Festival, concert offer tasteful treats

The Hollis Apple Festival and Band Concert are just around the corner, and it’s time to give you the details!

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, the Hollis Woman’s Club will be at the Hollis Town Common at Monument Square to offer attendees homemade apple crisp, plain or a la mode; apple pie slices, plain or a la mode; and Doc Davis vanilla ice cream cones or bowls.

In addition, there will be a whole apple pies and whole apple crisps offered.

For beverages, there will be Lull’s apple cider, hot coffee and water.

There will be face painting, games and vendor artists – a little bit of something for everyone and maybe some surprises.

The Hollis Town Band will begin its program at 2 pm. The music will be a bit of "Something Old, Something New, Some­thing Borrowed and Something Blue."

It will also include something old that’s new again, a march titled "A Bas L’Avion," which is French for "Down With the Plane."

This was written by Nashua resident Irving Pelletier, who directed the National Guard band that was resident in Nashua until the old armory burned down. It was written in 1959 and dedicated to the men of the National Guard who were part of the coastal artillery anti-aircraft defenses on the New Hampshire coast.

The music was handwritten and difficult to decipher, and had languished for many years in the library of the American Legion Band.

Hollis Town Band director David H. Bailey has entered it into a computer and produced easily legible notation so that the mu­sic can be brought to life again.

The band will perform the wonderful march "Washington Grays," which was written by Claudio Grafulla during the Civil War.

Grafulla was linked with the band from the New Hampshire regiment that served in the Civil War, composing and arranging many pieces of music specifically for that band, although "Wash­ington Grays" was composed for the New York band that he conducted at the time.

Also on the program is Johann Strauss’ "Radetzky March," a gem from late 19th century Vienna.

The band will include a marvelous medley aimed at the youngsters in the audience and for those who are young at heart titled "Thirty Tunes for Tots."

Along with those pieces, there will be a cute feature for two solo piccolos accompanied by the band titled "Two Little Bull­finches." The piccolo soloists will be David Deifik and Claudia Bissett.

The "something blue" will be a medley of tunes from the Blues Brothers. Rounding out the program will be some ragtime, some marches and the band’s regular raffle, in which one winner will have a chance to conduct the band as it performs John Philip Sousa’s "Stars and Stripes Forever."