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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Carve

Falling temperatures and leaves can mean only one thing – it’s time to mark your calendars for The Great Pumpkin Carve held on the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society!

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 23rd, the artists will begin carving huge pumpkins, which are grown at S.I.W. Vegetables in Chadds Ford by H. G. Haskell and friends. At nightfall the pumpkins are lit and a team of three judges are ready to tackle the difficult job of choosing winners among 70 hauntingly carved masterpieces. Thursday, October 23rd, 5 to 9 p.m. - Local artists carve huge pumpkins on the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society. Winners announced sometime after 8:30.

Friday, October 24th 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 25th, 5 to 9 p.m.- Candle-lit carved pumpkins, with winners identified, cover the Historical Society grounds.

All three nights - family fun, good food live music, and hay rides! Admission is $5 per adult 18 and up, children 7 to 17 are $3 each, and those 6 and under are free; CFHS members free with membership card. Hay rides $1. Parking in the meadow beyond the CFHS Barn Visitors Center headquarters building.

* Please wear sturdy walking shoes and plenty of layers.
* Bring a flashlight.
* Please leave your dogs at home.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

National Popcorn Month

October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, a time to honor America’s favorite magical, munchable maize. You seldom need an excuse to grab a handful of these simple kernels of goodness, but a month long celebration gives you plenty of time and justification to try new recipes. Whether you make it sweet, savory or salty, plain or pumped up, you’ll join your fellow Americans in consuming some 16 billion quarts this year.

October is chosen because it marks the triumphant end to the labor of the spring and summer months. As farmers head into the fields to gather the crops, families and friends gather to celebrate this beloved snack food.

Why do we love popcorn? How can we not? Popcorn is the fun food we eat when we’re happy. It’s the surprise food with “before” and “after” pictures that would make a Hollywood starlet cry for a makeover. It’s the science experiment food kids are entertained and educated by as it miraculously changes from kernel to fluff in an instant, hard to soft, non-edible to edible. It’s the simple pleasures food that reminds us to slow down. And it’s the economical food costing mere pennies per serving.

Popcorn also is a whole grain, which makes it a good-for-you food. As a whole grain, popcorn provides carbohydrates and fiber to the diet and is naturally low in fat and calories. That’s good news for your waistline. It’s an ideal in-between meals snack because it satisfies, but doesn’t spoil your appetite.

Yet when all is said and done, popcorn is simply a great tasting food. Surprise your family and friends with a popcorn treat today in honor of National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. For tasty recipes, fun facts, popcorn trivia and more, visit www.popcorn.org.