Harvest Festival Draws Thousands to Stamford Museum for Fall Fun and a Little History

The warm Indian Summer weather set the scene for the biggest Harvest Festival ever when more than 4,900 visitors descended on the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, CT, on October 15 and 16. The Fifth Connecticut Regiment set up an encampment on a Heckscher Farm pasture on site, and performed demonstrations of not only musket-firing and marching, but also smithing, surger­­­y practices of the time, leather-making and wood-working. Guests also had the chance to carve pumpkins, try the apple slingshot, take a hayride, build a scarecrow and sip apple cider as well as stroll the farm. Children enjoyed face-painting, storytelling, crafts and marching in their Halloween costumes in a parade. Everyone feasted on local eats from popular food trucks. Proceeds from the festivities benefit the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s mission and education programs.

Photographs by Cheryl Moss