Saturday morning, Oct 29th, six am. While much of Royersford lay sleeping in the cold darkness, of a day with the temperature hovering at 34 degrees, the Apple Dumpling Gang of First Church was reporting for duty. Twelve faithful church members would spend the next six hours making 413 world famous dumplings. Almost as soon as jackets and sweaters are hung up, the process begins. While the dough is being mixed, the first of eight boxes of apples are being cored and the skin removed. Then the ladies roll out the dough which is trimmed to fit into the serving dish. Butter and cinnamon sugar is added, the dough is folded over and the dumpling is complete. Next the trays of dumplings are placed in the ovens to bake, 36 at a time, and then removed to tables in the social hall where they will cool. The final step is to put the dumplings in baggies and arranged the special orders. Members of the Apple Dumpling Gang, all veterans of many Saturday mornings spent in the kitchen of First Church, are Carol Hanebury, Darlene Canning, Gloria Gaynor, Fay Pletcher, Deb Theisen, Becky Lafreeda, Nancy Fisher, Arlene Landes, Sandy Lazorchick, Dave Hunsberger, Dave Landes, Al Dreibelbis, Jim Lafreeda, and Dick Fisher. A second sale was scheduled for November 12.
The money raised from the sale of apple dumplings is used to help pay for a variety of church activities.