Berkshire Botanical Garden 77th Annual Harvest Festival 2011

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s
77th Annual Harvest Festival
October 1st & 2nd  2011 in Stockbridge, MA

A legendary Festival… Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Harvest Festival began in 1934 and has become a popular Berkshire tradition. This year’s 77th annual Festival takes place on October 1-2.

The 77thannual Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 1st & 2nd from 10am-5pm  at the 15 acre Garden in Stockbridge, MA.

Organizers of the festival write, “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 legendary Festival showcases local artisans, supports local services and promotes a wide array of Berkshire products. This year’s Festival includes an expanded farmers’ market and will highlight Berkshire-grown foods, beverages and produce, including barn brewed beer from Barrington Brewery, Berkshire Blue Cheese, Bola Granola and berry cordials and spreads from Bug Hill Farm.

“Keeping with the Garden’s education mission, information sessions on topics including honeybees, growing garlic, autumn garden wrap-up and making jellies and jams will be offered both days. Taught by Garden staff and regional experts, these informal classes offer a sampling of the Garden’s diverse, year-round education program for children and adults.

Entertainment at the Festival features an eclectic range of music including the Lucky Five’s (swing music), David Grover (kids and family show) Berkshire Ramblers (old time folk songs) and Frank Schapp (blues, rags and hollers). In addition to continuous entertainment on the main stage, busking musicians, a magician and the celebrated Pocket Lady will roam the grounds and provide impromptu merriment.

Activities for children include pony rides and farm friendly animals, mini golf, hay rides, hay jump and maze, games and crafts.  Over 100 regional vendors and crafters will be on hand, with demonstrations in spinning, blacksmithing, weaving, felting and more.”

“The Food Court will offer both Festival favorites including curly fried sweet potatoes and Greek specialties, along with locally produced and grown food including grass fed beef Papa Dogs from Fox Hill Farm, Baba Louie’s Sour Dough Pizza and fruit tarts by Dutch Desserts.  The Red Lion Inn will once again donate its famous butternut bisque, which will be sold along with baked goods in the Botanical Bakery to raise funds for the Garden’s education program.

“Also featured are the annual Opportunity Clothing Sale (gently used clothing) and Reggie’s Famous Giant Tag Sale – organized by Reggie Taylor for nearly 30 years.  A Jewelry Boutique and Book Sale are also Harvest Festival favorites.  A Silent Auction will feature antiques, artwork, jewelry, private dinners, services and more.  Bidding begins on Saturday at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.

“Admission to the Festival is $10 per car (includes parking and gate fees). For a complete list of Harvest Festival vendors, activities and entertainment, please visit the Garden’s website, www.berkshirebotanical.org.”

ABOUT THE BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN

Berkshire Botanical Garden is one of New England’s oldest and most treasured public gardens. Established in 1934, its mission was to inspire and educate the community about responsible horticulture and home-grown food.  Today, with a year-round schedule of garden classes and workshops, prestigious guest lecturers and a horticulture certification program, in addition to many special events, it is still dedicated to these founding values and to the preservation and improvement of the local environment. Its 15 acres contain 22 zone 5 display areas representing over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species, significant trees, unique shrubs and exotic botanical collections.

The Garden is open daily, 9 am – 5 pm and is located at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge, MA.  To register for classes, or for more information on Garden programs, events and courses, visit the Garden web site: www.berkshirebotanical.org or call 413 298-3926.

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