Harvest Moon Celebration returning for 11th year

By: Kayla Dimick | Farmington Press | Published September 4, 2015

 Americana, folk and bluegrass band Petal Shop performs on Sept. 18, 2014.

Americana, folk and bluegrass band Petal Shop performs on Sept. 18, 2014.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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FARMINGTON — The sun is setting on summer, but that doesn’t mean the party is over in downtown Farmington. 


To usher in the autumn season, the Downtown Development Authority is holding the 11th annual Harvest Moon Celebration Sept. 17-18 at the Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park.


“The event is really downtown Farmington’s way of honoring the entering of the autumn season,” Assistant to the City Manager and DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles said. 


Adults ages 21 and older are invited to sample beer and wine from not only the Mitten State, but from around the globe 6-11 p.m. Sept. 17. Samplings will be paired with catering by Joe’s Produce Gourmet Market.


Melissa Andrade, co-chair of the Harvest Moon Committee, said the beer and wine tasting provides a relaxing yet refined atmosphere.


“There will be acoustic music, so you can talk, have your drinks and sample the wine — it has an atmosphere of a little more elegance,” Andrade said.


Knowles said the beer and wine tasting fits right in with the booming craft beer industry in Michigan.


“Because of the growing industry in Michigan, it is something that’s really attractive and trendy now,” Knowles said.


The event continues with a night of music, drinks and dancing at the Harvest Moon Dance 6-11:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Patrons can sample local fare from downtown restaurants 6:30-9:30 p.m. that night, and at 7 p.m., music from Bugs Beddow and the Good Stuff will entertain the crowd.


“The next night still has a ton of character with bands you can dance to. It’s more of a dancing-in-the-moonlight kind of night. It’s really fun; it’s nostalgic and charming,” Andrade said.


The event is also a way for long-lost friends and family to reconnect, Knowles said.


“Harvest Moon is really a community favorite, so the attendance grows every year because people have visited and come back year to year and invite their friends,” Knowles said.


To help accommodate the number of people at the event, Knowles and Andrade said, volunteers are needed to lend their time both days.


Each year, about 70 volunteers ages 21 and older are needed to keep the event running by doing everything from hanging decorations, setting up and selling tickets to pouring beer and wine. There is an immediate need for people to work volunteer shifts later in the evening, Knowles said.


To volunteer, email  volunteer@downtownfarmington.org. For more information, visit www.downtownfarmington.org. Tickets cost $6 in advance and $8 at the door.

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