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Westfield Historical Society to Host Roaring 20s-Themed Apple Fest Saturday

Art for the 2015 Apple Fest poster by Danny Schwartz. A limited number of posters for sale Saturday. Credits: Danny Schwartz

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The Westfield Historical Society’s sixth annual Apple Fest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center. This year’s theme is the roaring 1920s when, according to the WHS, Westfield marked its 200-year anniversary with a pageant, Mindowaskin Park was dedicated and the Rialto Theater opened its doors to screen silent films for 30 cents a ticket. Apple Fest will run from noon until 4 p.m. with a rain date on Sunday, Oct. 4.

“Apple Fest is an annual fund-raising event," explained Committee Chair Mary Konsalaki. “It draws all ages with the Apple Café -fashioned this year as a ‘speak easy’ serving celebrated local food, an apple pie-baking contest, old fashioned games, dance lessons by the Fred Astaire studio and DaphneDancing, showings of clips from silent movies, exhibits celebrating the 1920s historic pageant, a Polaroid photobooth for taking flapper-style pictures  and of course, offerings from top-tier local vendors. We are excited to welcome back our award-winning local artist, Danny Schwartz, who creates our commemorative Apple Fest posters.”

The poster features an illustration by award-winning artist and Westfield native Danny Schwartz. Schwartz’s illustration for the 2009 Apple Fest poster was honored by the Society of Illustrators in one of the nation’s most prestigious competitions of student work.

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There will also be tours that day of the Reeve House and Museum, pumpkin painting and a 1920s antiques and curiosities sale by Golden Bee Antiques of Westfield.

The Reeve house museum and cultural center is located at 314 Mountain Ave. in Westfield. For more information about Apple Fest and to enter the apple pie contest, call 908-654-1794 or visit

“Apple Fest would not be possible without the help of a large number of volunteers, including members and friends of the Historical Society and large numbers of students from the Westfield High School, local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and church youth groups,” Konsalaki added.

Parking will be limited. Walking or biking is encouraged.

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