The “Pumpkin Harvest Party” took place on a beautiful sunny day on Oct. 16, 2011 at the garden. It provided an opportunity for the neighbors on Northside and Neilson street to come together with the members of the garden and celebrate the summer’s harvest.
The main attraction was of course our pumpkin patch with our new garden mascot… “The Scarerat.” The kids had fun sitting in the patch and getting there photo’s taken by their parents. They were then invited to harvest a pumpkin to take home.
Other activities for the kids included hay filled wheel barrow rides around the garden, bobbing for tiny red apples, and potato sack races. In the midst of all this activity, adults enjoyed sitting at our picnic table or on the hay bales, meeting and chatting with others from the neighborhood.
Everyone enjoyed tastes from the garden which included Jane’s crispy kale chips, Robin’s tomato basil goat cheese tart, pickled green beans, and pumpkin muffins (see recipe section).
All together the garden hosted to over 30 people, with some neighbors claiming they had never been inside the garden before. Overall comments were very appreciative and positive. Neighbors indicated their satisfaction with attending an event in their own neighborhood– not having to drive to one– and most of all, for having a chance to meet their neighboring community.
The event’s organizers felt this was an important function for the garden, and have expressed their desire to repeat it annually, with the additional help and input of the neighborhood.
Credit and Gratitude go to:
The Northside Garden Membership for allowing the pumpkins to be grown in the communal space.
Robin Sebourn (garden member & neighbor) planted and tended to the pumpkins, delivered fliers to neighbors, provided most of the food, drink, table decorations, hay bales, “Scarerat” supplies, apples and potato sacks.
Shawn Lovell (garden member & neighbor) drove with Robin to pick up the straw bales, created the “Scarerat” with Robin, provided the decorative archway entrance to the garden and gave countless wheelbarrow rides.
Jane Hambelton (garden member & neighbor) designed and paid for the flier, and made her crispy kale chips and Meyer lemon water.
Marty Mashlakian (garden member & neighbor) set up the party, provided music, and gave countless wheelbarrow rides.