Pound Ridge Partnership to Hold 5th Annual Harvest Festival in Town Park
Soul Asylum to Top Music Line Up
Pound Ridge, NY—The Pound Ridge Partnership will hold its fifth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 17 from 1pm-6pm (rain date Sunday, October 18) in the Pound Ridge Town Park. Continuing what has become a beloved Pound Ridge tradition, the festival brings the community together to enjoy Oktoberfest style foods, beer garden, Grammy Award-winning bands, and games for children.
Topping this year’s music line up is the Grammy Award-winning, alternative rock band, Soul Asylum. Minneapolis based, Soul Asylum released many albums since their formation in 1981 including their triple-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, featuring their Grammy Award-winning single “Runaway Train” and a platinum album Let Your Dim Light Shine. In 2012, they released a new album titled Delayed Reaction. Soul Asylum continues to produce honest and passionate rock n’ roll, tour and are currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio album to be released later this year. The Fox Lane Rock Ensemble will once again kick off the music as they have done each year. “We are happy to provide an opportunity for our young musicians to open up for world class bands, such as Soul Asylum,” says Festival Co-Chair, Kevin Long. “Music has been generously sponsored each year by BB King Blues Club and Grill, owned by Pound Ridge’s own Steve Bensusan”.
Food & Drink
The Pound Ridge Harvest Festival will continue to feature traditional German foods such as bratwurst, fire-grilled corn, apple cider and pretzels as well as local specialties prepared by Pound Ridge restaurants including Albano’s, North Star, Kitchen Table, Plum Plums, and Asia Hamachi. A country BBQ will be sponsored by Scotts Corners Market and the Pound Ridge Police Benevolent Society. “We are also looking into having a couple of food trucks in addition to the ice cream truck this year to compliment the other culinary offerings,” says Melinda Velez, Harvest Festival Co-Chair. A highlight of the Festival is the beer garden where several varieties of cold Magic Hat beer are served to guests 21 or older. We will also be offering a variety of red and white wine specifically selected for the Festival.
Each year Pound Ridge youngsters look forward to the fun at Harvest Festival where they enjoy a Root Beer Garden and a number of other games, contests, and other amusements.
“Holding the event in the town park where there is more space will allow us to offer even more games and activities for kids,” according to Harvest Festival Kids Committee members Ali Boak, Miriam Wetchler, and Dawn Decker, owner of the local toy store Lil’ Beans Toys and Sport. “We are exploring even adding a carnival type ride or two this year”.
Giving Back to the Community
The Pound Ridge Harvest Festival is organized by the Pound Ridge Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing residents, business and property owners, and community leaders together to support and improve the Pound Ridge Business District. “Harvest Festival is our biggest event of the year and as in years past all proceeds will be invested in the community. The Partnership has completed many projects to improve and enhance Scotts Corners, including landscaping throughout the District and installing the pocket park between Plum Plums and Promo Queens,” explains Pound Ridge Partnership President, James Best. “We are planning a new pocket park between Albano’s and Dynax and continue to raise money for replacing streetlights in Scotts Corners.”
Since its inception, the festival has drawn thousands of people from communities, near and far, to the bucolic town of Pound Ridge Businesses interested in sponsorship should reach out to Harvest Festival Committee Member, Nikki McMann at [email protected].
Harvest Festival is possible each year thanks to the nearly 100 residents who volunteer to help out. If you would like to volunteer the day of Harvest Festival, please contact Pauline Daglio at [email protected].