Fall Crawl Cankerworm Festival

Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl 2014, October 25th

Midwood Park

Tree Banding supplies available 9:00am to Noon.

Noon to 6:00pm Fun for all!


Every year when the neighborhood starts getting a little spooky in October we have to think about the other creepy thing we all have to deal with The Cankerworms!  That must mean its time for Fall Crawl. 

This will be our Ninth 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.   Last year we did pretty good and only a few pockets of severe infestation so lets make sure we all band so we don't have to avoid the worms next spring.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 25.  The ever popular costume parade returns for the neighborhood’s littlest goblins and ghouls followed by trunk-or-treating at The Vine (formerly 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.

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.  As a special treat this year bring something to drum on, we are kicking things off with an interactive drum circle lead by Drumstrong, the Charlotte based organization that raises awareness and funds for cancer organizations globally through rhythm (more info at www.drumstrong.org.)  Of course the ever popular Plaza Family Band is performing their energetic and expanding repertoire, while we enjoy the other activities in the park at, 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. 

After the positive reaction we got last year we are bringing back the 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 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.  And neighbors Taco GreenGo Food truck will be serving up the tasty treats!

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 The Vine, Formerly 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!


Main Stage Schedule (Just kidding just one stage)
12:00 - 12:30  Drum circle Midwood style:  led by Drumstrong who's mission is to provide a vehicle for health entities and cancer societies to show communities the resources at hand to assist in directing and easing cancer concerns.  http://www.drumstrong.org/

1:00 - 2:00 Plaza Family Band:   http://plazafamilyband.squarespace.com/

2:30 - 3:30 Sabra Callas:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sabra-Callas-Fans/117926004888008

4:00 - 5:00 Greg Lilley: http://www.reverbnation.com/greglilley

5:30 - 6:30 Ancient Cities: http://www.ancientcitiesband.com/bio.htm

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 Brian Tressler at sponsorship@plazamidwood.org.  For volunteer opportunities and general event information, contact Phillip Gussman at pgussman@mindspring.com.