This past weekend was the 22nd Annual Apple Butter Festival here in Salem, West Virginia. But what really made it a fun and memorable time for me was the family and friends that came to visit over the weekend. Friday evening we enjoyed having Great Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Tom, and Cousin Michael over with Grandpa and Grandma for dinner and a game of Rook.
Walking through the festival grounds with cousins Tim and Chris the next day, we stopped to chat with the old-time apple butter makers and took a turn stirring the steaming apple butter as it simmered in the big iron kettle. It takes eight long hours of cooking over an open fire before the apple butter is ready to be enjoyed. But when it finally is ready, yum, is it good!
Our afternoon entertainment centered around a couple of games of Settlers of Catan. To our surprise, our cousins already knew about this favorite family game and were old pros at it. Later in the day, the Potter family arrived from Virginia with their copy of Settlers. Needless to say, we enjoyed several fun games together.
It was the first time the Potters had come out to visit us since our move to West Virginia and we all enjoyed playing with the children, taking a hike around the property, making music together, and catching up on what the Lord’s been doing in each other’s lives. Their memorable visit brought a fitting conclusion to a wonderful West Virginia weekend.
pictures taken by Robert Staddon