Get Ready for Harvest Moon: Ogden's Biggest Street Bash!

If summer is for adventuring, fall brings us home again. And Harvest Moon Celebration is Ogden’s homecoming! The place we reunite, delighted to be back in hoodies meandering our favorite two city blocks with a local brew in hand. Held on the Saturday before the Fall Equinox, and between the last summer Farmers Market Ogden and the first Fall Market by Farmers Market Ogden, the annual celebration marks the transition from summer to fall. It’s the pinnacle event of the year, a community grounding ritual, and the culmination of every farmers market, music festival and art stroll of the season packed into one grand bash.

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It started in 2002 with a team of committed Historic 25th Street small business owners who pulled it together with a lot of love and hard work. In those early years, Heidi Harwood (Brewskis/City Club owner) says they could have been spied crawling through the upstairs window of Rooster’s where they’d stand on the rooftop to watch their beloved event happening on the streets below. For many years, it was a volunteer effort led by Kym Buttschardt (Roosters, Union Grill Owner), Heidi Harwood (Brewkis/City Club Owner), Sara Toliver (Visit Ogden), Jo Packham (Urban Studio), Todd Ferrario (Weber County Parks and Rec), Ryan Christiansen, and other key players, Kallee Genta (State Farm Insurance) and Tina Yu (Tona). 

The city had shut down the annual Ogden Street Festivals of the 80s and 90s that drew crowds of 60,000 people but that had become more of a drunken brawl and a drain on city resources. But it left a void - there were no real events left for the community. Heidi Harwood says, “Harvest Moon was our answer to bringing the community back downtown for a more intimate experience.” 

“We probably had 300 people come the first year and we considered it a big success! We closed a portion of the street in the middle of the 200 block for the event and pulled a trailer out for the stage,” Kym recalls, and gives a very big shout out to Heidi, referring to her as the “mom of 25th Street,” for the time she dedicated over the years to keep the celebration going.

It’s been growing like a wildflower ever since.

Ogden Downtown Alliance (ODA) now hosts the 18-year-old celebratory event that brings 25,000 community members to 25th Street to gather for a day to play, dine, and shop — the most unified and inclusive celebration of the year. When ODA took it over they wanted to make sure it was inclusive of the downtown districts at large as well as cultivating the downtown corridor, something the organization focuses largely on. Vendors and business from other districts were invited to participate.  “Although it was hard to let go for several of us, it was a huge relief when the Alliance took it over because the event had gotten so big, and was run by volunteer business owners who did not have the bandwidth or the vision to do it any more,” says Kym. Heidi is still involved every year, housing the volunteers and staging on ground floor of City Club, and helping get bartenders ready. “I support my ODA posse any way I can!”

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“The Harvest Moon Celebration is a vibrant celebration of local businesses and culture that seeks to provide free community activities for children, highlight local nonprofit organizations, and provide access to local art and music. Harvest Moon serves as a barometer of culture and inclusion efforts within downtown Ogden while serving as a signature piece for the Historic 25th Street Business District.” -Ogden Downtown Alliance

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Heidi says some of her best memories have been on 25th Street at Harvest Moon, and gets teary-eyed remembering years’ past. “Local artists like Brad Wheeler and Dan Weldon teaching harmonica to kids, Lukas Nelson with his big, old party tour bus pulled up behind the stage on the street, Officer Ron Gardiner on his trick horse Sundance, Dwayne Doopsie and Matt Moon on stage...and Imagine (the Beatles band) that rocked the entire crowd no matter the age —one-one of the most loved bands to ever grace the stage!” 

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Let’s make new memories at the 18th Annual Harvest Moon Celebration! Dine at your favorite 25th Street restaurant— it’s a great time to invest in your local artists and local businesses. Free arts and crafts, games and fun for kids galore! They’ll marvel at the big colorful Great Basin Tractors on display, tackle the gigantic climbing wall and take a stab at axe throwing (ages 13+)— all free before five. For grown-ups, a full beer garden and music lineup all night! Send the kids home with a babysitter at 5:00, and stay for the adult fun. Be sure to sign up for the 2nd annual Social Axe Tournament. First, 2nd, and 3rd place to win a custom trophy axe!

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This event is held in conjunction with NUHOPE Suicide Awareness Walk, which kick-starts the day’s events at Ogden Amphitheater. A wonderful opportunity to support suicide awareness. For details visit, nuhopeutah.org

HARVEST MOON CELEBRATION presented by Ogden Downtown Alliance

Date: September 21st
Hours: Noon-8pm
Location: Historic 25th Street
Beer Garden: 100 & 200 blocks
Free admission, service animals only

ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT
NUHOPE WALK
• Located at Amphitheater
• Registration/Check-in 8:30-10am
• Program & Walk 10-11:30am
• Info Booths 11:30-Noon
Register at nuhopeutah.org

KID ACTIVITIES
Noon-5pm
-Giant Pumpkin carved by local artist Adam Smith
-Hand Drawn Photo Booth
-Great Basin Antique Tractors and Gibson Green Acres pumpkin patch displays
-Magician Elias “Lefty” Caress 
-Locally Twisted balloon artists 
-Plaster Fossil Casting by George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park
- Wooden Moon Phases art project by Local Artisan Collective
-Dartside activity course
-Create Your Own Pumpkin activity by Eccles Art Center
-Climbing Wall 
-and many more from all of our amazing organizations and vendors!

