EXETER — Howl at the Moon Fall Festival was the latest event held by borough officials. It celebrated the beginning of autumn and was held on the grounds of the former St. Cecelia’s Church in an effort to bring the community together.
The festival planning began in July with Lori DeAngelo and Lindo Sabatini named as co-chairs of the event. Both are members of the Exeter Events committee, a program designed to promote the Borough of Exeter. The first event held by Exeter Events was a community block party at the end of June.
“We started on July 1 the day after the block party and we decided to have a fall festival because there’s not many on this side of the river or even in the area,” DeAngelo said. “We came up with ideas for the festival, got permission from the church and booked our entertainment.”
Showcased for the seven-hour festival that began at 3 p.m. were food trucks, fall craft vendors, bounce houses donated by Grand Rental Station, an apple cider stand, a maze donated by Champi’s Greenhouses, face painting, raffle baskets, potato pancake and beer stands, entertainment and a lantern launch at 9:15 p.m.
Rich Murawski and Dave Balent set up lights throughout the venue for after sunset.
According to DeAngelo, all money spent on the fall festival was money raised from the block party held this past summer as well as donations such as gift baskets and gift certificates. All money raised from the fall festival will go back into the community or Exeter Events for a future project.
“We want people to understand that Exeter has life and there are a lot of good things in Exeter and we want people to come into town,” Sabatini said. “Events like this give people a pretty good reason to come around to see what we have.”
Exeter resident Amanda Gregorio brought her 2-year-old son Abel to the festival where he particularly enjoyed the bounce houses and the maze. “It’s fun entertainment for the kids,” Gregorio said.
There was plenty of food provided by food trucks that lined Wyoming Avenue. DeAngelo said PennDOT and borough police cleared the way for the trucks to participate.
Exeter Mayor Denise Adams was pleased with the turnout and said it is very possible Howl at the Moon could return for year two next fall.
Exeter Events has future happenings on the table and/or up for discussion. Mayor Adams encourages Exeter residents to get involved with the committee by volunteering their time.
“Anything we are doing is for our community and any money raised will go back into the community,” Sabatini concluded.
The next event isn’t official yet, but Exeter Events may plan something for the Christmas holidays.
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