A “Harvest Festival” is planned for the last Second Saturday Community Market of the season Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Meadville Market House.
The bounty of the summer and the coming of autumn will be at the event with live music and entertainment, family activities, and the homemade and homegrown offerings of more than 30 local vendors. Admission and parking are free.
The acoustic female duet Earth Angel opens with bluegrass, country, folk and gospel tunes (9 to 10:30 a.m.); Fiddulacc — named for its harmonious mix of fiddle, dulcimer and accordion — invites community members out for contra dancing, a participatory style, learn-as-you-go dance for all ages and abilities, 10:45 a.m. to noon; and Ted Mallick closes the market with old time banjo music, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Marketgoers can learn about a different type of harvest with Allegheny College professor T.J. Eatmon’s aquaponics demonstration from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. His talk will highlight the soilless food growing systems inside the Market House and at Allegheny College, and explain how anyone can create a simple setup for year-long fresh produce at home.
Snippets and songs from the show Playing Dirty will be presented by Allegheny College and Meadville community members Tito Aderemi-Ibitola, Blair Hartman, Lee Scandinaro, Dan Winston and Nate Youngblood from noon to 12:30 p.m. The original production, which premiered a year ago, was collaboratively devised by Beth Watkins, Brian Thummler and the company, with songs composed by Bob Michel.
Magic Steve and his balloon animals will delight the younger crowd, as well as the popular Kids Craft Station hosted by Meadville Council on the Arts.
The staple of Second Saturdays is the assortment of local arts/crafts, produce, plants and foods, all produced within 75 miles of Meadville. Fresh roasted Happy Mug coffee, artisan cheeses, maple products, pastries, hand-carved wood furniture, fine art prints, pottery, jewelry, handmade scarves, and kids’ hair accessories are among this month’s offerings.
The outdoor markets are held rain or shine each second Saturday from May to September.
More information: Call (800) 332-2338. or visit fb.com/MeadvilleSSCM.