Pumpkin Parade Party 10/21 Serves 39!

Jim cuddles with his kitty-pumpkin

Jim cuddles with his kitty-pumpkin

This past Saturday’s Memory Café in the Garden, 10am – 12pm, served a total of 39 people – our biggest gathering to date. In addition to our usual wheelchair-accessible Open Garden offering, we hosted a Pumpkin Parade Party. The party included offering small, medium, and large-size pumpkins for painting with oil-based paint markers, and decorating with glue dots, foam cut-outs, and colorful pipe-cleaners. A six-foot long table offered a few more refreshments than usual (usual is water and coffee). At this event we offered taste-testing with a nod to the “3 Sisters” of Native American Tradition (squash, beans, and corn): salted roasted pumpkin seeds 6-ways, 3 hummus spreads with crudités and pita bread, 4 flavors of popped corn, corn and veggie chips, crunchy kale 6-ways, gluten-free pumpkin-chip muffins, traditional salty crackers, artisan cheeses, grapes, a candy buffet, and apple cider… which attracted lots of yellow-jackets! Next time, we’re thinking single-serve cups may be better.

Four Northeast Arc (NE ARC) group homes attended (Gloucester, Topsfield, Burlington, and Danvers), totaling twenty-four residents (12) and staff (12). Fifteen additional individuals, couples, and families joined the fun. Thanks to Giulia Finazzo, a Resident Assistant from the Gloucester NE ARC Group Home, for the idea,“Maybe in October, we can bring a pumpkin to paint”….

Our final Memory Café in the Garden is this Saturday, 10/28, 10am – 12pm. Walk-ins, wheel-ins welcome. Your RSVP is appreciated, as we have limited parking.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

Three Sisters Snacks: Squash, Beans & Corn

Three Sisters Snacks: Squash, Beans & Corn

First guest to arrive was a bicyclist, Mary Ellen from Ipswich

First guest to arrive was a bicyclist, Mary Ellen from Ipswich

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - 6 ways

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – 6 ways

Two pumpkin-fun craft tables set up

Two pumpkin-fun craft tables set up

Ben, Emma, and Joan like the Purple Beauty Berry Bush best!

Ben, Emma, and Joan like the Purple Beauty Berry Bush best!

Groups from Burlington and Gloucester enjoy painting pumpkins

Groups from Burlington and Gloucester enjoy painting pumpkins

Ed tells us, "You're doin' a good job here."  Catherine helps Nancy and Sarah at the Pear Tree Picnic Table

Ed tells us, “You’re doin’ a good job here.” Catherine helps Nancy and Sarah at the Pear Tree Picnic Table

Marlene shies away from the camera

Marlene shies away from the camera

Linda shows off her purple-glitter-pumpkin

Linda shows off her purple-glitter-pumpkin

Peter and Linda enjoy the Pond's Edge

Peter and Linda enjoy the Pond’s Edge

All Guests were invited to sign the guest book

All Guests were invited to sign the guest book

Group leaders were given a take-home holiday card

Four groups were given a Halloween/Harvest card for at-home refrigerator door art

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