Harvest Party and Music Fest

On Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 am – 3 pm, join us for a wonderful celebration and fundraiser for the Good Cheer Garden!

The theme of this year’s Harvest Party & Music Fest is “Cultivating Community” and that’s just what’s in the garden with a day full of workshops, local music, games for kids, great food served by local nonprofits, the Golden Platter cook-off competition, scarecrow contest, book readings and crafts for children, and raffles of the garden shed/greenhouse and quilt.

A Growing Groceries class: “Top Tips for Fall Planting” takes place from 9 – 10:30 a.m., with a “Composting How-To” class from 1 – 2 p.m., and “How-To Build and Maintain a Worm Bin” from 2 –  3 p.m.

Local musicians (organized by Julie Pigott and emceed by South Whidbey’s “conductor of fun” Jim Freeman) will play sets between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Cooking teams from three local nonprofits will choose ingredients from the garden and the food bank (plus a surprise ingredient), then in a competition resembling “Iron Chef” and “Chopped!” create two out of three choices of an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert to be judged by the public for a dollar a vote. Cooking starts at 11 a.m. with judging beginning at noon.

Raffle drawings will be held at 3 p.m. for the garden shed/greenhouse built and donated by Bob Bowling, and the garden quilt donated by the Trinity Lutheran Quilters. (Raffle tickets are available at all Good Cheer Thrift Stores and the Bayview site, with proceeds benefiting the garden.)

This year’s festival artwork, created by local artist Kathy Marshall, will be auctioned off at noon. Children can take part in Garden Bingo and win gift certificates, try their skill at a penny toss for glassware and crystal, and enjoy a crafts and reading tent with a garden story-time at 1 p.m. sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries.

For the time table of the day’s events go to Harvest Party schedule! Come for as long or short as you’d like, it’s going to be a fun day!

The Good Cheer Garden is also on the Whidbey Island Farm Tour during the Harvest Party!