Noe Valley Voice July-August 2007

Harvest Fest Plans Ripen

By Erin O'Briant

Mark your calendars for the third annual Noe Valley Harvest Festival. The date is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, and this year's street fair will be held on 24th Street from Sanchez to Church streets.

According to festival committee member Norine Traci-Maloney, the festival's most popular activities will be harvested again this year. But thanks to input from vendors, merchants, and residents, the committee is making a few changes. In addition to the now-traditional kids' and pets' costume contests and the pumpkin patch, the 2007 festival will also feature a jumpy booth for children. There will be more music and vendors, too, notes Traci-Maloney.

Volunteer Paula Benton, the owner of Artery art studio, is arranging for an additional music stage to be set up in the Noe Valley Farmers' Market area of the festival. As in past years, there will also be a Church Street music stage, which will ensure that festival-goers are "up and dancing," says Traci-Maloney.

Logo Contest and Art Party

Meanwhile, kids under 18 are invited to submit a drawing to the Harvest Festival logo contest. This year, organizers are offering one grand prize of $100 in cash, items donated by local merchants, and a surprise gift certificate. The contest winner will work with a graphic designer to create the final logo, which will be used on all advertising and publicity--including fair merchandise, T-shirts, banners, and posters.

To help local artists get their creativity flowing, Benton is hosting a free outdoor drawing party for kids from 10 a.m. until noon on July 14, outside the Saturday Farmers' Market, on 24th Street between Vicksburg and Sanchez. She'll provide art supplies, inspiration, and snacks. All logos should be no larger than a standard 81/2-by-11-inch piece of paper, and all artistic mediums are welcome. If you have any questions about the art party, e-mail Benton at or call 550-0374.

All logo contest entries must be received by July 31. Mail your entry to the Noe Valley Harvest Festival Logo Contest, care of Mary Teahan-Duffy, Glencar Graphics, 3953 23rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Donna Davis will also accept entries at her shop, Forbeadin', which is on Church Street just north of 24th Street. To find out more about the logo contest, call Teahan-Duffy at 244-6145 or e-mail glencar@

Volunteers, Vendors Welcome

Vendors, there's still time to pitch your tent at the Harvest Festival, says committee member and Friends of Noe Valley President Richard May. Artists and craftspeople are welcome to apply for space to sell their creations; there's room for nonprofits, too. For an application, e-mail Lisa Sherratt at leesean

According to May, the committee needs volunteers for all sorts of jobs--from organizing the pumpkin patch to supervising traffic to telling attendees where to go. "Whatever you can do, we need it," he says. E-mail Traci-Maloney at to sign up.