‘We have had quite a few people walk by and stop to look at the display, so the residents are proud’
Applefest may have been cancelled in the town of Brighton due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn’t stop Maplewood residents and staff from pitching in to keep the spirit of the annual celebration of all things apple alive.
Applefest is a flagship event held every September in Brighton that features a street fair, a parade and a variety of entertainment, and Maplewood residents and staff members always attend.
To keep things safe during the pandemic, the municipality encouraged local businesses to create festive autumn displays on their property, so the folks at Maplewood decided to get in on the action.
Residents and life enrichment aide Rosanne Blackburn created a front yard scene that features a very lifelike display of a Maplewood nurse and a resident – both wearing face masks to promote safety – surrounding a table covered with apples and a bag of flour to make apple pies.
Residents were involved with creating the display by helping with crafts, such as colouring foam balls red and green to make the apples.
They also glued the foam apples to a cupcake stand Rosanne gave them so the replica fruit wouldn’t blow away.
There’s even a homemade apple tree with laminated apples dangling from it the residents made, and the flour bag included in the display was crafted by residents from a potato sack.
With social distancing protocols in effect, Rosanne brought a few residents outside to stuff the display nurse with garbage bags, and residents decided on how everything was arranged.
Rosanne says the display is so realistic some pedestrians have had to look twice when passing by.
“We have had quite a few people walk by and stop to look at the display, so the residents are proud,” she says.
The display was completed Sept. 18 and will remain on Maplewood’s front lawn for the next few days.
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