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So, December 6th seems like an eternity ago. It was a busy day, December 6th. First, there was the Jaycee’s Annual Christmas Parade, and then the Community Gardens Tree Trimming party, and lots of other events in between and afterward that were personal to those who attended. Personally, I had to ask one of my daughters to skip her friends birthday party due to numerous commitments.

But, a great time was had by all, even if we were absolutely freezing! Hot chocolate did it’s part in taking the edge off the cold, and the fire was nice and warm as long as you could take the smell of the smoke … and children and adults alike had a great time making bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed.

The music from the Boys & Girls Club holiday CD and Heather’s iPod kept us all in a festive mood, however the weather got the better of us and the event only ended up lasting half as long as it was supposed to.

Thanks go out to the Masonic Lodge who so kindly donated the tree, and to all the volunteers and donors who provided cocoa, hot water, cups, stirrers, pine cones, peanut butter, bird seed, napkins, Purell, etc! We couldn’t have done it without you!

And to the wonderful neighborhood children from the Bent School YWCA Before and After School program, and Bent School Girls Scout Troop 1051, who spent lots of time making the pretty ornaments for the tree, A VERY BIG THANKS to you and your teachers/troop leaders for being part of the Westside Community Gardens Christmas this year.

I have more photos to post, and I promise I won’t make you wait too long. I also promise that the wait will be worth it!


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Check out the Harvest Festival story in The Pantagraph

What a great day! The rain that was forecast didn’t happen, though the ground was wet underfoot from plenty of rain that had fallen in previous days. The Cocoa and S’Mores tent was fully stocked and children lined up for marshmallows on sticks so they could start making their S’Mores.

Children lined up for S'mores and hot cocoa

Children lined up for S'mores

Bloomington Mayor, Steve Stockton, served hot cocoa to the masses

Bloomington Mayor Steve Stockton serves cocoa

Bloomington Mayor Steve Stockton serves cocoa

And as the residents of Bloomington’s west side gathered around the campfire, our community garden potato farmer, Dave, kept everyone happy with tunes from his guitar

Dave plays guitar

Dave plays guitar

Prior to the start of the festival, local youth had completed a sidewalk chalk project, under the supervision of local artist Danelle Dvorak, utlizing as many different styles of art as there were youth involved!

There is much more to tell, but I’ll save that for another post!

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