Thousands flock here for another great Harvest Day
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Hanging out at Harvest Day are Kelly McCloskey of Newtown, Rachel Shavel of Yardley and Katie Martinides of Newtown
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.
Jennifer Mizak brought her family to Yardley’s Harvest Day.