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Harvest Fest 2014 – A Great Weekend!

Beautiful weather, a large apple crop, and lots of great folks,  music and food highlighted this year’s Harvest Fest!


Friday Orchard work party – 14 participants
Friday Night Stehekin Valley Music Program – 130 Attendees
Saturday Cider Pressing and Community Potluck  –  220+ Participants
Sunday Poetry Night – 17 readers and reciters


Friday Work Party – A very important part of what the Foundation does is to gather volunteers to help at the Orchard and Homestead.  Winterizing this organic orchard is critical to the longevity and health of the trees.  Controlling mice by removing grass and food, cleaning ditches, mowing and weed eating, along with setting up for the next day’s festivities are only some of the many activities completed.

Friday Evening  –   Banjo, piano ragtime, solos, duets. and quartets with music from the 40’s and 50’s as well as other lively offerings from Stehekin’s own Agnes on Fire band made for another enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Many thanks to all the musicians and singers, and especially to Mary Denmead, Mark Scherer, and Jo Reiter for their organization of this great event.

Saturday at the Orchard –  A bumper apple crop coupled with our largest attendance ever made for a day filled with lots of apples, lots of cider, lots of people, and lots of food and music.  We couldn’t ask for more!

The Orchard has never looked better!  The signature Common Delicious apples, along with the Rome Beauties, Winesaps, and Johnny’s were large, juicy, and numerous.

Chili with all the fixings, a fine selection of salads, and a multitude of yummy desserts rewarded the pickers, pressers, and watchers, while enjoying the music of Agnes on Fire, our versatile and talented band of local musicians.

Sunday Evening Poetry Night – Reading from favorites, many of them reflections of the Stehekin Valley and the mountains that surround it, as well as original writings from those present, this relaxing evening brought Harvest Fest 2014 to a quiet close.

Many thanks to the Wilfred and Kathy Woods Advisoy Trust and the Community Foundation of NCW for their support of Harvest Fest!

NEXT YEAR – Harvest Fest 2015 will be held October 9 – 11.