Friday, October 5, 2012

Don’t Miss Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival this Saturday and Sunday!

Poster by Marc and Eileen Rosenthal
This event is produced by Amy Cotler

Harvest Festival 2012

78th Annual Berkshire Harvest Festival
Saturday and Sunday, October 6th and 7th 10:00am-5:00pm
On the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden
At the junction of Routes 183 and 102 in Stockbridge
New! Free parking. Admission $5 adults, Free children under 12.
Live music, crafts, food, silent auction, plant sale, 
gigantic tag sales, farmers market, fall fun for kids!
For information, Producer Amy Cotler
413 232 7174
To Volunteer, Sharon Hulett-Shepherd
413 298 3926
To donate to all sales, Lynne Perry-Urbain
413 298 3926
Complete vendors list and live entertainment and workshops/demonstration schedules available at right.
For generations, the Harvest Festival has been a cherished tradition in the Berkshires. Originally conceived as a harvest-season family and community festival, it is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the country. The Festival is a celebration of community, showcasing local artisans, supporting local services, and promoting a wide array of superb Berkshire area products. Also of particular regional interest, this year’s Harvest Festival will feature a Farmers Market with the best Berkshire Grown foods. The Harvest Festival supports educational programs at the Garden.
Crafts galore
The Harvest Festival is the premier showcase for many local artisans and crafters, such as blacksmiths and spinners demonstrating their skills. The focus on the handcrafted features 70+ of the most gifted (and reasonably priced) artisans and crafters from Massachusetts and surrounding New England — jewelers, ceramicists, photographers, weavers and much more.
Fabulous Food
The Harvest Food Court, Botanical Bakery and Farmers Market offer up oodles of tasty distinctive food, such as grilled pizza, farmstead sausages and burgers, mini cupcakes and more. The festival also features fabulous local food artisans, producing handmade chocolates and more, as well as an array of local farm vendors at our new Farmers Market. (So pick up some goodies to take home!)
Music and Entertainment
The stage will be lively all weekend, including a Banjo and Fiddle Duo, a Swing Jazz Quartet, Songs for the Kids and much more. And look for buskers roaming the grounds with magic tricks and more down home music for all. (Full music schedule posted below.)
Kids Activities
The Festival is famous for kid’s fun, including The Famous Hay Jump, Hay Ride and Hay Maze, Hoola Hooping, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Child-Friendly Farm Animals, Mini-Golf, the Pocket Lady, and a full tent of kid’s crafts! This year we’ve added a western horseback riding, a monster photo booth and Southern Berkshire Community Center’s obstacle course for the whole family.
Fabulous Silent Action, Giant Tag, Clothing, Jewelry and Book Sale
Don’t miss these for exciting auction items and great sale “finds” too!

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