Opinion

A successful harvest festival at Goucher Garden

Jonathan Trauner
Staff Writer

On Oct. 26, Goucher’s environment clubs (GEAR and the Agricultural Cooperative) hosted their annual Fall Harvest Festival.  This year’s festival, I

Rachel Brustein ‘16 and others paint a picnic table and enjoying the sunlight at the Goucher Community Garden during Harvest Fest (Photo: Jonathan Trauner)

Rachel Brustein ‘16 and others paint a picnic table and enjoying the sunlight at the Goucher Community Garden during Harvest Fest (Photo: Jonathan Trauner)

must say, far exceeded last year’s festival.  To kick it off, members of both GEAR and Ag Co-Op, along with many other Goucher students, played some “trashy pop music,” as Kira Voit ’17 called it, and from there, it was the most incredible Harvest Festival we have had in years.
From pumpkin carving and pumpkin seeding to bouncy houses, the flannel dance-off, and the flannel fashion show, the 2013 Harvest Fest had it all.  One activity I enjoyed in particular was watching students get their painting skills on to restore the garden bench.  The Peace House used multicolored paints and cups as far as the eye could see to restore the beauty of the Welsh Garden bench. The finished product blew me away.  Another successful activity was the Flannel Fashion Show.  Who would have known we had such talented dancers on this campus?  The music had a Backstreet 2000’s vibe, everyone had an amazing time, and hearing those classic songs again made the experience worthwhile.
While sipping some fresh homemade cider, a few upperclassmen approached my bench and invited me to play some rugby. I had an incredible time learning the game and making new junior and senior friends along the way.  Harvest Fest 2013 allowed me to see that at Goucher, our community really is as welcoming as we often claim it to be.
I helped with the cleanup at the end of the event.  To top the experience off, the day ended with a complete harvest of the Goucher Community Garden. By sunset the baby bell peppers, ripe tomatoes, rosemary stems, onions, dill, cilantro, and many other herbs were rooted and another Fall Fest was complete.  To see everyone happy and excited on that crisp fall day reassured, without question, one truth: of all the Harvest Festivals that Goucher has hosted in the past few years, this was by far the most successful.  I hope this tradition will continue and allow for more students like myself to be a part of such wonderful events.

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