The Festival Of Festivals! 10/09/2010 The Apple Castle and Volant

Saturday October 9, 2010
The Apple Castle New Wilmington, PA

Last Saturday Cool Daddy, Adaline, my mom, and I headed out to The Apple Castle for their fall festival.

 When we first arrived we went to take a look around the store. It’s a small store so it was very crowded. We went to see the bees. Since mom and I usually visit The Apple Castle in the winter this was the first time we really got to see the bees. There’s a hidden tunnel that leads to the outside so that the bees can come and go as they please. Adaline seemed to like looking at them, even though she looks bored in the photos.


“Daddy, I like this tiny pumpkin.”


Right next to the store they had set up a tent with displays of pumpkins and gourds.






Once again Adaline was very excited about the pumpkins. Instead of calling them “balls” this time my mom managed to get her to say “pump”. Since then she’s went back to calling them balls.

The Cutest Pumpking in the Patch 🙂


When Adaline saw some pumpkins turned on their sides she pointed to the indentation on the bottom and said “belly button” 🙂



The “Apple of our eye” at The Apple Castle…awww!

The Apple of Our Eye




We tried to get a family photo, but it was way too bright! (Yep, let’s frame this one.)



In front of the store they had a stage set up. We didn’t watch any of the performances but we did catch a glimpse of some ladies clogging in poufy skirts. Awesome.
They also had medics and the fire department there. I’m not sure if they were there for emergencies, but they were giving the kids tours of their trucks, which I thought was pretty cool.
 Next to the Apple Castle is a huge field where they had all of the vendors set up under tents. It wasn’t the best craft show that I’ve ever been to, but it was nice. (If you want a really good craft show I recommend Christmas in the Woods…but you have to pay admission. Boo.) We found a couple of cute things for Adaline.




Adaline loved walking around.



 They had an apple press there and they were giving fresh apple cider demonstrations. I thought it was pretty neat and I would’ve volunteered to press the apples when I was a little girl. I would have tried some of the cider, but there were bees everywhere, so I kept myself away from there.


And there was also this.
Although we didn’t bother to get any because it was so hot outside.



They had these horse and wagon rides, but we didn’t bother to ride them. It was just too hot out to go sit in a pile of hay with strangers.

 While my mom and Adaline went back to the car for a diaper change and to cool off in the air conditioning, Cool Daddy and I went back to the pumpkin tent to pick out a pumpkin. After that we decided to go. We had spent about 2 hours total at the festival.

After The Apple Castle the plan was to go to the Volant Autumn Pumpkin Festival a little ways down the road. There really is only one place to eat in Volant, so I recommended we try a restaurant on the way there. We stopped at this cute little restaurant. I really liked it. It had the old fashioned country décor that I love so much. They were very busy so we were seated upstairs (where it wasn’t near as cute. Boo!). Adaline ate her food while we were waiting for ours and then she became obsessed with a stuffed lion that was on a set of bookshelves behind her. She would stare at it and point and say “Do Do” (her word for “dog”). It turned out to be a puppet…and oh do I love puppets. So I kept us both entertained until the food got there. At some point we noticed that Adaline was wet. Cool Daddy went out to the car to get the diapering stuff and then I waited for the bathroom to be available. I opened the door, stepped in, and stepped right back out. Not only was there no baby changing station, but there was barely room enough in there to change your mind. There was a sitting room area behind our table where there was a leather sofa that no one was sitting on. I decided that I would change her on the sofa. I couldn’t get to the room because someone was blocking the way so I decided to go out of the room and go in the other door. When I was doing that I noticed a whole other dining area that no one was at and so I put the changing mat on the floor and changed Adaline’s diaper in this pretty little tea room. It was very uncomfortable because I was kneeling on a wooden floor and it really hurt my knees and I was wearing big hiking boots that made it difficult to bend my toes. Adaline really wanted to get up and I was worried because there were two sets of stairs with no baby gates. Needless to say it was quite an experience. As if that wasn’t bad enough right before we left she got an even dirtier diaper. Thankfully the entire upstairs had left and we were able to change her on the leather sofa. Despite the whole diaper debacle I found the restaurant quite charming with good food and I would really like a chance to dine on the first floor to see what the atmosphere is like down there.



 As if the details about diaper changes weren’t exciting enough, there’s even more! After we left the restaurant it was finally time to go get our Volant on. I was excited because I’ve always loved Volant, but we usually go in the winter and sometimes it’s just too cold to enjoy it. Well, it was busy. It was very busy. It was insanely busy. There was absolutely no where to park. There was traffic everywhere. There were people everywhere. Apparently a lot of people wanted to get their Volant on too. It was at this point my mom informed me that Adaline had fallen asleep in her car seat. I decided there was no point in looking for a parking space and we would just head home. I was bummed. I was even more bummed that we were practically out of Volant before I thought, “Hey, I should take some pictures of the traffic to post on the blog.”
So here are some completely underwhelming photos of traffic. Take this times about 20 to get an idea of how busy it actually was down in the hub of the whole thing.


