Second annual Harvest Festival celebrates peace for a cause this Sunday
While the event isn't exactly free, it's well worth its low admission prices beginning at $3 for children, $5 for adults and a $20 package deal for families. Fortunately, you can feel good knowing those pennies are going to a benefit the Gateway House, who relies one hundred percent on donor funding for its operations.
Businesses on Henry Street are working with Gateway House to put on a bigger and better event than last year's Harvest Festival, which drew a crowd of over 1,000 and raised several thousand for the organization.
This year's festival will host an array of craft and artisan vendors, food stands and two stages for day-long live music. Henry Street shops will feature their own sub-events throughout the day including a "cut-a-thon" at Simplicity — a Salon complete with hair extensions (no word if they're free...), a wine tasting at Scallions Restaurant and a beer tasting at the Parting Glass with a live Irish music performance.
Other fun family highlights: kid's bead crafts at Saratoga Beads; face paint and even a street circus performance by Acoustic Circus.
Sunday's Harvest Festival is expected to be the largest single event in Gateway House's six-year history. As an entirely volunteer and donor funded organization, every dollar earned this weekend will go directly to the non-profit, helping Gateway House continue to provide hospice services to the local terminally community.
A great and beneficial partnership, a seasonal celebration and fun festival for all ages sets this downtown celebration apart from the crowd and is, in this biz-blogger's opinion, a top-pick for the weekend and also an admirable example of the Saratoga community turning out to support one another. See you there!
For more about the Harvest Festival, call 423-5182 and for further information about Gateway House of Peace call 654-5403 or visit www.gatewayhouseofpeace.org.