Katara Simmons/News-Sun file All things fall will be featured at The Palms of Sebring this week during the annual Apple Harvest Festival.
published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Palms Apple Harvest Festival rings in fall
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING - Crimson-colored leaves, festive decor and those mouth-watering apple dumplings will take over The Palms of Sebring Wellness Center for the 17th year this week as the annual Apple Harvest Festival brings autumn into the Heartland.
The annual festival is a long tradition at The Palms. It was created by the late Lester Kesselring, who had a love of all things fall and autumn. After his many travels to the more autumn prone areas of the northeast, Kesselring thought it would be a good idea to bring fall to Central Florida for all to enjoy. Through Kesselring's passion, the Apple Harvest Festival continues to ring in fall in Highlands County each year.
Apples take center stage as the Palm's Chef Mac creates one-of-a-kind desserts, treats and sweets for patrons to enjoy that drive home the fall feel. Mac's famous apple dumplings are sure to continue to make their way home with residents and visitors alike. For the past few years, nearly 3,000 apple dumplings have been baked up and sold during the Palms' Apple Harvest Festival.
Other foods such as sauces, jams, pies, cookies will also be for sale. Flavorful treats aren't just limited to apple either; some of fall's most well-known flavors are known to make appearances at the festival each year. Sugar-free items will also be available for the more health conscious patrons.
Hundreds of decor items will be on display for purchase at the festival, many coming from Kesselring's own collection of fall-themed items. Dishes, statues, tea sets and much more will be available for purchase throughout the three-day event.
Kesselring's vision continues to live on under the direction of Wellness Director Adele Dornheim. Dornheim began taking over the preparation for the event since Kesselring's passing almost two years ago.
"We are very busy and very excited about this year's festival. It's looking good. "We have had several residents, staff and friends donate items for the festival. We've got some interesting and unusual items that we found from all over the place," said Dornheim.
"The festival is just warm and inviting. You get the oranges and all the colors from the leaves, of course you get the smells, the apples, the cinnamon. We want the people who aren't used to the season to experience the warmth of fall that we all know as northerners. Once you get in here, you just love it."
The Palms Apple Harvest Festival will take place Thursday through Saturday. The festival is open and free to the public; items for purchase are priced at various prices. The festival will be held in the Wellness Center of the Palms (725 S. Pine St.) and will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and closes out Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon.
For more information contact Dornheim at the Palms at 385-0161.
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