What a load of fun we, the Tolland Youth Garden Committee, had on Saturday at the Crandall Park pavilion leading a group of youths in Halloween crafts.
That's because the kids had loads of fun, as you'll see in the photos below. They spent two hours carving pumpkins, making ghosts, monster feet, spiders, and scarecrows and then parading in costume to hang the scarecrows in the Youth Garden.
Carol Zerio, Paula and Jack Robinson, Susan Mundy, Fran Maynard, Sandie and Dave Benjamin and myself brought a fabulous collection of supplies, ideas, skills and energy for a successful day.
Some parents enjoyed sticking around to watch their child or children learn and play, and offered the occasional assist, which is very cool. I must give a shout-out to my own young buds, nephew Talon and friend Jenna Rose. Paid participants, "my" 6th-graders also helped out with some of the younger kids. They helped sign them in, create name tags, and herd into groups for photos. I'm a proud Auntie.
Now, we need to hear that some of you can help with our next big work project. This Saturday, October 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., we'll prepare the garden for its rejuvenating winter nap. There are sooo many ways that you can help, you needn't be scared. If lots of us show up, the work will go fast anyway. But you can do something as easy as bring refreshments, supply rakes, wheelbarrows and shovels. Some able bodied people, young and not so young, want to sweat and get dirty, and we don't want to run short on tools!
Give me a call if you need more info: 860-281-6822 or email Sandie Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org.