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Finger Lakes Art Council: Harvest Moon Magic in Auburn | Lifestyles

Kat Alexander special for the citizen

Each year, a pale orange moon graces us with her presence in September, or as is the case every three years, in October. It will take place on September 10 of this year. This celestial beauty is always the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, the time when the sun is directly above the equator and day and night are of equal length. This unique moon has a history dating back to Native American tribes, where it got its name, according to AgAmerica. It signaled the time they would harvest corn, and farmers throughout history have since relied on the same moon to signal the time to harvest their summer crops.

This moon also sheds light on the end of summer, as well as the onset of shorter, colder days as we head into fall. It’s often the brightest full moon of the year and a spectacular chance to snap a great photo of our lunar neighbor.

There have been festivals celebrating the Harvest Moon across continents for centuries. Some say this moon symbolizes abundance and a moment of gratitude for what the year has brought you so far.

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Such a gathering will be held right here in the historic Willard Memorial Chapel from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, September 9 at Art Impressions. This event will feature activities in honor of Sydney’s Harvest Moon, as well as creative crafts and festive music. Mooncakes and other lunar delicacies will also be served.

Additionally, this event will include tarot card readings, essential oil making and taking, magical moon paintings, and cards and giveaways from Sandy Shutter. There is a special performance at 7:30 p.m. by Witchy Women of the Finger Lakes. If you want to see the show, you’ll want to get there early, as these ladies always draw a crowd!

If you’ve never attended an event at Artistic Impressions, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of beautiful decor, drinks, food, and people. Warm and festive atmosphere guaranteed, and you will not leave empty-handed if you look at all the offers within the shop and the studio itself.

Sandra Shutter and Bill Clark, both artists, have the space filled with items ranging from functional to “just have it!” Sandra is a locally acclaimed artist who recently received the Phyllis Goldman Encouragement for Women Award. Shop displays are updated regularly, so visitors can come back many times and always see something new.

We would also like to thank everyone who attended our Creative Arts Summer Festival on August 13th. The event would not have been possible without the support of the staff and Board of Directors of Willard Memorial Chapel, the vendors who brought their creations for sale, the food vendors, Bill Clark providing DJ service and Loren Barrigar providing music for the afternoon.

Art prints can be found on Facebook. Sandra Shutter’s website is The Willard Chapel website is Witchy Women of the Finger Lakes can be found on Facebook at @witchywomenofthefingerlakes. You can reach the Finger Lakes Art Council at [email protected]

Kat Alexander is a board member of the Finger Lakes Art Council. For more information, visit