Venue change adds flavor to SomerHarvest’s return | New

Let’s break bread together.

This is the vibe behind SomerHarvest, a fundraiser for the efforts of Somerset Junior Woman’s Club and a community meal meant to evoke pleasant autumn feelings and bring people together.

Like so many things though, Covid has hampered the holding of the event for the past two years. On Thursday, however, SomerHarvest returned – with a slight makeover but the same energizing fall feel.

“I think it all went really well,” said Wynona Padgett of Somerset Junior Woman’s Club (SJWC), who noted the event was sold out. “I’ve only heard good comments, which makes me really happy because it was a change of venue. I think people liked having the fountain behind them to listen to and the music in front of them. Moreover, you can also see the fountain from the fountain square.

Rather than blocking East Mt. Vernon Street and setting up a long table, the event was moved to Judicial Center Square, where several tables – always of good length – were set up. The sweet sounds of musical group Pleasant Company filled the air, as guests took their places among an assortment of fall festival table decorations (including the creative use of Ale-8-One bottle boxes to hold flowers) and enjoyed a meal made from local ingredients. , from Summit Meats and Burnett Farms.

Local culinary talent Darlene Newell, of Diamondz & Divaz Catering, prepared the meal, which included pork medallions, maple-glazed sweet potatoes, cucumber salad, stringless green beans and buttery rolls , cooked at Amon’s sugar shack. Dessert included savory apple pies made by Padgett’s mother, Norlena, with Haney’s Appledale Farm apples, vanilla ice cream from Prairie Farms and cupcakes from Burke’s Bakery, plus a selection of syrups from Burnett Farms, Woodstock Lavender Company, Kentucky Mountain Honey and Brazen Botanicals.

“It was a pleasure to be part of SomerHarvest,” said Newell. “It’s been a few years, but it was nice to have this event back in the community this year!”

Newell was happy to receive a positive response; “Everyone said everything was great.”

Padgett said he heard lots of great comments about Newell’s food, as well as his mother’s own apple pies (said with a chuckle), and of course the unique atmosphere under perfect, clear September skies. .

She added that it’s likely next year’s event will retain the plaza location, which made things logistically easier than being on the street.

Money raised from the event went to the SJWC Scholarship for Somerset Community College, as well as several other group projects. SWJC has donated nearly $11,000 to the school’s Scholarship Foundation, and Padgett hopes this year’s SomerHarvest returns will put them above that figure.

Couple Asia and Tyler Barrett attended their first SomerHarvest and came away impressed.

“I just think the whole layout was so beautiful,” Asia said. “It was very peaceful and mingling with all the different people was wonderful.”

Tyler added, “The music was awesome; big business. It was just amazing.

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