SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 20, 2013

Harvest fest in Hamilton-Wenham tomorrow

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — The Hamilton-Wenham Fall Harvest Festival will return this weekend.

More than 40 vendors will line Railroad Avenue, Bay Road and 300 at Main to showcase their food, arts and crafts. The annual event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is sponsored by the Hamilton-Wenham Village Merchants, a group of local business owners who teamed up in 2009 to promote the towns’ businesses.

“It gets a lot of people downtown,” said Don Robinson, president of the group and owner of 300 at Main. “You would be amazed how many people who live in town even for a number of years don’t know these shops are here.”

From 10 to 10:30 a.m., a parade featuring members of the Myopia Hunt Club in full dress on horseback will take place on Bay Road and Railroad Avenue.

Vendors will be coming from all over the region and Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Cape Cod. They will feature Henderson’s Cafe and Gifts, Timeless Interiors and Singing Flower, among many others.

Leslie Evans, an artisan from Maine who makes pillows and other homemade items, and Ben Maple Products from New Hampshire will also be featured.

Amy Job, owner of Jolie Tea Co. on Bay Road, will be serving cider donuts from Russell Orchards in Ipswich and an autumn cranberry tea blend. She will have a launch party for a new Android and iPhone app for the store. Those who download the free app in store will get a free stamp on the loyalty card feature, she said.

She will also feature a lot of new merchandise during the event.

“It is a great event,” Job said. “It is probably one of the top four shopping days for the store. It is very busy.”

Matt Kelleher, owner of Capefish Clothing Co., is one of the newest members of the merchants group and will be participating in the event for the first time. The clothing and fly fishing store opened next to Jolie Tea last month.

He will be offering 20 percent off selected items and will host a number of raffles and drawings.

“I am looking forward to meeting and greeting new people,” he said. “I heard that is very popular and a nice event for the family.”

Robinson said the event is well attended and brings a lot of attention to the downtown area.

“It shows a lot of local spirit,” he said.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.