Bethel Woods is currently hosting their 14th annual Harvest Festival Season, which features a multitude of family friendly events.
2012 marks the fourteenth anniversary of the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, an annual event celebrating the bounty, talent, and beauty of Sullivan County and surrounding areas. Held every Sunday from September 2 of Labor Day weekend to October 7, of Columbus Day weekend, the Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; parking lots open at 10:30 a.m. Admission to the Harvest Festival is free, with a $2 parking fee. Pets are not permitted on the Harvest Festival grounds.
This year’s Harvest Festival poster and rack card will feature the creative design of Alex Peretin, a SUNY Sullivan graphic design student from Cooperstown, New York. Stephanie Bailey, from Liberty, also a SUNY Sullivan student created the design that will be featured on the tee shirts worn by event staff. Their designs were chosen out of the many student submissions in a collaborative effort between Bethel Woods and the graphic design program at SUNY Sullivan.
Over the years, the Festival has grown from a small farmer's market with a handful of vendors and a few guest musicians, to a full festival featuring close to 100 vendors each week as part of the farmer's market, craft village and festival food area with live performances, corn and hay mazes, pony rides and more. Each week offers a new theme or special event sure to please the entire family.
The 2012 Harvest Festival season will include:
September 2: Rosehaven Alpaca Festival – Rosehaven Alpacas and Friends bring live alpacas, exhibits, spinners and weavers to the Festival. A boutique will offer shawls, gloves, hats, jackets, skirts, sweaters, dresses and teddy bears. Complimented by music, food and wine, this event is a Festival favorite to kick off the Harvest season. On stage: The Raddyos; Monticello Gymnastics, Darren Hendrickson.
September 9: Sullivan County Heritage Faire- Revolution to Revolution – Sponsored by SUNY Sullivan, the Heritage Faire will showcase museum and historical attractions in Sullivan County including: Fort Delaware, the Historical Society, the D&H Canal; Time in the Valleys Museum, and more! The day will feature interpretation of Sullivan County’s rich history through exhibits, performances and games. On Stage: Stephen Jacoby and Fiddlin Around; Vaudeville in the Catskills Performance; Little Sparrow.
September 16: World Celebration Festival – In recognition of the cultural diversity in our region, this year’s Harvest Featival season will feature traditional dance and music on stage, drumming workshops by Kofi and Sanfuka, and dance workshops throughout the day. On Stage: Kofi and Sanfuka Drum and Dance Ensemble; Szelrozsa Dance Workshops throughout the day.
September 23: Earth Day in Autumn and the ‘Live Well Be Well’ Event – Sponsored by SUNY Sullivan and Thompson Sanitation, Earth Day in Autumn will host conservation organizations, exhibits and activities related to the environment, wildlife and natural resources of our area. Learn about water, birds of prey, composting and other important issues for conscious living. As an extension of the environment, Earth Day will once again include demos and small workshops focused on yoga practices to improve quality of life and well-being. Yoga centers and product exhibitors will be on site to showcase their unique services. Celebrate the Earth by learning/practicing the Earth Salutation. This class will focus on getting grounded with the Root Chakra, balance poses, and of course a Salute to the Sun as well. Enjoy an earthy guided meditation, Native American poetry and drumming. On Stage: Janet Burgan; Demonstration of Live Birds of Prey by Delaware Valley Raptor Center; NACL The Little Farm Show.
September 30: Annual Chili Cook Off –Sponsored by Jeff Bank, the Tenth Annual Chili cook-off at the Harvest Festival will feature surprises and excitement as community organizations again pair up with culinary programs and area restaurants in a friendly competition of skill and spirit. Who will take the title this year? Come out and be the judge! Suggested $2 tasting donation will benefit participating organizations. On Stage: Old Dawgs; Janice Center, The Shots and the Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band.
October 7: Rustic Craft Show – Sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center and VanGorders’ Furniture , this expanded specialty craft event will showcase wood carvings, handmade furniture, pottery, accessories and accents for the home. Just in time to begin your holiday shopping! On Stage: Six Stories Told; Main Street Dance; Slam Allen.
The Harvest Festival is one of several programs that reflect the commitment to community that is central to the core values and mission of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The Festival reflects the dedication to supporting sustainability and continued regional economical development by annually providing a venue for our local farmers, artisans, community organizations and businesses. Bethel Woods provides an opportunity to connect local and regional growers and artisans with the community and encourage shoppers to buy local and support a regional economy.
For more information about the 2012 Harvest Festival season and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, please visit BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 866-781-2922.