In keeping with the new "BACK 2 BASICS" theme, Prince Edward District Women's Institute (Trent Valley Area) held three ROSE Sessions on June 3, 2011, in which they learned "How to Make Apple Butter". Each two-hour ROSE Session (one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening) was filled to capacity with 12 participants at each. Ages ranged from 8 to over 80, with one husband also in attendance. Three quarters of the participants were non-members.
The ROSE Sessions were appropriately held at the Ameliasburg Historical Museum, which has a pioneer village. The curator, Janice Hubbs, shared with participants the history of apple butter making and the various ways to do it, from using a slow cooker, or the oven. She had everyone peeling and chopping the apples and then putting the finished product into sterilized jars. Each participant left their ROSE Session with their own jar of apple butter and different recipes so they could try making them at home!