Harvest Dinner in Newtown

By Bradford Times Staff

The hamlet of Newton Robinson has found the perfect way to bring its community together: a series of celebrations that have included a Canada Day ribfest and fireworks, Christmas-tree lighting, sugarbush maple syrup pancake breakfast and, last week, a Harvest Dinner and corn roast.

The initiative of unofficial mayor of Newton Robinson Tyler Philp and his “council,” and residents of the hamlet, the all-ages events bring everyone together to share food, music and local news.

The Harvest Dinner was held at the circa-1857 home of James and Becky Rutherford, and featured a potluck dinner set out under the stars, a bonfire where the kids could make s’mores, and a corn roast, with gourmet condiments and toppings, including sriracha butter for the brave.

It was a way for neighbour to get to know neighbour and a throwback to the days when local dances, socials and community dinners kept everyone connected.