Harvest Weekend has hot cider and live music

The Glass Shop is offering a discount on Decorative Glass Pumpkins and Strawberries during the Downtown District Parks Harvest Weekend. | NEWS FROM THE TEMPLE / COUNT KUFEN

The downtown district parks held their annual harvest weekend with different activities for children and adults. The event featured hay mazes and more than 60 vendors ranging from homemade jewelry to alcoholic juices. People gathered to listen to local DJs and bands while enjoying the festivities with friends and family.

The Philly Tarot Deck sold printed tarot cards celebrating Philadelphia by replacing the original images with famous Philadelphians. For example, the Temperance card, which represents calm and moderation, had Philadelphia 76ers player Joel Embiid printed on it.

Vanessa Banks and Paige Melin from Buffalo, New York, who are visiting Philadelphia, were out shopping and visiting different city landmarks like Liberty Bell and Reading Terminal Market when they met at the event.

Although they didn’t buy anything, Banks and Melin spent their time looking at and enjoying the pumpkin beer sold by local vendors.

Valerie Pollak, an out-of-town Pittsburgh participant, owns and operates The Painted Carrot, a small business that sells watercolors and painted pots. She started a small business before the pandemic to help raise money for her mother, who needed money for ALS treatment.

While her business is based in Pittsburgh, she drove nearly five hours to Dilworth Park to sell painted pots, coloring books, and watercolor prints.

“The coloring books I made when she was sick to raise money for her home care and the rest of the money went to the ALS Association,” Pollack said, in reference to her mother.

Dixon O’Banion, a visiting student from New York University, came to the event to explore the local Halloween scene with his girlfriend, Caylee Honda, a nurse who works at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. The two enjoyed the waffle fries and pumpkin beers from the stand, but especially each other’s presence.

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