Letter — A great day for soup
Wed Oct 29, 2008

Yes, there was a chill in the air but it was a perfect day for a cup of soup at this year’s Green Harbor HarvestFest!

Neither the weather nor the economic conditions impacted this year’s event. You would think that people would be less likely to share or give in these interesting times, but not so in our community. A real sense of generosity was expressed from our community members in their giving of service, their participation and their contributions. We are very fortunate to live in a community with such a big heart and a sense of social responsibility.

Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, Marshfield Community Christmas, Boys & Girls Club and Kids Place joined us this year to help create awareness of their wonderful programs and inform you of how these programs support you and your family members. Volunteers, thank you so much for your time and all the great things you do!

Once again the Soupfest was a hit at HarvestFest. Delicious soups were donated by Mandarin & Tokyo, Hola, The Garlic Restaurant, The Lobster Tale, The Genny, Venus II, Roche Brothers, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Lena DiPaolo and Rene Hanson. In the restaurant favorites category, Hola won first place with its cream of potato, celery root and gorgonzola cheese soup, and The Garlic with its tomato Florentine came in second. In the homemade category, Lena DiPaolo came in first with her Greek wedding soup, and Gary Bannon of The Genny won second place with his chicken veggie with noodles. Rene Hanson’s puree of mixed greens won the Overall Festival Favorite. Thank you all for your delicious contributions!

Over 30 crafters and vendors attended and donated raffle items this year. Thank you for coming and contributing to HarvestFest. We hope you had a great time. Please come back next year!

The following merchants also generously donated items/gift certificates for the raffle: Baseball Plus, The Fairview Inn & Restaurant, WorldVentures Travel, PC Survivors of MA, 1st Stop Coffee Shop, McDonalds, Famous Pizza, The Coffee Shack, The Mug, Papa Gino’s, Arthur & Pat’s Restaurant, China Wok, The Fieldston, The Ming Dynasty, Haddad’s Ocean Café, Courtney’s, Aoyama Japanese Restaurant, Hola Restaurant, Poopsie’s, The Bridgewaye Inn, The Welch Company, The Clothes Line, Lisa Marie’s Boutique, Capital Fulfillment Group,    Brant Rock Ink Custom Shirts, Mono Mono,, Olivia Rose Boutique, Mary Grace Gift Store, Shore Line Aviation, Elizabeth Grady, Brant Rock Fish Market, Ocean Walk Photography, Gerard Farm, The Stamp Act, Beautica Nails, The Business Center of Marshfield, Cedar View Filling Station, J.R. Holmes Jewelers, Veronica’s Sweetcakes, Mass State Plumbing and Heating, Green Harbor Bait & Tackle, South Shore Decorators, Shore Things, The Vakas-Social Ballroom Dance Instruction, The Work Out Club, Marshfield Tennis, Beawell Acupressure Therapy & Yoga, Pre-Game Sports, Levitate, Green Harbor Marina Ship’s Store, Curves for Women, Green Harbor Golf Club, Green Harbor Lobster Pound, Pony-Go-Round, Family Fun Cuts, Old Salt Barber Shop and Procuts. Please let these merchants know how much you appreciate their support.

A big thanks to our talented local musicians who donated their time to entertain us throughout the day: Tim and Joey Byrne, Hayley Dunham, Jim and Bob Sylvia, The Lonesome Jukebox Band and Basic Black.

A big thanks to the planning committee members this year for their time and their attention to all the many, many details: Brenda Sullivan, Sheila Habel and Mary Gina Stilwell of the Soupfest committee; Lisa Bascewicz and Deb Burns of the raffle committee; Lisa Stack and Laurie Jarvis of the Kid’s Zone; and the food committee of Bob Habel, Dan Burns, Chris Habel and Charlie Bacewicz, along with their team of fantastic cooks and bartenders!

A warm thank you to all of you who attended and volunteered during the day. By attending, you all contributed to the cause! Your contributions to HarvestFest will be put to good work. A big thanks to the Green Harbor neighbors who so kindly allowed us to use their property for the event: Lenny, Fred and Anna Coppenrath; Terry and Kevin Nagle; Lisa and Brian Stack; and Teri and Gary Bannon.

As the John Heywood quote goes, “Many hands make light work.” Each year the HarvestFest has gotten bigger and better because more volunteers are participating in the planning and the facilitating. People want to feel a part of something and want to make a difference. HarvestFest gives you that opportunity as well as a chance to meet your neighbors! If you want to help with next year’s HarvestFest or want to know more about the Green Harbor Village Association and how to get involved in the community, please contact us by calling 781-834-9334.

Deborah Habel and Hank Lane

Green Harbor Village Association

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