As we were heading home I decided to ask my mom if she remembered this time that “blah, blah, blah”. I’m not going to tell you the whole memory I asked her about, but here’s the gist of it: I was 16 it was winter and I remember a covered bridge with a big field next to it. My mom had no idea what I was talking about. I wasn’t exactly sure either which is why I asked her. Then I saw a sign that said something about a covered bridge and I had my husband turn down that road. We were going down this bumpy, windy, wooded road and my mom and husband kept joking that there was no covered bridge and the name of the road was covered bridge road because there probably was a covered bridge a long time ago but there isn’t anymore and hardy-har-har-har. And then, hey what’s that…




That would be a covered bridge folks. Oh, yes it is. And wait, what’s this right here…




Oh yeah. That looks like it might be a big ole field right next to that there covered bridge. Oh, vague memory of strange detail, we win again!


Now that we’re done hunting for covered bridges we are really on our way home. We pass the restaurant that we ate at and I take a picture of the front of it through the window.


Hang on, there’s a really uninteresting story behind the photo and you really don’t want to read it, but I’m going to go there anyway. So here it is: When we were leaving the restaurant I wanted to take a picture of it. I was explaining to mom and Hubby that when you mention something in a blog post, people like to have a visual of it. I got a picture of the entrance which I posted earlier, but I was unable to get a photo of the front of the building. There was this group of people that I assume were related to one another. There were probably about 10 of them and they all had cameras around their necks and they were taking pictures of each other. In fact, they were so engrossed in their picture taking that they didn’t even bother to close the door to the restaurant…so I went back and shut it. They were all over the front of that lawn. I can’t blame them. I would’ve done the same thing if I was having some sort of family get together. Oh wait, I was having a get together and trying to get some pictures but I couldn’t because The Family Von Takealltheroom was hogging the space. But seriously, it’s okay because it really seems like this is the first time these people had gotten together in years and I loved that fact that they were getting so many photos of their family together. I’m the same way, so I totally get it.
 After we got home and put the princess to bed, Cool Daddy and I ate a loaf of this…


 Yummy bread from The Apple Castle.

And here’s everything we got at The Apple Castle that day minus our big pumpkin (which was outside when I took this photo) and the loaf of bread we’d scarfed down.

I got some fun gourds and mini pumpkins and pretty Indian corn. Not for any particular reason, just because I thought they were cute. We also picked up some apple cider (Duh! And also…yum!) and of course the homemade bread. 

We got Adaline some adorable hats that she’ll probably never keep on her head. We were trying them on her at the booth and everyone just raved about how cute she was. The vendor even commented that she should keep her there to help her sell more hats.




I absolutely adore the hand crocheted Care Bear. It was only $15! If I had known at the time that we wouldn’t be going into any of the Volant Shoppes, I would’ve bought more of them. We tried several different bears and animals, but Adaline kept going back to Grumpy Bear. I said that it’s because it reminds her of her mama! The ladies at the crochet booth had a little Chihuahua there with them. Adaline was so excited to pet it and say “Do Do! Do Do!” I wish I would’ve asked these ladies if they had a card because their crocheted animals were so charming and reasonably priced, I think I would’ve referred all friends and family to them for any and all of Adaline’s future stuffed toys. I wished they had a Cheer Bear Care Bear available…I would’ve bought it whether Adaline wanted it or not. Cheer Bear was the one I had as a child and I have no idea how or why she got replaced over the years. That’s definitely one of the toys I would’ve chosen to keep. It would’ve been great to “replace” her with a handmade crocheted version of her. Oh well.

So there you have it. All of the painfully dull details. Despite my drab story we really did have a nice time. I think we wouldn’t mind returning to the Apple Castle Fall Festival and Craft Fair again next year.
 Check out our trip to The Spring House!

Be sure to stop back to read about our trip to Hozak Farms that we took on Columbus Day!


About Jenn Rian

Jenn Rian is a mom, blogger, actress, yoga instructor, and cosplayer. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. Author of and (

Posted on October 16, 2010, in Fall, Traditions and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. All of your pictures are so cute! And that looked like a really fun Festival! … But the Bees… I LOVE! 🙂


  2. Hi. I work at the Apple Castle. I really enjoyed reading your article. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, enjoy the festival, and write about it. I loved the photo of your little “pumpkin” among all the other pumpkins. Precious!


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