5K at Brown’s on Oct. 10 will honor the late Joyce Harris

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 September 2015 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – Runners are pictured at the start of last year’s Brown’s Berry Patch 5-kilometer Cross Country Run and Memory Walk. This year’s race will be Oct. 10 and will feature a new course and a new starting time at noon.

CARLTON – The race and memory walk will go on at Brown family farm this year. It will be the 20th 5-kilometer cross country walk and run at Brown’s.

The Brown family has raised $35,000 for Hospice of Orleans through the event. This year’s walk and run will start at noon on Oct. 10. Participants should gather at the former retail site for Brown’s Berry Patch on Route 18.

The Brown family retired from the retail side of the business – the gift shop, ice cream, bakery and playground – this year after more than 30 years.

Margy Brown, the race director, decided to keep the 5K event going to raise funds for Hospice and provide some motivation to exercise in the fall.

This year’s event will be in memory of Joyce Harris, an active member of the Carlton community who died from cancer at age 65 on April 24.

Brown wanted to honor the memory of Harris, who was her neighbor.

Harris was a member of the Carlton Town Board for 11 years. She enjoyed promoting the community and getting things done on the Town Board, said her husband of 47 years, Will.

“She liked to get involved and see if she could get something accomplished,” her husband said.

Joyce Harris

He will be at the Brown’s 5K with the couple’s two grown daughters, and other family, friends and colleagues.

Mrs. Harris worked as a secretary/bookkeeper for her family’s farming operation and then for Torrey Farms before retiring with Shelby Stone.

Mr. Harris grew up in the Village of Albion and started dating his wife in high school. They moved out to rural Carlton.

“We liked the country atmosphere,” he said. “It was a great place to raise kids.”

For more information on the Brown’s 5K, including registration information, click here.