2012 Whitelock Harvest Festival: the rain didn't come, but the people did!

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"Infamous" youth dance crew members perform on Whitelock St. (10/7/12)

The weather forecast called for cold rain, but that didn't stop more than 400 Reservoir Hill community members from eating, dancing, bicycling, and just jumping for joy at the 2012 Whitelock Harvest Festival. This year's festival closed Whitelock St. between Brookfield Ave. and Linden Ave., and featured roving magicians, steel drummers, pumpkin painting, a clown show, and even a bike-powered smoothie blender.  There were so many activities that you'll have to check back tomorrow for a recap of Whitelock Community Farm's Greens Cook Off!

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Clowns entertain the crowd (10/7/12)

It wasn't too long ago that Whitelock St. was mostly fenced off, closed to residents since the original stores were demolished in 1994.  The Whitelock Harvest Festival seeks to bring people back to Whitelock because neighbors need a central gathering place to enjoy one another, and they also deserve an opportunity to celebrate how far we have come in the last few years.

Whitelock St. in 2010

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Whitelock St. at the 10/7/12 Whitelock Harvest Festival

2012 Painting pumpkins:

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Pedaling to blend fruit smoothies:

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Riding through the Bike Rodeo course:

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Singing along with Simply Black:

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Drumming with St. Veronica's Youth Steel Drum Band: 

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Demonstrating how to wave the lulov and etrog as part of the Jewish festival of Sukkot: