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Altadena Street Festival (Photo Gallery)

The streets of Altadena were shut down Saturday for the Abundant Harvest Altadena Outreach Festival.

Saturday was a very unique day in Altadena as the intersection of Lake and Mariposa was shut down for a for the first time in years.

Altadena Patch had a booth at the event and not one person who spoke with us could recall the last time the street was shut down for a community festival, if ever.

The festival, which was held by the , had a lot of informational booths, some vendors, and food and live music, though that part of the festival was located one block down from the main part of the event.

Leslie Aitken September 11, 2011 at 06:11 PM
The attendance looks sparse in the pictures, how many people came?
Dan Abendschein (Editor) September 11, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Leslie, hard for me to judge, but I will say these were taken late in the day when the event was past its peak. During the peak of the event I could not get away from the Patch booth as there was a constant stream of people coming by. My impression is though that the event was not as hugely attended as you might expect for a festival where the streets are shut down. I think they could certainly build on this festival as a start if they do it a second time and probably get a really large turn-out. A lot of people also told me they did not hear anything about it ahead of time and just happened by when they noticed the streets were closed.
Leslie Aitken September 11, 2011 at 07:24 PM
The organizers didn't respond to my inquiries about having a booth. The more exhibits, the more people, especially if there are those such as myself, who have their own mailing list to draw from. Cooperation with the ATC, Chamber and local blogs would be the best way to cover all bases. I hope lots of people found out about the blogs yesterday!
Revvell September 11, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I had a booth there and I don't think there were the 2500 people they expected yet, for a first time, I think a decent turn-out. As usual, finding ways to notify people of any event here in Altadena seems to be an issue. I got my booth by clicking on the information, printing it out and bringing in the money to the Center. When I didn't hear back from them, I called the center and was given a number to call. Called it, left a message and Eleanor returned my call immediately; emailed me a receipt and there I was! Nice meeting you Dan. You don't look like your picture! :)
Revvell September 11, 2011 at 08:00 PM
... and thanks for the pic and mention, Dan!
dazzllynn September 11, 2011 at 11:34 PM
I attended the event and I must say for a first time effort it more than met my expectations and I got there around 2ish. It had something for everyone. How great it was to see Shabazz as a food vendor in the Altadena community. Though I no longer live in Altadena, I returned for the festival and thought it was GREAT!!! Kudos to Abundant Harvest for taking the work of the church beyond the walls of the sanctuary.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) September 12, 2011 at 04:49 AM
@Revvell - It was a pleasure to meet you, and yes, I should probably change my photo. I took that one hastily on the first day of launch with my laptop photo booth option.... people often tell me I don't look anything like it.
Lori A. Webster September 12, 2011 at 04:48 PM
From our vantage point at our store, it looked like the event was well attended and very successful - great job, Abundant Harvest!
Ashton Clarke Rice September 12, 2011 at 07:38 PM
I am an Altadena resident and found out about the event from Phlunte Riddle, one of the organizers (Abundant Harvest Church). She asked my organization, Ambassadors for Peace - Community Intervention Organization, to help--which we did and were thrilled to participate! I understand that Ms. Riddle did make a presentation before the ATC on August 16th, and I hope that the Council made an effort to support & publicize the event as well. This was a great outreach. Especially good to see so many young people manning the booths (I was working in the Games section) and getting involved. I really thank the Pasadena PD, the Sheriffs Dept. and the Fire Dept. for their presence, too.
Victoria Valentino September 13, 2011 at 02:23 AM
Several people I spoke with were hoping for a Farmer's Market as part of the festivities, too. Everybody loves to get their produce fresh, honey, olive oil, etc. I would have personally liked to have seen a wider variety of cooked foods, maybe, even that wonderful and unique homemade ice cream that shows up routinely at the South Pas. Farmer's Market on Thursdays. This was a great start, though, to bringing our village together, becoming extended family, getting some foot traffic for local businesses and stirring up some energy in that perfect Mariposa block! When do we get to do it again?
mister altadena September 13, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Overall, I thought it was well put together for a 1st time Altadena event (these guys have done this elsewhere in the past). As noted above, I didn't see the Farmer's Mkt. either even though it was advertised. I had some tacos and agree that more food choices would be nice. Music was surprisingly varied.

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