See you next year at our 2015 Annual Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival, which will take place as always on November 1st.
See you on Harbord Street at sunset!
As the Festival grows, we always need more volunteers. If you’d like to help, please contact Tim Grant via firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th Annual Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival 2014
Notes from our Chair Tim Grant
Following a rainy Halloween night, the eighth annual Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival took place on a dry, but windy Saturday, November 1st, 2014. Close to 800 carved and candle-lit pumpkins were displayed on table tops from Spadina Avenue to Borden Street. Among them were dozens of especially-clever designs that attracted “ooohs” and “aaahs” from hundreds of attendees, young and old. Squeels of joy from the youngest viewers could be heard all evening up and down Harbord Street.
While not rainy, the Festival took place on a cold night, so 60 liters of free hot cider given out by volunteers at the HVRA tents were much appreciated by those attending the Festival. While sipping their cider, many asked questions and mentioned the issues most important to them. In addition to hot cider, attendees were also warmed by the bagpipes played by HVRA’s past chair Rory Gus Sinclair. And stationed in every block, another set of volunteers sold “50-50” tickets to raise money for the Community Swim which occur s every Saturday at Central Tech school.
Our first thanks goes to our partner organization, the Harbord Street Business Improvement Association, who rented the tables, placed promotional posters in storefronts along Harbord, and recruited U of T football players to help set up 75 long tables along Harbord.
A second round of thanks goes to Longos who once again sold us the 60 liters of cider at a much reduced rate. And last but not least, a big thanks goes to the more than 35 volunteers, who handed out Festival cards during Halloween, collected pumpkins, inserted candles and lit them, dispensed cider and helped to clean up at the end of the evening.
Putting on such a festival requires an enormous amount of work by many, and lasts but three hours. But the joy it brings to so many, makes it all worthwhile. I’m already looking forward to next year!
Tim Grant, 2014 Pumpkin Festival Coordinator
Our thanks to photographer Mary Ann Henderson of Robert Street, who shared the following photos of Pumpkin Fest 2014 with us.
6th Annual Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival 2013
Thanks to all the volunteers, the pumpkins and those that donated them, for the success of this year’s Pumpkin Festival. We had perfect weather, more than 1000 pumpkins on display and large crowds.
5th Annual Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival 2012
Former HV resident & blogger Ionatan Waisgluss has published a gorgeous collection of pumpkin photos from our 2012 Pumpkin Festival.
The picture to the left is a screen-capture of part of his blog page.
Here's what he wrote:
Every Halloween, members of the Harbord Village Resident's Association (HVRA) set forth on a hunt for the best-looking Jack-o'-lanterns. Like ninjas in the night, they leave a note on these pumpkins, requesting them for the next day's festivities. On the 1st of November, the day after Halloween, the HVRA hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival, giving residents, business, and visitors the chance to connect on this wonderful and lively occasion.
Harbord Street, between Borden and Spadina, becomes lined with hundreds of Jack-o'-lanterns of every type imagineable! Scroll through these images to see some of this year's wonderful creations!
The Pumpkin Festival is co-sponsored and mostly funded by the Harbord Street Business Improvement Association.
4th Annual Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival 2011
— a wonderful night to remember
Photos above: Wendy Smith
Below: Susan Purvis (Central Tech Community Swim)
at the 2011 silent auction: $2,200 Raised for Community Swims.
Past pumpkin pleasures
Photo album 2010Click here for Eleanor Levine's 2010 Pumpkin Fest photos.
Photo slideshow 2009
A hearty thanks to the 50+ volunteers who donated their time to make our 4th Annual Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival a big success. Thanks too to the Harbord Street Business Improvement Association for their continued support.
Once again thousands of people came out on November 1st to view over 700 candle-lit pumpkins that festooned tables along 4 blocks of Harbord, west of Spadina.
During the Festival, the Harbord Bakery gave away Halloween cookies. The Boulevard Café provided free samples of a quinoa-pumpkin dessert. DT Bistro handed out cotton candy, and donated 300 cupcakes which HVRA distributed along with hot cider at our gathering place at 85 Harbord.
Meanwhile, bids were placed fast and furiously on dozens of silent auction items inside 85 Harbord in support of the Saturday afternoon community swims at Central Technical School. Along with warm Fall weather, it was a wonderful night to remember.
Tim Grant, HVRA Chair