The monthly meeting of the Cushing Historical Society will take place at its Meeting House, Hawthorn Point Road, Sept. 8. It will begin at 5 p.m. with an auction in the barn behind the Historical Society.

The regular meeting will begin at 7:30, with the program following a brief business meeting.

The program will feature the “Guru of Apples,” John Bunker, who is nationally known for his knowledge of “heritage apples and more” and can be found at Super Chilly Farm on Turner Mill Pond Road in Palermo, which is home to more than 200 varieties of rare and historic apples.

A mature apple tree at Super Chilly Farm often contains a large number of different varieties of apples. Scions (twigs that contained buds) have been grafted by John on to the root trees over the past thirty years ago. Some of the grafted trees are host to over a dozen varieties of apples. Tags identifying the varieties can be seen hanging from various parts of the tree.

Bunker has demonstrated a great respect for all the apple growers from long ago. His book, "Not Far From the Tree," is a testament to the history of apples in the Palermo area over the past 200 years. He donates a portion of the sale of each of his books to the Palermo Historical Society. Information about this book can be found on his website.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.