Harvest Festival This Sunday at Piers Park

September 7, 2011
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This year’s annual Harvest Festival will not only showcase the gardening talents of locals and the musical prowess of Eastie kids but will pay tribute to the men and woman who died a decade ago during the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

On Sunday, September 11 from 2-6 p.m. Zumix, Eastie’s youth-driven music education and community arts organization, will host the festival at Piers Park on Marginal Street.

From 2-3 p.m. Zumix will honor the ten year anniversary of 9/11 with the East Boston Fire Department and Police Department. This will include a wreath laying ceremony and water display from Fire Department boats as a tribute memorial.

“I’m really looking forward to the Harvest Festival,” said Interim Executive and Program Director Kim Dawson. “In addition to the 9/11 tribute, we have some amazing musicians performing and a lot of fun games and activities lined up. It’s going to be an awesome day.”

From 3-4 p.m., rock group and winner of Zumix’s Battle of the Bands, West Eagle Misifu, will perform. From 4-6 p.m., Latin Salsa group, Grupo Fantasia, will take the stage.

Zumix will hold a harvest competition, apple pie baking competition, and games for all ages to enjoy. The festival will serve as both a close to Zumix’s Summer Concert Series and an opportunity to bring the community of Eastie together for a day of remembrance and enjoyment.

“Zumix is proud to host the Harvest Festival with support from the Boston Cultural Council, East Boston Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massport, and Piers PAC Committee,” said Dawson.

Zumix, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts, offers award-winning programs in songwriting, performance, radio, audio technology, and theater for youth ages 7-18, as well as private instrumental lessons for all ages.

Founded in response to a wave of youth violence, Zumix provides top-quality cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger, and fear, and as a method of building cultural understanding and acceptance in one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods.

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