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Community gathers to celebrate farms and country life

August 20, 2014

DAMASCUS, PA — Harvest Festival and Farm Appreciation Day, a time to celebrate the joys of rural living, will be held at the Galilee Unity Grange on Saturday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The Harvest Festival is sponsored by the Damascus Area United Methodist Churches, through the outreach ministries of the PEARL Center for rural ministry. PEARL stands for Preserving, Enriching and Appreciating Rural Life. Old time fun and games begin at 11 a.m. A blessing of the animals service will be held at 12 noon. Bring your pets on leashes, in halters, or contained, for a blessing.

Music begins at 1 p.m. A bake sale, food sale, fair trade item sale, and plant sale will be located next to the United Methodist Women of our churches. Farm, quality craft, and rural life vendors will have educational displays, demonstrations, and items for sale. Tractors are welcome. A chicken barbeque meal will be available for pre-purchase and take-out. Call 570/224-4056 to purchase tickets in advance. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 570/224-4637.