Apple Harvest Festival poster unveiled
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Sep. 13, 2011
As the official kickoff of the Apple Harvest Festival season, the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce unveiled the festival's poster at the AT&T store in Somerset Square at a lunchtime event on Sept. 12. Calling it “something very different,” Chamber President Mary Ellen Dombrowski said this year's poster was truly the Chamber's “baby,” as it was created by Chamber Business Manager Bill Hofferth and Communications Manager Ginger Lynn.
“It's very different than any of the posters we've ever had,” Dombrowski said, adding that Hofferth and Lynn's design was selected from several other submissions. “It was just the most unique,” she said.
The design centers on a pastoral-looking photo of a boy carrying a bushel of apples. Hofferth said he found the photo in the Library of Congress, which has a vast collection of digital images, which are high-resolution and available for use free of charge.
“I have a little bit of a hobby where I like to repurpose and reproduce vintage photographs,” Hofferth said. “When we talked about this poster, I typed in ‘apples’ and came up with this little boy. The title of the photo was, ‘The proof was in the pudding.’”
“We think he’s from Glastonbury,” joked Lynn.
Hofferth said he added color and 'touching-up' to the photo, and that Lynn did most of the lettering and other design work on the poster, which also features a QR code. “If you put your smart phone right up to it, it will bring you right to the Apple Harvest Festival web page on our website,” Dombrowski said.
It was the second year in a row that AT&T was the poster sponsor. Abby Jewett, director of external legislative affairs for AT&T, said the company didn't want to let the sponsorship pass them by. “It's a fabulous opportunity,” she said. “The Apple Harvest Festival is really a wonderful community, family event that we're really proud to be associated with.”
State Sen. Steve Cassano (D-4th District) and state Rep. Jason Rojas (D-9th District) also attended the unveiling. “I'm very excited about the festival,” Cassano said. “I think it's one of the greatest community events in the state.”
Dombrowski said this year's festival will be in keeping with all of its traditions, but will have a few new wrinkles, including about 40 new crafters' booths, and more than a dozen new food vendors. A wellness section will be added, which will feature fitness demonstrations, such as Zumba and martial arts, throughout the weekend.
For the second year, the Sunday morning of the festival will feature a 5k run, along with a youth 1k run and a fun run for smaller children.
The 37th annual Apple Harvest Festival will take place Oct. 15 and 16 at Riverfront Park. For more information, visit www.glastonburychamber.net.