Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Berkshires' Apple Squeeze

When it comes to New England in the fall, it doesn’t get more picturesque than the Apple Squeeze festival in Lenox, Massachusetts. Set in this historic town, the Apple Squeeze was held the last weekend of September this year and offered delicious corn chowder, quilted delights and exotic linens, and amazing baked goods that were gawked at by passersby. Not only did the celebration welcome locals but visitors from all over the world as well.

The Apple Squeeze officially welcomes the season of apple cider, apple crisps, and, apple pies. The Squeeze was the brainchild of Charlie Flint, a local art and antiques dealer, who wanted a proper way to show the viability and vibrancy of autumn in the heart of the beautiful Berkshire Hills in Western Massachusetts. Life magazine once described Lenox as “Currier and Ives lovely,” and this past weekend captured such an essence, as families had fun during a great weekend in the center of town.

The Apple Squeeze isn't just about apples, apple cider, and apple pie. Children took part in the hayrides and petted the many dogs that were being walked, and families enjoyed the Lenox Fire Department parade — celebrating the department's centennial year. There was also, of course, face painting.

Among the restful beauty and gentle hills, the crowds were actively seeking ways to be entertained at this joyful event, and there were many, from the area band class at the upscale bar and restaurant Firefox, where patrons dined on BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches in the crisp, sunny air, to the sidewalks, where shoppers were stocking up on winter sweaters and jackets — maybe because they were on sale or maybe because snow is just around the corner.

— Michelle Blackley, Senior Publicist

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