Card of Thanks

One would need a calculator to count all the folks who lent hands and time and resources to make this Sunday’s Annual Trails Pumpkin Walk a success! Every call by the committee for help brought abundant willing folks.

The Pumpkin Walk relies year after year on the tireless enthusiasm of Hardwick Elementary art teacher Beth LeCours. She orchestrates a week-long marathon so that every student at the elementary school can carve a pumpkin – sometimes two!

On the evening of the walk, Lesa Cathcart transforms into the Friendly Witch to enchant both young and old with her giggly, scratchy laugh and wonderful songs and stories.

This year, Jeudevine Youth Librarian Marilyn McDowell posted a wonderful children’s story with pumpkins(!) for the current Story Walk along the trail.

Behind the scenes are generous merchants (Slice of Earth Farmstand, Hannaford and Aubuchon) and so many community members. All make the magic that is a forest of 400 orange faces lit by flickering candles in the dark of night. At the end of the walk, they create a community celebration of cider and donuts around a giant bonfire.

We thank all who helped and all the community who came to enjoy this Hardwick tradition.

The Hardwick Trails Committee