Fall Crawl Cankerworm Festival

Fall Crawl 2013 - Saturday, October 26th — Midwood Park

PMNA Annual Fall Crawl


This will be our Eighth annual festival to celebrate Halloween for kids of all ages and to continue the neighborhood’s successful fight against the cankerworm infestation of our splendid tree canopy.


This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 26. The ever popular costume parade returns for the neighborhood’s littlest goblins and ghouls followed by trunk-or-treating at Kilgo UMC. Neighborhood residents will again be able to purchase discounted tree banding supplies in Midwood Park. See more about treebanding and supplies in Dave Holtsman’s article in this issue of The Spirit

We need your help to put on this wonderful event Sign up for a volunteer slot here http://plazamidwood.org/FallCrawl2013vol

All activities in Midwood Park throughout the day are free and open to the public – especially a stellar line-up of local musicians in the Midwood Park Amphitheatre from 12:30 until 6:00 pm. In what has now become a Fall Crawl tradition, the ever popular and always energetic Plaza Family Band will kick-off the music and activities in the park at 12:30, so be sure to get to the park in time to get a good seat for this audience-participatory rollicking good time.

Other autumn fun includes local artists and vendors and lots of kids activities including pumpkin painting, and a bounce house.

New this year at Fall Crawl, we are hosting a Christmas ball workshop to teach everyone how to make those beautiful bright Christmas balls you see on Thomas Ave and all around the neighborhood! Instructors will provide the chicken wire for $1 a ball but please bring the following additional supplies:

200 LED lights (2 strands per ball) or more.....

work gloves

wire cutters

For more information please on the Christmas balls visit  http://lightedchristmasballs.blogspot.com/

And of course our wonderful neighbors, Birdsong Brewery will also be on site with adult beverages.




  • 9 am – noon: Treebanding supplies on sale in Midwood Park

  • 11:30am: Costume Parade for Plaza Midwood kids. The parade begins in Midwood Park with a local marching band leading the goblins through the neighborhood.

  • Noon: Trunk or Treat at Kilgo United Methodist Church

  • 2 pm: Lighted Christmas Balls Workshop

  • 12:30 – 6:00 pm: Activities in the Park

    • Food and beverage

    • Local artists and vendors

    • Great music

    • Kids’ activities – face painting, pumpkin painting, bounce house, and much more!


Issac Gay Fall Crawl Performer

12:30 - 1:30 The Plaza Family Band: This group of neighborhood musicians has become such a hit at Fall Crawl, they are an essential part of the festival! They will perform all their hits from numerous Children's Music CD's they have produced to benefit better schools! All the kids love this one!

2:00 - 3:00 Issac Gay: New to the Midwood stage, this talented young man from Virginia Beach is playing the role of Tarzan at Children's Theater this Fall. He also plays guitar modern classical style and sings as good as Jane! 

3:30 - 4:30 Jeff Brown: One of our favorite festival friends, Jeff returns with a great sense of humor, brilliant guitar work, singing and a terrific set of covers with originals!

5:00 - 6:00 Sol kiCHen: This group's Alternative Psychedelic Folk can be heard some evenings on Kensington Dr. right here in Midwood. Sometimes the best bands are jamming on your own street while playing gigs in NODA. What a fun way to end the show!

Sol kiCHen Performer at Fall Crawl

Fall Crawl is presented by The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association and sponsored by many generous neighbors and companies; please look for them to be recognized at the event.


For vendor and sponsorship opportunities, contact Courtney Williams at Courtney.williams@edwardjones.com. For volunteer opportunities and general event information, contact Phillip Gussman at pgussman@mindspring.com.