Letter to the Editor | Appreciation for Harvest Festival volunteers

For a quarter-century, Piedmonters have come together to mark the end of summer at our annual Harvest Festival, a celebration of autumn’s bounty, the changing hues of our urban forest, and the boundless talent of our residents.

The Piedmont City Council would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the volunteers who donated their time, energy, and enthusiasm to bring this treasured fall tradition to life, particularly:
• Edibles Contest organizers Susan Hill and Carolyn George, as well as every one of the local cooks and gardeners who brought entries. What a wealth of culinary and horticultural talents we have in this community!
• Scarecrow Alley and Carnival organizers Heather Frank and Andrea Horvath of the Piedmont Education Foundation. We were so impressed by the inventiveness and creativity Piedmont’s students brought to this year’s scarecrows!
• Art Show organizer Jane Reed and the many gifted local artists whose works transformed the Tea House into a feast for the eyes.
• Jazz Festival organizer Greg Slatoff and musicians Rick Schiller, Savage Bond, and the Albany Big Band, who kept us grooving all afternoon.
• The Piedmont Beautification Foundation and Piedmont Garden Club, particularly Julia Burke, Valerie Matzger, and Patty Reed, for the tremendous “The Essential Oak” interactive exhibit, which taught even the most experienced naturalists among us something new about our incredible native flora and fauna.

Thank you also to the festival volunteers from Piedmont Scouts, Village Market, whose produce stand puts the “harvest” in Harvest Festival, Piedmont Police and Fire, and all the hard-working staff of Piedmont’s Recreation and Public Works Departments, without whom this event truly could not exist.

To all those listed here, and to the countless others who contributed in ways both big and small – thank you for all you do for this community. Your collective efforts made this a Harvest Festival to remember.

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