Thou­sands flock here for an­other great Har­vest Day

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

YARDLEY BOR­OUGH – Per­haps the old­est ven­dor at the 43rd An­nual Yardley Har­vest Day Fes­ti­val was Ken Brown of Sole­bury Town­ship who turns 90 on March 19, 2013.

He was sit­ting back watch­ing the peo­ple go by, many of whom stopped to mar­vel at his heavy glass pa­per weights wLtK flRwHUs Ln­sLGH.

Elaina Clark of Mid­dle­town Town­ship, who wore a big hot pink bow in her hair, was one of them. “I like the RUDnJH flRwHU,” tKH OLt­tOH JLUO said in­spect­ing it.

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Her grand­mother, Gail Obert of Le­vit­town said Elaina was re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting her face painted.

Mean­while, Brown, who was amused by Elaina’s cu­rios­ity, said he has made be­tween 1,500 and 2,000 of the rounded pa­per weights.

“I didn’t make them to sell tKHP,” KH sDLG RI KLs SDSHU weights. “I make them as a KREEy.”

Brown as among the more than 100 crafters and community or­ga­ni­za­tions who lined Canal Street and East Col­lege Av­enue for this year’s fall craft and street fair ex­trav­a­ganza or­ga­nized by the Yardley Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion DnG tKH 0DNH­fiHOG WRPHn’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

In the park­ing lot be­hind the Yardley Bor­ough Hall, Claire O’Hearn and Su­san King, both of Yardley Bor­ough, were pro­mot­ing Canal-OWHHn, wKLFK tDNHs SODFH IURP Oct. 30 to Nov. 6. Claire’s step­fa­ther, Jef Buehler, is founder of the event.

“It’s a week-long tra­di­tional style lighting of jack-o-lan­tHUns,” CODLUH sDLG. “2n 2Ft.

30, peo­ple gather at the River­mawr Green to carve the pump­kins. Start­ing Oct. 31, we line them up along the canal path and light them for seven nights,” she ex­plained.

Around the cor­ner, Den­nis Valenti of Cherry Hill, N.J. was sell­ing his hand­crafted wooden pots. He is a pro­fes­sional wood­worker with a shop in Cam­den, N.J.

“I came up with the idea of mak­ing hexagon-shaped cedar pots,” he said. “They’re solid cedar.”

Nearby, Jen­nifer Dash was busy show­cas­ing her own jew­elry. “I would say the hot sell­ers are the Swarovski crys­tal heart neck­laces and the crys­tal drop ear­rings.”

This is a part-time job for Dash while she raises her chil­dren.

Mar­i­lyn Ro­sine of Yardley Bor­ough sported a spe­cial t-shirt to raise funds for breast can­cer re­search. She is a firH­fiJKtHr wLtK tKH YDrGOHy-0DNH­fiHOG Fire Com­pany. They will do­nate $10 per shirt for re­search. The re­main­ing $5 will cover the cost of the shirts.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Earl Davis of Morrisville, a re­tired teacher, said he liked the nice big crowd, adding, “it’s a per­fect day.”

Davis brought lots of pho­to­graphs de­pict­ing his­toric places to this year’s event. He and his wife, Diane, are Har­vest Day regulars, hav­ing par­tic­i­pated as ven­dors for more than two decades.

An­other ven­dor, Bar­bara Turek, brought her needle­work. “I have three sewing ma­chines and none of them do au­to­matic em­broi­dery!” she said.

“I love Har­vest Day...It’s al­ways got the most friendly peo­ple and they also come to buy, not just to look,” she said.

Bev­erly and Marvin Hager of Perkasie among other things make hand­painted gourds. And they brought a bunch to Har­vest Day. Marvin cuts them out and cleans them and Bev­erly paints them. New this year is her Santa Claus gourd.

The cou­ple have been com­ing to HDrYHVt DDy IRr fiYH yHDrV. “WH OLNH it down here,” Bev­erly said. “There seems to be more peo­ple this year.”

Steve and Linda Leibe of Coop­ers­burg make jams and jel­lies. They trav­eled 68 miles just to come here. Steve said the hot seller is hot pep­per jam. “It’s prob­a­bly an older recipe,” he said.

The duo sells their con­coc­tions year-round. “It’s a full-time thing as a sec­ond job,” Steve said. He is a quartz fab­ri­ca­tor and she does inside sales.

Mar­jorie Epp of Sellersville and her mother, Louise Scherch, are equal part­ners. They make hats and mit­tens. “They are made from re­cy­cled re­pur­posed sweaters,” said Mar­jorie, who also makes hand-painted women’s ap­parel.

“WH FRPH EDFN EHFDuVH tKH FrRwGV DrH tHr­rL­fiF,” 0DrMRrLH VDLG. 6KH VDLG some peo­ple might think it’s strange that they were sell­ing win­ter-wear in 85 de­gree weather.

Bob­bie Moore, vice pres­i­dent of the Yardley Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (YBA) and a mem­ber of the Har­vest Day Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee, said she found that the crafters like the Canal Street lo­catLRn RYHr But­tRn­wRRG 3DrN DnG WHVt Afton Av­enue.

Har­vest Day was also a big hit among the lo­cal teens who used the op­por­tu­nity to hang with friends.

Kelly McCloskey of New­town said that she came with Rachel Shavel of Yardley and Katie Mar­tinides of New­town to spend time to­gether. They are all age 16.

“WH wHnt Rut tR ErHDNIDVt DnG wH’rH just look­ing around,” Kelly said. Katie said com­ing to Har­vest Day is a “fall tradition.”

Hun­dreds of peo­ple jam East Col­lege Av­enue on Har­vest Day in Yardley.

Yardley-Makefield VFW mem­bers Russ David­son, right, and Fred Eck­ert hand out pop­piess.

Tammy Mar­shall and Sue Sch­neck pro­mote Yardley’s up­com­ing Canal-o-Ween event.

Photo by Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

Hang­ing out at Har­vest Day are Kelly McCloskey of New­town, Rachel Shavel of Yardley and Katie Mar­tinides of New­town

Photo by Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

Mar­i­lyn Ro­sine of Yardley Bor­ough shows off one of the spe­cial t-shirt be­ing sold by the Yardley-Makefield Fire Com­pany to raise funds for breast can­cer re­search. They will do­nate $10 per shirt for re­search. The re­main­ing $5 will cover the cost of the shirts.

Photo by Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

Jen­nifer Mizak brought her fam­ily to Yardley’s Har­vest Day.

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