Everyone around Mason knew that Don and Sheila Durfinger could produce wonderful apples. What they didn’t know was that the owners of Sonlight Orchard could put together a truly superb dinner, served amidst apple trees in full bloom. This marvelous meal, in this unique setting, was catered by Cocoa Luna Chocolates. The main course was pork tenderloin with roasted apples, followed by a chocolate truffle and an apple gallette tart, made from apples grown in the Sonlight Orchard.The guests of honor were the sponsors of the annual Mason County Apple Fest, which is held on the Saturday of the Labor Day weekend. MCAF is a 501 (3) (c) organization and has designated Mason County Schools as its primary beneficiary. In this spirit, it should be noted that Sonlight Orchard sponsored and paid for the dinner and no funds from the Mason County Apple Fest were used.In addition to getting very well fed, the guests were treated to an historical tour of the circa 1860 barn (which is illustrated in the book, American Barns) and were told of the barn’s unique connection to Ft. Mason. And if a gourmet meal and a history lesson weren’t enough, Don and Sheila shared the many lessons they have learned from growing apples in Mason County.It was an enchanting, informative evening, enjoyed by both the honored guests and the hosts. Plans are in place to have additional events to support the Mason County Apple Fest, and everyone is urged to share their ideas with Don and Sheila on how to make the Apple Fest even better in 2011.