The event will begin Thursday with a Pop-up Art Gallery at the American Legion Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then, spend the evening at the Augusta Trailhead where Pop-A-Wheelie and The Augusta Brewery will host a social with food and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition, Plein Air Artists will have a "Quick Paint" competition from 4 to 6 p.m. with art for sale (after judging) with a $250 first place cash prize sponsored by Edelweiss Guest Haus.
Friday evening, the ever popular "Picnic and Concert in the Vineyards" returns, but with an added attraction of artwork created throughout the day at the private estate where the event is hosted. One talented artist will receive a $500 purchase award sponsored by Schultz Haus Vineyard.
From 4-6 p.m. the public is invited to view art and the Veterans Memorial, celebrate the history of the American Legion Hall, and see the unveiling of a collage painting by Marty Coulter depicting proposed renovations/restorations of the hall as a Cultural Arts Center. The Pop-up Art Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. concert ticket holders will be shuttled to a secret location, board a pumpkin wagon to a beautiful private estate, and enjoy plein air artwork created that day, a silent auction/art sale, and port wine tasting. Following that, guests will claim their gourmet picnic basket and hay bale table to enjoy a concert and picnic in the vineyard featuring the music of Michael Lacy and his New Orleans Swing Band, along with a special guest vocalist, Tobee Tyler. (Reservations required - $100 per couple or $195 for 4.)
Saturday will feature a town festival starting with a Children's Harvest Parade at 10 a.m. that will pay tribute to the theme of Bryan Haynes' painting, "Augusta-Harmonie Verein 1869". Following the parade will be the ever popular pie baking contest, pie walks, children's yoga, pony rides, food and drinks in the town square and more. Artists and artisans will showcase their work in booths along Walnut and Locust Streets; and the Augusta Bottoms Consort will play music under the shade trees at Ebenezer UCC from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Artists will be painting in Augusta from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., competing for a $500 purchase award sponsored by The Red Brick Inn B&B. An art sale will follow. There will be a sip and paint at Augusta Winery at 2 p.m.
Throughout the day, weather permitting, award-winning artist Craig Thomas will do a street painting of a Thomas Hart Benton Harvest scene at the American Legion Hall. "Art carts" will shuttle visitors back and forth from the Town Square to the American Legion Hall where the Pop-up Art Gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. featuring plein air artwork created in and around Augusta either during the Fall Harvest Festival or anytime in the past.
Saturday evening, the signature "Wine Makers Social" will be held at Noboleis Vineyard. This is a premier 5-course dinner with wine pairings. The guest speaker will be Catherine Neville, Publisher of Feast Magazine. (Seating is limited. Reservations required. $100 per person.)
Sunday, the festival concludes with a full day of activities at the American Legion Hall. Activities include the Pop-up Art Gallery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards will be announced for two art categories: Dusk to Dawn, $250 cash prize sponsored by Stone Ledge Antiques will be announced at 11 a.m.; and a $500 Harvest Theme award sponsored by Nathan Laupp-Ferguson Financial Group will be announced at 1 p.m.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be an American Legion BBQ Pork Steak and Fried Chicken dinner featuring German potato salad and sides. Two antique Model A John Deere tractors will be on display. The three winning pies (with their recipes) will be auctioned at 1:30 p.m. There will be music in the gazebo (sponsored by Augusta and Montelle Wineries) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. by the Friends of Aaron Jazz Band playing a "Tribute to America" including patriotic and dance/band music honoring the "Greatest Generation."
The theme and purpose of this expanded Harvest Festival is to support the proposed restoration and renovation of the Augusta American Legion Hall as a Cultural Arts Center for the Town. The Augusta American Legion building and property has a rich history dating back to the Harmonie-Verein - a German musical/cultural society that existed from 1856 to 1922. Throughout its history, the property has provided a venue for community events and social gatherings. As a Cultural Arts Center, it is hoped the property will continue to promote and showcase Augusta's historical, cultural and community amenities for decades to come. All proceeds from the art sales, and a portion of the proceeds from the other activities will benefit the restoration effort.
For more information visit www.augusta-chamber.org. Call 636-228-4005 to purchase tickets for Friday and Saturday evening events.