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Saturday, September 7, 2013

   

 

Harvest Day Celebration

Saturday, September 7, 2013
Hours: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: City Garden
Cost: $5 suggested donation, Free for GPCA Members and children 3 and under

 

Garfield Park Conservatory’s Harvest Day Celebration shines a warm autumn light on the simple sustainable living that is happening all around our busy city. City folk are keeping bees, caring for goats, and playing bingo for broccoli; they are collecting eggs from their home-grown chickens, making compost, and serving up soup to share with strangers. Come join us for this day-long celebration of the “good life.” Attendees will enjoy the big backyard of the Conservatory, where fun will be harvested all day!

 

As a family-focused event, the day is filled with the following down-home activities:  

 

Horse-drawn wagon rides

$1 per ride around the gardens

Veggie Bingo Swap and Share

Bring a basket of fresh vegetables from your garden to swap with other bingo participants! Visitors to the event receive one free bingo card, but can receive more cards by either bringing in home grown produce, or paying a small card fee.

Recipe Swap Tent

Bring your favorite recipe to share!

Features a special Harvest Day Soup Recipe Card highlighting fresh ingredients from the Urban Demonstration Garden. Recipe courtesy of Martha Bayne, author of the Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time

Corn husk crafts

Honey

Worm Picking and Compost Harvesting Station

Live Goats & Chickens

Beekeeping & Composting Demonstrations

Garden Tasting and Honey Tasting Stations

StoryBus, a children’s museum on wheels, presents The Three Little Pigs

Live Music on the Lawn

Seed Planting

Lawn Games

    

Veggie Bingo Swap and Share

 

Calling all backyard growers and community gardeners! Are your neighbors tired of receiving your gifts of extra zucchini and tomatoes at their doorstep? We have an answer for you! Come share your surplus veggies at our 2nd annual Veggie Bingo Swap and Share! Bring a basket of fresh vegetables from your garden to swap and share and possibly win back with other bingo participants. This fun project is part of the second annual Harvest Day celebration at the Garfield Park Conservatory, and is inspired and partially supported by a similar event occurring at Chicago’s Hideout (1345 W. Wabansia) on Wednesday nights. (Thanks for lending us the bingo cards, Hideout!) Visitors to this Harvest Day event receive one free bingo card, but can receive more cards by either bringing in home grown produce, or paying a small card fee. Veggie donations can be dropped off all day beginning at 10am, and bingo starts at 11am and runs to 4pm. We will have baskets, just bring your veggies! A special shout out for our bingo caller Janet Ecklebarger!

 

Schedule for Live Music on the Lawn

 

11:00 am to Noon

Sandy Lucas’ Kitchen Band: Join Sandy for this inter-active sing, dance, and jam along concert. She’ll bring her washboard, spoons, and other kitchen band instruments for little ones to play along with.

  

Noon to 1:00 pm

3rd Sunday String Band: 3rd Sunday is an old-timey string band that performs fiddle tunes as well as contemporary songs.

  

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

A Quick History of Tap: Tap dance is America's dance form and every member of Tapman Productions is committed to promoting and sharing our love of the dance with you. Come see something truly American during this Harvest Day celebration and tap dance presentation.

 

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Recipe Recitation: This musical reading is inspired by the work of Chef Edna Lewis, performed by Chef Kocoa Scott-Winbush and guest harmonica player Matthew Skoller

  

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tarima Son: Tarima Son plays Son Jarocho, a traditional music style of Veracruz, Mexico, as well as Caribbean influenced tunes.