Harvest Palooza was a comfortably home-spun celebration
By David F. Rooney
The North Columbia Environmental Society’s first annual Harvest Palooza proved to be a comfortably home-spun community harvest celebration.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said NCES President Hailey Ross. “I think it was very successful… this is, I think, just the start and we’ll do it again next year.”
About 100 people attended the event in the basement of the United Church. It was originally planned for the green space between the church and the Village Idiot but the cold, grey weather prompted organizers to hold it indoors. That certainly didn’t interfere with people’s enjoyment of the event, of course, or the sense that the NCES is reaching a broad spectrum within the Revelstoke community.
“I don’t see a lot of people from my generation here,” said 58-year-old Michael Morris. “But there are certainly a lot of the younger people here.”
That’s not to say that only young people attended. The age range covered the gamut from 20-somethings to 70-somethings and they shared a passion for gardens and gardening. The pot luck was excellent and the music was terrific. There were activities for kids from colouring to bobbing for apples, a pie contest, a seed exchange run by Revelstoke Current Food Editor Leslie Savage, a wild food display put up by Pat Wells and, of course, a Biggest and Smallest Vegetable Contest judged by Michael Morris.
If you missed the Harvest Palooza, I’m afraid you missed a wonderfully low-key and friendly event. Ideally, the NCES will be able to replicate that same sense of communal fun next year.
In the meantime, here are some photos from the event: