Harvest Party and Music Fest!


Saturday, Sept. 8th is the 4th Annual
Good Cheer Harvest Party & Music Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
with Growing Groceries class at 1:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary in the Good Cheer Garden at Bayview Corner, with garden workshops, fun & educational food booths showing how to cook up some delicious foods that celebrate the harvest of our gardens as well as fantastic local music, free kids activities and an auction with lots of great items.

From 2:30 pm – 3 pm, Ed  Hume will be answering questions and signing his books. Craig & Joy Johnson will come with samples of bird photography on Whidbey and have their beautiful books available.

Come enjoy the music, with Karin Blaine, the Dandelion String Band and Piper Reva will start the festivities, with Janie and Joe following with a long set to eat and dance the day away.

Lots for fun for children, too, with tiles to paint, Garden Bingo, and engaging activities with the Sno-Isle children’s librarians. Garden apprentice, Allie Urbanek, will be leading a family activity in making Garden Art.

Prior to the start of festivities, the Growing Groceries class will be from 1 – 2:30 pm, and feature Top Tips for what to do in your garden in September, and the “Scoop on Poop”, how to improve your soil fertility! Then, at 4:15 pm, come to a Worm Bin Q & A led by Cary Peterson and garden apprentice Mech Knedinger.

    The food will be better than ever! Bobby Cressman, our Food Bank apprentice, will head up a group of Good Cheer volunteers including Sydney Hoffman and Chuck Flannery-Jones and others to showcase new recipes for how to use the garden harvest. The Celebration of the Harvest booths will include Kym Saephan of Whidbey Rice (a volunteer at the Good Cheer Food Bank) and Dan Saul the Soup Man at CMA’s soup.  All tastes will still be $1!

Speaking of food! CELEBRATION DESSERT COMPETITION! Bring your favorite dessert to share that is decorated in some way to reflect the 50th Anniversary theme and you might win a $50 gift certificate to the Star Store! Every entry will win a $10 gift certificate to Good Cheer Thrift Stores. See www.goodcheerblogspot.com for the entry form.

  We will be drawing the winner of the Good Cheer Greenhouse Raffle at 5pm so you still have time to buy more chances to win. Remember this greenhouse includes installation on Whidbey Island. It is custom made and built with tempered glass on the bottom with plexiglass top for an easy to maintain and lasting beauty kind of greenhouse or as we like to call it, the “Chick Cave” for those ladies who would like to just take a book and cup of tea or glass of wine and enjoy the northwest in the warmth of your new getaway.

This year will also include a silent auction of some beautiful items and some items you might not otherwise try. There are baskets filled with many items from local businesses from Clinton to Oak Harbor. There are several restaurant possibilities in Langley, Coupeville and Oak Harbor. A wine tasting for 6 or a basket of wine, coffee and other Grown Local items and a night’s stay at Compass Rose B & B in Coupeville. A recent entry of two beautiful handcrafted drums should not be missed. See www.goodcheerblogspot.com for more details.

Help us celebrate the 50 Years of Good Cheer. You started this organization 50 years ago and you have kept it going for 50 years! You are Good Cheer because the community support is what makes Good Cheer possible. Celebrate with us and enjoy a day of free activities and inexpensive yet delicious food! You might even win a nice prize along the way!

– Shawn Nowlin

(For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Shawn at community@goodcheer.org or 360-221-0130.)