2016 BCC Apple Fest!

The 2016 Apple fest was a great success, and raised over $7000 towards the Brooktondale Community Center general operating fund!


Apple pies!

You can’t have an apple pie without the apples. A Huge THANK YOU goes out to Brayton and Jeanette Foster of Kingtown Orchards who were able to supply us and their other customers with Cortland apples even though they lost their crop to the late frost this spring.

And another Huge THANK YOU and special acknowledgement go to Sodexo Ithaca Dining Services at Ithaca College -Scott McWilliams, Brian the Baker and his team – for baking the pies to perfection the day before the festival, delivering them to us, then coming back to collect the racks. We could not have done this without you!

The community was very enthusiastic about making pies! Thank you all!  Nine pie bees attended by 151 people yielded 351 pies to sell at the Apple Festival.  We actually cancelled the last two pie bees because we reached our goal!

These are the groups who helped out: Ithaca College Student volunteers (3 pie bees!), exercise class attendees, 2016 AppleFest quilters, ROUSE, Boy Scout Troop 55, Friends of Diana’s, the Caroline PTA, Bunco Babes, and community members at large.   Special thanks go to Lucy Gagliardo, and Nancy and Mark Hall for attending all the pie bees and finding space to freeze the pies, and Dawn Smith (the Dough Whisperer) and her granddaughter LuLu who were a great team teaching us how to mix the pie crust and helping troubleshoot when the crust was uncooperative!

NOTE: We have frozen pies still available, both baked and not-yet-baked. Please contact Nancy Hall (hallupholstery@yahoo.com or 539-7515) if you would like one (or two!) for upcoming holiday celebrations!

Kid’s Corner!

New this year! These indoor activities were very popular, so we will continue to include these at future Fests. The Applefest quilters, led by Betsy McKean, helped children sew their own small quilt for a beanie baby they chose from a collection generously donated by a community member. Other activities included pumpkin painting assisted by Annie Loucks, face painting by Mycena Phillips and friends, a table of quilt designs to color and a “guess the # of candies” jar!

Quilt Raffle!

This year’s quilt generated a lot of interest! The quilter’s included Betsy McKean, Jean Snow, Beth Hollier, Deb Casey, Diane Bradac, Nancy Hall, Joanne Hindman, Peggy Dunlop, Lucy Gagliardo, Kathy Cornelius, Karen Hansen, and Abby Simonin. We sold almost 2900 tickets, and the lucky winner was Ann Cedarholm of Ithaca, who was absolutely thrilled to win!



The Brooktondale Community Center Board would like to send out a huge thank you to the following donors to our silent auction. Thank you for helping make the 53rd Annual Applefest a success!

Agava                                                                         Americana Vineyards

The Antlers                                                               Brookton’s Market

Collegetown Bagels                                                Copper Horse Coffee

Cornell Orchards                                                     Cornell Plantations

Dunkin’ Donuts                                                        Dutch Handyman

East Hill Car Wash                                                   Five Below

Gadabout                                                                  Hall Upholstery

Hatch Honey                                                             Judd Falls Wines & Spirits

Ithaca Agway Farm & Home Center                     Mandeville Farms

Many Ann Simpson                                                 Mary Beth Ihnken

Mike Munch                                                             Moe’s Southwest Grill

Monrovia Nursery (Jim Casey)                               P&C Fresh

Panera Bread                                                           Peggy Dunlop

Rasa Spa                                                                   Sherwin Williams

Six Mile Creek Winery                                             Snow Farm

TCAT                                                                           Thomas Farm B&B

We have the following items that will be available for bidding at Brookton’s Market.  Please stop in and place your bid. We will wind up the bidding by November 15.

Cornell Plantations Family Membership – provides discounts at the gift store, local classes and workshops, reciprocal benefits at botanical gardens, arboreta and conservatories across the US.

TCAT – One year pass to begin upon first use.

Moosewood Cooks for a Crowd Cookbook.

Panera Bread – Monthly Bagels (1 dozen) for 1 year.


This year administration for the 5K run was taken over by the Caroline Elementary PTA and had 71 runners! Proceeds from the race went to the Caroline PTA Programming and Healthy Food Initiative and the Brooktondale Community Center. Caroline wanted to thank all their sponsors for supporting them for their first ever 5K. It was quite a success!  We hope to double the registration for next year. The BCC was very pleased with the outcome and is looking forward to a continued relationship with the Caroline Elementary PTA and school community.

A very special thanks to all our volunteers:

For donating cakes for the cake wheel: Doreen Clark, Lynn Tilton, Hope Mandeville, Lucy Gagliardo, Nancy Hall, Penny Ciccone, Karen Raponi, Laurie Williams, Sandy Schonfeldt, Jurene Murray, Michael and Mary Beth Parkhurst, Lulu Smith, Ethel Orton, Justine Kalka, Judy Epstein, Diane Bradac, Dorothy Preston, Max Mandeville, and all the others who brought cakes but didn’t leave their names!

And Especially to Bob Schindelbeck, Paulus Dominicus, and Lulu Smith for being our expert cake wheel spinners!

Kid’s Corner Volunteers: Lucy Gagliardo, Betsy McKean, Mycena Phillips, Jerelynn Smith, Riley Simon, Sofi Inigo Payne, and Annie Loucks.

Quilt Ticket Sellers: Deb Casey, Diane Bradac, Jean Snow, and Joanne Hindman, and all who sold tickets leading up to the festival!

Food/Kitchen Preparers/sellers/servers: Mary Weiss Andersson, Lucy Gagliardo, Zach Hall, Jean and Greg Nickel, and Mark and Nancy Hall.

T-shirt sellers: Justine Kalka

Cornell Student Volunteers (various duties during the day): Susan Huang, Stephanie Sinwell, Jenny Yin, and Whitney LaRoche.

Clean-up crew: Erin Barrett, Mike Gabello, and Veronique Domaratsky.

Pie Sellers: Marty and Susie Hatch.

Outdoor games: John Haines-Eitzen, and Eli and Ben Haines-Eitzen.

Silent Auction helpers and “roamers”: Emily Adams, Barry Adams, Dan Phillips, Barbara Perrone, Carol Barra, and Nancy Hall.

Thanks to Shaka for providing impromptu music!

If we have forgotten anyone, we apologize and thanks go out to you also.

And last but not least, a huge thank you to Scott Williams and SODEXO of Ithaca College Dining for baking all our pies!

The volunteers are what make this Community Center a success!


2016 Apple Fest Memories:


2014 Apple Fest Memories:
Special thanks to Kyra Umrigar for her help in photographing the 2014 Apple Fest!