Business association gearing up for Harvest Day Sept. 21
YARDLEY BOROUGH -- Like last year, the venue for the annual Yardley Harvest Day in downtown Yardley will take place with more than 100 crafters on historic Canal Street and West College Avenue in the heart of Yardley Borough.
The Yardley Business Association (YBA) will sponsor the event on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This is a separate event from the Makefield Women’s Association Yardley Harvest Day to be held the same day at Shady Brook Farm on Stony Hill Road in Lower Makefield Township.
Other locations of the YBA event have been added, including Bell Avenue for a car show and the pavilion in Buttonwood Park for wellness displays.
Margaret Bork, YBA president and co-owner of Fun Matters on South Main Street, said the event will be “Yardleycentric”.
“Now officially known as Yardley Harvest Day,” she said, “the event reflects a return to what many people remember Harvest Day as being -- a day filled with a variety of activities, food and crafters.”
In addition, Bork said Yardley’s diverse business and eateries will make the event better. “It is a great reason to come to Yardley Borough to spend a part of a day,” she said.
She noted that Yardley Harvest Day “is important because the event will be more about the community than in years’ past.”
Bork emphasized that the Yardley Harvest Day Committee is working “to ensure a day filled with a variety of events and activities.
There will be events at the Old Library by Lake Afton, as well as the New Continental Tavern.
“In addition to outstanding crafters, this year will include a car show and a health and wellness pavilion. More activities are in the planning stages,” she said. “All of the different activities will bring new groups of people to the event, which will greatly benefit the crafters.”
There will be more individual business sponsorships available “to make it easier for local businesses to participate. The charities, groups and organizations, which were selected to receive donations from the event, will all be from Yardley.”
Bork added that the whole day is designed, in part, as a way to give back to the community.
While the YBA currently has 65 members, this year’s Yardley Harvest Day Committee boasts over 20 active members.
“We have a combination of Yardley Borough Council members, borough residents and businesses,” Bork said. “The mix of members is a big part of why the event has so many new twists this year.”
She said the most important accomplishment thus far has been the creation of a committee that is a cross-section of Yardley.
The event has expanded to include not just Canal Street and East College Avenue, but South Bell and the field adjacent to Fitzgerald Sommer Funeral Home.
“The Grease Band is performing and we have been able to attract crafters who have been Harvest Day regulars as well as first-time crafters,” she said. A golf ball drop fund raiser is planned for the end of the day.
“What is important is that the donations will be to groups, organizations and needs in Yardley Borough,” Bork said.
The word is also being spread on social media. “Many past crafters have been reaching out to us, wanting to be part of the event they have been for the past several years,” she said.
A line-up of entertainment is being solidified and will include musicians, entertainers and dancers, etc. The Grease Band is being sponsored by Customers Bank. Bob Connell and Bill Davis from Apex Financial, Charles Long from First Federal of Bucks County and Sgt. Will Golden (Yardley Borough Police Department) are working on the Yardley Car Show.
Classic cars will be lining South Bell Street. Trophies will be awarded for various categories.
There will be a Live Well, Live Yardley Health and Well- ness Pavilion. In the pavilion will be vendors showcasing an array of eco-friendly, healthy and alternative products and services to promote health and well-being.
Susan Pilate from pure eco-wellness salon & spa is organizing that.
The website for the Yardley Harvest Day is: www.yardleyharvestday.com, which will be updated regularly.