All-School Harvestfest To Return

The school’s annual all-school Harvestfest will return next week after COVID-19 canceled last year’s event. Students report looking forward to the fall activities to come at the event, which Director of Auxiliary Programs Cassandra Abodeely is organizing.

According to Abodeely, Harvestfest is a fall celebration where students in each division come together to bond as a community. Parent volunteers, Lower School art teachers, and athletics staff also help to organize the activities.

Abodeely said she is extremely excited about the event, which will occur on November 2 at 9:10 a.m.

“Highlighting this year’s theme, the New Three R’s: Reflection, Resilience, and Reconnection, Harvestfest 2021 brings the whole community together,” Abodeely said. “It’s a chance to celebrate the season, connect across the divisions, and remind us of what we love about being at Brimmer.”

Ayanna Jefferson ’22 helps a Lower School student decorate a pumpkin during Harvestfest 2019. (Edan Zinn)

At the event, volunteers will lead pumpkin decorating activities, serve apple cider donuts, hand out temporary tattoos. In addition, the Upper School Ensemble will be performing for their first all-school concert of the year.

After last year’s livestreamed concerts, which had limited live audiences, guitar player Jack Nathanson ’23 is glad to be able to share the Ensemble’s music with the entire School.

“I’m super excited to perform again,” Nathanson said. “It’s been a long time, and Harvestfest will be great.”

The Upper School Band plays “Funky Monkey” as a part of their Harvest Fest set in 2019. (Edan Zinn)

Chloe Scolnick ’23, who has attended Harvestfest since coming to the School in third grade, is also thrilled about the event’s return.

“I’m looking forward to having a fun morning,” Scolnick said. “I really love meeting the Lower School students from across the street, and we all come together as one big Brimmer family.”