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November 3, 2005

Vintage Virginia Apples Festival — 'Where are the apples of yesterday?'

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I ask myself that question every day.

If you've also wondered where they went you could do worse than make your way to North Garden, Virginia (outside Charlottesville) this coming Saturday, November 5, for the annual Apple Harvest Festival.

Rural Ridge Orchard, the site of the festival, is owned by Charlotte Shelton and her family.

They grow over 200 varieties of heirloom apples there.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Slow Food Workshops will take place at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

"The Cove Garden Ruritans will also be present to serve Brunswick stew and apple butter," wrote Christi Wampler in yesterday's Charlottesville Daily Progress story.

She continued, "The Ruritans will provide hayrides and displays focusing on history and crafts."

So what do you have to do that's any more appealing than all this great fun in my neck of the woods?

Here are directions.

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If enough joeheads decide to attend and let me know by Friday I might even make a personal appearance and share an apple or two with you.

Never tasted an Albemarle pippin?

Then you haven't lived.

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