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Annual Brookline blueberry bash set for this Saturday

BROOKLINE – The Brookline Women’s Club will host its annual Blueberry Bash from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday outside Brookline Town Hall.

The event will feature homemade blueberry pies, blueberry crisp, ice cream sundaes, live music and a raffle, and will be held rain or shine. ...

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BROOKLINE – The Brookline Women’s Club will host its annual Blueberry Bash from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday outside Brookline Town Hall.

The event will feature homemade blueberry pies, blueberry crisp, ice cream sundaes, live music and a raffle, and will be held rain or shine.

According to Gale Taylor, Vice President of the Women’s Club, this is the first year the event is being held at Town Hall.

“We were usually part of Old Home Days,” she explained, “but they moved that to September, which is not blueberry season. And we like to use fresh blueberries, so this is a single event, not tied to anything else.”

Women’s Club members will gather at 8 a.m. Thursday and Friday at Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis to pick blueberries. Then they will busy themselves with washing berries and baking. Portions of blueberry crisp will be sold for enjoyment during the bash, and pies will be available for sale for customers to take home.

The Blueberry Bash is the main fundraiser for the Women’s Club scholarship fund. For 2014, scholarship applicants had to write an essay explaining how they exhibit the qualities of community spirit, leadership, friendship and a commitment to volunteerism – reflecting the club’s motto, “Friendship through Community Service.”

Cole Gallant, who has volunteered in several service organizations and demonstrated a passion for the environment and his community, was the recipient of the $1,000 award. During the June 12 awards night at Hollis Brookline High School, Susan Santoski, BWC Scholarship Committee Chairwoman, presented Cole with a Certificate of Scholarship and an inscribed copy of the book, “The Constitution of the United States of America,” illustrated by Sam Fink. Cole will be attending the University of Maine to study Parks and Recreation Management.

For additional information, visit facebook.com/blueberrybash or call 930-8634.

WARM BLUEBERRY SAUCE

2⁄3 cup brown sugar, packed

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground cloves

½ cup water

4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
(approximately one
squeezed lemon)

1 quart (4 cups) fresh
blueberries

Combine first four ingredients in a small sauce pan. Gradually add water and lemon juice, stirring with a wire whisk until blended. Stir in blueberries. Cook over medium high heat until thick and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Yield: Approximately 12 servings of 1/3 cup each.

Note: Be careful with clove measurement as a little goes a long way!

– Brookline Women’s Club