“Harvest Home Festival”

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“Warwick in History” – The following is from the remembrances of Mrs. John D. Beattie, Sr.

Every fall, in Sugar Loaf, after the fruits of our labors had been garnered, which was usually the last Sunday in October, we would have what was called a “Harvest Home Festival” at the church.

Every family would bring in baskets of fruit, vegetables, colorful pumpkins, squash, etc. There would be cans of fruit, jars of jelly, rolls, homemade bread and cakes, hams, a few dressed chickens, jars of cider, baskets of potatoes, and apples, and some beautiful potted plants. Then, too, there might be a couple of beautiful quilts which had been made by the ladies of the congregation. All these things would be given to the pastor and his family. It was truly a beautiful expression of gratitude for the fullness of the harvest and the bounty of the Lord. In those days, the pastor’s family was large and his salary a mere pittance, so this was most gratefully received.