If everything goes according to plan, Spryfield businesses will soon be festooned with bright white LED lights that will shine through the winter holiday season.
The initiative is one of many taking place during the first annual Spryfield Harvest Festival, which kicks off on Sept. 21.
"I was talking to someone from the Spryfield Urban Farm, and the idea of bringing back Spryfield Days was brought up. We thought about it and said why not a harvest festival," recalls Bruce Holland, executive director of the Spryfield and District Business Commission.
"This is the time of year they're reaping their harvest, and they usually do an event in the fall. We thought it made sense to join the two together and do something for the community."
The business commission and many local businesses have partnered with the urban farm, Chebucto Connections, and the Spryfield YWCA to organize a
"something for everyone" festival that will run from Sept. 21 until Oct. 5.
Events include an outdoor gospel music concert, historic and nature walks, yard and cake sales, a church supper, a business expo, a family day and a harvest festival decorating challenge. There will also be an antique and racing car show, a Spryfield's Got Talent competition and a dance.
The opening evening of the festival, when Spryfield's businesses will light up the night with bright white lights, is something organizers and the community are looking forward to.
"We were thinking about (putting some white lights up) in various places to make it more festive, but when I got the books from the company I saw different European cities had done this with their businesses and I thought the business commission could champion the idea," Holland says.
"The lights will look really nice in the fall and right into the Christmas season. Pretty much every business is on board."
Holland said the Spryfield Canadian Tire ordered the white lights in bulk, and will offer a 10 per cent discount to local businesses participating in the Light Up the Festival initiative. The business commission will give another 15 per cent discount on top of that.
"The feedback has been really good, especially from the non profit organizations and businesses," Holland said. "We're trying to promote it outside the community because we want people to come for the three weekends. Whether they're coming for Spryfield's Got Talent, the classic car show or the business expo, we want to attract and make sure there's something for the young and not so young."
More information, including the full Harvest Festival schedule, is available at http://spryfieldvillage.ca/2013/08/13/harvest-festival-spread-second-proof/.