Fall Festival 2009 Recap and Highlights

The Thirteenth Annual PTSA-sponsored Fall Festival held last Friday was a tremendous success! Over 50 school clubs and organizations benefited from the event, earning more than $14,000 for their treasuries. The MLWGS Fall Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to gather the entire school community (students and their families, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and neighbors) to enjoy food, fun and fellowship in a relaxed environment.

Some highlights from this year’s festival included:
  • More food booths than ever, providing an array of international favorites, including bratwurst, falafel, panini, crepes, Asian, Spanish, and soul food entrees, pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn, ice cream, snow cones, milkshakes, root beer floats, caramel corn, candy apples and other goodies.
  • Many activities for all ages, including: video games, a cake walk, a craft table, a Russian beanbag toss game, a ball-toss game for goldfish, a dunking tank, a moon-bounce, and many other attractions.
  • A diverse schedule of live stage performances drew large crowds. Some of the acts included: musical ASL signing, Shakespeare/Improv, student rock bands, MLWGS chorus, jazz, and pep band performances not to mention the hugely popular Faculty Lounge Lizards. 


The PTSA Fall Festival Committee wishes to thank everyone who enthusiastically supported this event including:

Mr. Morton, Mr. Tharp, and the scores of MLWGS Green Dragons, administrators, staff members, custodians and security, along with the many spirited festival participants: faculty club sponsors, club members, performers, scads of hard-working volunteers and lenders of essential equipment who kindly shared generators, tents, coolers, and many other items.


We are deeply indebted to Mr. John Cox, Cox Transportation president, Mr. Ray Weidman, Cox Director of Fleet Maintenance,  and Mr. Robert Howe, father of alumnus Garrett Howe, for generously providing the open trailer (complete with steps) that became our fabulous Fall Festival entertainment stage.


Please join us in congratulating the winners of Fall Festival 2009 awards:
  • Fall Festival 2009 T-shirt Design Winner: Natalie Bruno (class of 2013)
  • Best Decorated Booth: The Junior Class (Nacho Bar): a $30 prize was awarded to its club treasury.
  • Most Class Participation:  Senior Class (class of 2010) :a $50 prize was awarded to its class treasury
The Fall Festival 2009 co-chair, Lynn Bivens, extends her heartfelt appreciation to the other hard-working and talented committee co-chairs and MLWGS groups who gave their all to make Fall Festival truly fabulous and fun:
  • Participating Senior Class Parents for their generous sponsorship of the Moon-Bounce Castle
  • The Environmental Club for turn-key recycling and their commitment to keeping MLWGS “green”
  • Karl Von Klein, for his musical guidance and management of the outstanding talent, supported by the expert band of sound engineers, MCs, and stage technicians
  • Bill and Joan Yates, for their tremendous knowledge and support, and for their tireless help with planning, set-up and take-down
  • Carie Kuzemchak, for her faithful service and for providing that vital link on money matters
  • Cathy Hermes, for skillfully managing setup and take-down of scads of equipment and cheerfully coordinating scores of needed volunteers (yet again!)
  • Julie Weissend, for pulling together (again) an exciting schedule of dazzling entertainment and important presentations for our family of “green dragons”
  • Anne Napps, who organized the official Fall Festival T-shirt contest and bedecked Maggie Walker with autumnal splendor (again)
  • Linda Talmadge, for deftly arranging the purchase, storage, and sales of PTSA drinks
  • Lisa and Charles Byles for making cleanup and crowd management run smoothly 
  • New Committee Members Yolande Long and Ann Major-Hiles for their help with directing volunteers during the Festitival
  • Tim Talmadge and Don Chandler, for their countless hours on Friday spent putting up tents, running electrical wires and hanging stage banners
Other Fall Festival Notes:
Anyone needing to pick up loaned equipment please contact Lynn Bivens (lynn.bivens@comcast.net)
Anyone who lost personal items during the festival may check with Mr. Charles.


Check here to view our photo gallery for more Fall Festival Pictures  OR 
Click on the arrow below to see MLWGS Dragons in action!