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Thousands to Enjoy Cheshire Fall Festival

This week's Frugal Family feature suggests the Fall Festival is the best bet around.

The ever-popular Cheshire Fall Festival, sponsored by the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, takes place Saturday at Bartlem Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. LOTS of fun stuff going on, including a crafts fair, dozens of booths and tables (some with drawings and free giveaways) entertainment, music by "Eight to the Bar", the Kiwanis carnival, classic car show, fireworks and MORE.  Free admission and parking. Don’t miss it! Click here for details.

With Labor Day over and a touch of fall in the air, we New Englanders turn our thoughts to… apples!  Drazen Orchards, in Cheshire has Cortland, McIntosh and other kinds of apples ripe and ready for the picking, as well as pears, peaches and more – plus a variety of goodies for sale in their farm store. Enjoy a fun and “fallish” day picking apples with the family – then go home and make applesauce!

Support “Feed America,” a program that donates meals to a network of food banks across the country at . Here’s the deal: purchase $15 worth of products including ice cream by Breyers, Ben & Jerry’s, Popsicle or Klondike; Skippy peanut butter, Lipton tea, Knorr side dishes, Suave skin products and more (click here for the details), and save $4 instantly. Unilever then will add a donation to “Feed America” – up to 1.2 million meals in total.

Gershwin fans won’t want to miss “The Great American Piano Revisited”, a concert of new, unpublished Gershwin tunes premiering Monday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. at l.  Paul Bisaccia, pianist, will perform these new pieces. The concert will also include some old favorites by Eubie Blake, Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin. Tickets are just $5. Call the box office at 203-699-5495 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for more information or to order tickets; or go online here.

Restaurant.com has $25 gift certificates for $10 (or $10 certificates for $5) to the Groggy Frogg, 129 Center Street in Southington. Go for the famous chili, the wings or burgers, and stay for live music, karaoke and other fun. Click here for details.

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