By Mike Reese
The Unicoi County Apple Festival can be described in a few words: food, fun, fellowship, vendor sales, and entertainment. With the exception of entertainment, the senior center will provide opportunities for all of the above this weekend. Proceeds from all Clinchfield Senior Adult Center (CSAC) festival activities support the senior centers operating expenses, and the Apple Festival is always our greatest fundraising opportunity of the year.
The amount of revenue that can be earned during the festival weekend is vitally important to the senior center due to the large percentage of operating expenses that must be generated through fundraising. For that reason, we are extremely grateful to the Modern Woodmen of America organization, which has approved a matching funds grant of up to $2,500 this year for a special project to update the senior centers old, inefficient telephone system.
On Friday only, the senior center will serve an old-fashioned country breakfast prepared by members of the Unicoi Ruritan Club from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast will be our traditional Boxcar Special consisting of homemade buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, bacon, scrambled eggs, grits, glazed apples, orange juice and coffee for $6. Eat in our spacious, climate controlled dining room or ask for a carry-out.
Check out the senior center vendor booth at the corner of Main Avenue and Union Street across from the entrance to Hawg and Dawg restaurant. Hours for vendor street sales are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Items at our booth will include varied craft items ranging from quilts to Christmas ornaments, Apple Relish, Dilly Beans, pecans halves and pieces, black walnuts, English walnuts, and, in the early morning hours, coffee and snacks.
On Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and on Saturday until all are sold, fried apple pies will be available in the dining room and at our downtown booth. Why not arrange to meet your friends at the Senior Center dining room to visit in comfort and enjoy a dessert and beverage while you rest your feet a spell? Some of the same items that will be for sale at our downtown booth will also be available in the dining room.
We appreciate all of our friends and members who have already committed to help in some way during the festival weekend. However, we can always use a few more volunteers for 2- to 3-hour time periods for the following activities: set up on Thursday and take down on Saturday, working in our vendor booth, helping with sales tables in the senior center dining room, serving as receptionist in the lobby, serving as a parking lot attendant, or assisting with custodial duties on Friday evening.
If you can help for any period of time on Thursday, Friday or Saturday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., please call our office to talk with a staff member.
For additional information about any senior center activities, please call the senior center at 743-5111 or visit our facility at 220 Union Street midway between Main Avenue and Elm Avenue any time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
By Mike Reese