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The great Pumpkin Patch
Garden Club event is Saturday at park
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Geared up for Halloween yet?

It’s time for the Seventh Annual "Pumpkin Patch" event, held by the Richmond Hill Garden Club. This year’s festivities will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at J.F. Gregory Park from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. under the pavilion, rain or shine.

The Garden Club will be selling pumpkins of all sizes along with colorful mums, bales of straw, corn stalks, scare crows and other Halloween decorating accessories.

"The members really enjoy The Patch. It’s a lot of hard work, but the community is very supportive," said Mary Burns, president of the Garden Club and co-chair with Rita Beard for the Pumpkin Patch event.

"On Friday morning, we will also have approximately 135 preschoolers come from the Montessori school," Burns said. "They’ll get their faces painted, a picture with Mrs. Pumpkin, a small pumpkin and a package of Witch’s Warts."

Saturday’s event will feature a "Fish Pond" where children can net a Halloween-themed prize, a photo with Mrs. Pumpkin or face painting. The club has also invited Mr. Magic, who creates magic from balloons. Tickets for all activities will be on sale, with most costing one dollar.

"We are having much the same activities this year, and we plan to enlarge the area under the pavilion from last year because it got a little crowded," Burns said.

The Richmond Hill Garden Club invites everyone to come out and enjoy browsing "The Patch," which serves as their main fundraising event for the year. Since 1955, the Garden Club has served to "beautify the community while fostering a love for gardening," the club said. They maintain gardens at the Wetland Center, Primary School and also at the entrance to J.F. Gregory Park. The club also recently voted to maintain a garden bed at the LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation.

The club meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Richmond Hill Library. Dues are $20 per year. For more information call 727-3219.


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