SOCIAL AXE 
Free until 5:00, ages 13+
-Tournament starts at 5:30
-Axe Throwing Competition is back for its second year! 
-50 pre-registered participants will compete
-Custom Trophy Axes gifted to the 1st , 2nd , and 3rd place title holders

LIVE MUSIC AND CULTURAL PERFORMANCES
Main & Community Stages, all day
-Branson Anderson
-Ogden Taiko Drummers
-Fuzion
Caleb & Canvas
-Endless Indulgence Retro Wear Fashion Show
-Congolese Drummers
-Ballet Folklorico
-Utah Irish Dance Co
-and more!

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Hot Ticket! JAZZ at the STATION this Wednesday

Enjoy the last week of summer at a special location —The Junction, this week only! Dine outside at one of the restaurant patios or bring a blanket and sit on the grass and grab this FREE hour of AMAZING, groovy jazz by seasoned local musician Bill Bitner’s latest music project, BBX: a collective of local musicians of all styles, playing an eclectic mix of funky beats. Expect to want to dance and feel free!

The Union Station Foundation and WSU Alumni Jazz present

Jazz at the Station

with

BBX
Bill Bitner Experiment

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Wednesday, September 11
7-8 pm
Junction Movie Plaza
Free
All Ages

Jazz at the Station is sponsored by the Union Station Foundation, WSU Alumni Jazz, and grants from R.A.M.P., and Ogden City Arts. They are also sustained by donations from their monthly jazz audiences.

BBX Band: bbxband@gmail.com
Jazz at the Station, co-producers:
Caril Jennings: crjennings@weber.edu
Benjamin jennings: benjaminjennings@me.com

Workshop Theatre in Ogden this Month

Do you ever wonder how a script makes it on stage? Theatre fans can find out one process, workshop theatre, in two of its forms and two different companies in Ogden this month!

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A workshop production is modestly staged without costume or scenery. The actors are on book, script in hand. The workshopping provides the playwright with a better understanding of how the story runs, as well as immediate audience reaction, sometimes causing sections to be reworked for a better script.

At the beginning of the workshop process is the Wasatch Playwright’s Residency, sponsored by Weber Arts Council, August 5-17. The playwright is NYC graduate student Daniel Rattner, with his play “Better.” Public events are held at the Argo House with a final performance in the Ogden High School Black Box Theater.

August 5 • 4pm:  a reading of the existing script for “Better.”  Argo House

August 9 • 4pm: workshop session. Argo House

August 17 • 3pm: Public reading of the workshopped script. Ogden High School Black Box Theater

All events are free and open to the public.

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GOOD COMPANY THEATRE PRESENTS “THE JUNGLE”

“The Jungle” cast members

“The Jungle” cast members

Good Company Theatre NYC theatre professionals are nearing their end of the process, polishing off the latest version of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.” Book, music and lyrics by Nathan Dame and Rob Baumgartner, Jr.  Dame and Baumgartner have been working on this musical theatre piece for several years.

Last two shows this weekend! August 9, 10 -  Friday-Saturday at 8 pm, 4pm matinee 10 Aug.

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THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Workshop playwrights Baumgartner and Dame

Workshop playwrights Baumgartner and Dame

Good Company Theatre presents “Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.”

Book, music and lyrics by Nathan Dame and Rob Baumgartner, Jr.

 How did it happen? How did this whole thing start?

Nathan Dame says, “Rob and I met at the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, hosted by Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut, in I think 2013. We were both there working on separate projects, but became friends. And he pitched me the idea of adapting The Jungle while we were there. Then last year, in 2018, we were at the Mercer Colony writing The Jungle, and we finished the first draft of the show in the same house where we met and where Rob first pitched me the idea 5 years before.”

 How did you end up workshopping this in Ogden?

“I was born and raised in Ogden, and graduated from WSU with a BA in Theatre Arts in 2006. I very soon made my way to New York, where I’ve been ever since. Early on I pursued acting and made a living for a while mostly acting in theater and a little bit of television. My main pursuit for the past few years has been writing - plays, primarily. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle is the first full-length musical Rob and I have written together, and we’ve begun working on our second. I make a living as a musician in theater in New York, conducting musicals, playing piano all over the place, and doing a lot of music notation for various composers and orchestrators while composing and orchestrating my own stuff. My wife is in the photo editing department at Scientific American magazine. We met on the subway and we love to travel. We have two poodles named Bette Davis and Annie Hall.”

Nathan Dame is a writer and music director for theater. He has had plays developed by Roundabout Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage (JAW Fest 2016), The New Group, and Barrow Street Theater. His musical based on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle has been developed at Goodspeed Musicals and Bucks County Playhouse. Some credits as Music Director include: Off-Broadway: Pretty Filthy (The Civilians, Original Cast Recording); Dying For It (Atlantic Theater Company); Mr. Burns (associate music director, Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Be More Chill (Two River Theater, Original Cast Recording); A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group); Pump Boys and Dinettes (Geva Theatre). Developmental work at Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, Aspen Theatre Festival, among many others.

Rob Baumgartner, Jr. is a New York based composer/lyricist and musical director. His original musicals include: The Jungle (Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Roundabout Space Jam), Adam Lives (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Baldwin Wallace First Takes, New York Theatre Barn, NAMT, Cap21), Date of a Lifetime (NYMF, New Jersey Rep) Alone World (Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, West Village Musical Theatre Festival-winner of Best Score), What the Moon Saw (Cap21), Under Construction (NYU), The Hole (St. Clements ’09), Radiant Ruby (Vital Theatre Company ’05) and Lullabies. Rob has served as an assistant to composers Galt MacDermot, Debra Barsha, Rob Reale. Rob is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing MFA program at Tisch School of the Arts. Rob is a proud faculty member at Cap21/Molloy College, Wesleyan Univertsity, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Harlem School.