Thanksgiving festivities begin early in Northeast, where the neighbors will gather Nov. 19 for the seventh-annual Northeast Harvest Gathering, featuring music, refreshments and a celebration of the community.
“It started out as a religious festival gathering but over the years it has become essentially a civic celebration,” said Ron Handberg, one of the members of the planning committee behind the festival. “… Even though it occurs during the thanksgiving week, we treat it as a time to get involved in the community, promoting dialogue, promoting a sense of togetherness in this extremely diverse Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood.”
Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Alan Page gives this year’s keynote address.
“We look for speakers who they think can speak to the philosophy of the event,” Handberg said. “Justice Page and his wife are very active in the field of education and they have done some great work.”
The Northeast Harvest Gathering runs 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Nov. 19 at Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes St. N.E.