On a sun-drenched Sunday in October, Juniper Village at Brookline hosted its ninth annual Fall Festival at Harner Farm, raising $2,500 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association!
The Fall Festival has become a tradition for many families in the State College region, offering food and fun for all ages, while supporting a great cause. Imagine an old-fashioned fashioned farmers market overflowing with apples and pumpkins amidst a background of cornfields and orchards. Harner Farm, family-owned since 1945, provides the perfect venue. Take a deep breath and you’ll be filled with the aroma of crisp apples and crunchy leaves, while Juniper’s homemade ham and bean soup, harvest vegetable soup, and chili dogs waft through the air. On the grassy lawn, an array of fall-themed games such as “Pick the Lucky Pumpkin” and “Halloween Golf” excite young children. A giant corn maze attracts a long line of teens and adults, some brave enough to enter without a map. Under a spacious white tent is a face-painting booth where Juniper associates artfully transform little faces into kitties, bats, and rainbows. And in the corner are tables sprawling with baked goods that have been generously homemade by the Juniper team, residents, and friends. Pumpkin whoopee pies, sticky caramel apple cake, and chocolate-banana-nut bread are just a few of the sweet treats that entice customers of all ages.
“This is one our favorite community events,” says Wellspring executive director Liz Plozner-Chalfa. We have been proud to work with Harner Farm for the past 9 years and we look forward to continuing our efforts to raise awareness and find a cure.”
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the ninth annual Fall Festival a wonderful success: The Juniper team, Penn State student volunteers, residents, friends, and the Harner family. Because of your support, we are able to proudly support the State College Walk to End Alzheimer’s!