHAN potluck dinner. This event is the community club's oppor- tunity to recognize selected individuals who have made significant contributions to the island. Individuals receive Honored Citi- zen and Citizen of the Year awards. These awards, along with the club's first Oktoberfest celebration, began in 1987 during the presidency of Gerri Lewis. It was Damon LaJune who suggested presenting the awards during this annual meeting. The tradition will continue into the hall's 100th year and into the future. Mark your calendars to at- tend the meeting and bring your favorite dish to accompany the brats and beer supplied by the community club. As always, all islanders are wel- come to come and enjoy the festivities. The doors will open at 6 p.m., the potluck dinner will start at 6:30 p.m., and the program will follow about 7 p.m. a brief business meeting. Organizers expect a large turnout, so please bring a generous potluck dish to share with all. The Centennial Celebration is drawing to a close with a time- capsule dedication at 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Everyone is invit- ed to attend. The doors will open at 2 p.m. Attendees can watch the articles being placed into the 50-year time capsule. The Harst- ine Island Choir will be perform- ing as well. It has been a year to remember. Oct. 11 is going to be a big day for the island. It is the an- nual Harstine Island Apple Squeeze and Fall Festival. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Apples are brought in on crates, squeezed into juice and sold to the anxious buyers. This will also be the last Sat- urday for our farmers market until next summer. The market will run a little longer that day; it will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be some entertainment and craft dem- onstrations in the hall along with hot dogs and other food items. This is always a fun fam- ily activity in which the kids can help squeeze the juice out of those delicious round red orbs. Mason 5 Firefighters' As- sociation will be having its first-ever pancake breakfast on the island. It will be Oct. 11 at fire station 9 next to the com- munity club. It will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Organizers will serve pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice. They are asking for donations, with the proceeds going to Mason 5 Firefighters' Association. The event is in conjunction with October being National Fire Prevention see HARSTINE, page A-24