9.22.2011

Second annual Harvest Festival celebrates peace for a cause this Sunday

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The second annual Harvest Festival will close down Henry Street this Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an afternoon filled with live music, activities, free food and more - all to help raise money for the Ballston-Spa based Gateway House of Peace charitable hospice organization.

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!

SKL

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.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Michelle said...

Such a great article which 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. Thanks for sharing this article.

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