Bellcate School’s Harvest Fest finally grew up and out. After 4 years of development in our parking lot, this year Bellcate School partnered with Essex Town to bring our harvest festival to the greater public. We did this by moving our annual event to a different venue at Sand Hill Park and by holding the event in the evening to make it more accessible to the public after work. Jac Treanor, Bellcate School Events Director worked hard with our students in their Event Planning classes to prepare for the big change. “I was so impressed by all of the student coordinating and organizing required to pull off this public event.”All of our students and staff got behind this idea and ran with it,” explained Treanor.
Event Planning students secured a wide range of community participants to include; Berlin City, Essex Fire and Rescue, Comcast, Hathaway’s Monster Trucks, Super Sounds, Joey the Clown, and All Breeds Rescue. A Big thank you to these participants who brought a spirit of educational fun to our event. The heart of the festival was the pulse of the Market! Bellcate Students showed up in numbers with products from first quarter classes to sell. These creations sold like hot cakes and included; concrete vases, candles, wood burned plaques, bird houses, bath and beauty products, dog treats, lemonade, maple syrup, honey, artwork , essential oils, baked goods and photographs. In addition, 20 local vendors joined our students with their own creations for a shared “buy local” experience.
And then there was the music! Bellcate students with the guidance of Bellcate Music Director, Morgan Lamphere prepared all summer and early fall to entertain our crowd with a wide range of musical sets. They were also joined by local band Zephrus who closed out the evening to a satisfied crowd of happy patrons. In true Bellcate School fashion our 5th Annual Harvest Festival was a transformational collaboration between staff, students, families and the greater Vermont Community. “We hit record numbers this year and everyone who made this happen can feel a shared sense of pride and community,” reflected Treanor.
“And now we shift our gears towards Open House 2018.”