McLaughlin Garden: Jack-o-lantern event to be preceded by carving demonstration

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PARIS — The second annual Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular will be held at the McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, 97 Main St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25. Hundreds of carved pumpkins will line garden paths creating a seasonal spectacle.

Prior to the event, on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., a free pumpkin carving demonstration by local artists will give ideas and demonstrate techniques to anyone who is thinking of carving a jack-o-lantern.

In addition to individuals who plan to carve for this event, several groups including the students at Oxford Hills Middle School, the art clubs at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and Hebron Academy, students from the Boxberry School and a group of homeschoolers are planning to help with this event.

Otisfield author Henry Hamilton will read from his book, “Night Full Frightful: A Collection of Spooky Rhymes.” He plans to bring along original illustrations by Maine artist Patricia Chandler. Copies of the book will be available for sale. The readings will take place at 6:30 and 7:30 in the barn. The stories are most suitable for 8- through 14-year-olds, although many adults have enjoyed it as much as the children have

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Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-17 and free for children 5 and under. The admission price includes free hot cider and popcorn.

Anyone who donates a jack-o-lantern to the event by Oct. 23 will receive a free ticket. Carvers may pick their pumpkins up on Sunday if they wish.

Further information may be obtained by calling the garden at 743-8820.

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