Fall festivities welcome season
There are several ways to tell that fall is among us. The leaves have changed from that summer green to golden brown, tinted yellow and orange. The air has turned crisp and the winds have picked up. Even the Sierras indicate the change in seasons; dusted white from recent storms. Down in the Carson Valley a popular way to welcome fall is to make scarecrows and explore gardens. East Fork Gallery teamed up with Mainstreet Gardens for the Fall Festival and Scarecrow Festival Saturday at Heritage Park where many visitors said it is one of the best ways to welcome the change in seasons.
East Fork Gallery member Margie Leslie said the gallery has been hosting the Scarecrow Festival for over 30 years and it has become a tradition that many families mark on their calendars and never miss.
“Generations, after generations come to enjoy this event,” said Leslie. “It’s a great family activity and a great welcoming to fall, a nice little break and it keeps the kids busy for awhile.”
Phillip and Alexandria Roundy brought their 4-year-old son, Trevor, to the scarecrow festival in hope that the tradition Alexandria had grown up with could be passed down to her own kids.
“I used to come all the time when I was a kid and now I get to do it with my own,” said Alexandria. “It’s such a great tradition and Trevor seemed to have enjoyed it.”
Trevor was happy to show off his scarecrow, Corey, which he made all by himself with his mom and dad’s help of course.
Meanwhile, it was the Garrison family’s first time making scarecrows. Chris Garrison said it is something he will definitely do again with his daughters Allie (4) and Charlie (5).
“It’s definitely a project,” said Garrison. “We just found out about it this year, but it was cool and a lot of fun.”
Allie and Charlie made a scarecrow named “Kate” with braids and a pink scarf. The girls said they had fun picking out Kate’s clothes and putting her together.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Allie. “I will come and do it again.”
After families made their scarecrows, they walked across the parking lot to explore the Heritage Park Garden for the Fall Festival hosted by Main Street Gardnerville Garden.
The kids participated in a scavenger hunt where they explored the gardens and marked off their findings. They could dig in the “Critter in the Corn” bucket and find special rocks and critters, explore a bee hive, paint rocks and enter for a chance to take home a pumpkin.
“This event has all kinds of things to encourage people to get outside, explore and enjoy the gardens,” said Mainstreet Garden volunteer Donna Werner. “We hold this event to encourage the community the get involved with the garden and to come and see what we do and what they can do too.”
Mainstreet Garden coordinator, Carol Sandmeier said the Fall Festival has celebrated its 5th year and hope to hold several more, encouraging the community to become more involved with the garden along the way.
“Our purpose is to grow food and to educate people on how to grow their own,” said Sandmeier. “We have experienced gardeners who are available to help and several gardens for community use.”
Sandmeier said that a girl scout troop has their own garden there, a class from Carson Valley Middle School, the Fuerza Latinas group and the sharing garden where local food banks can plant for use in the community.
“We want to encourage the community to stop by and check out the opportunities we offer and to learn how to grow and maintain a garden.” Sandmeier continued, “It is hard to grow on Nevada soil, but it is possible.”
Fall is among us and the community welcomed the season by building scarecrows, exploring gardens, making memories and traditions.
For more information on how to get involved with Mainstreet Gardens email Carol Sandmeier, CJSandmeier@aol.com or Paula Lochridge, PLochridge@mainstreetgardnerville.org or call 782-8027 and visit http://www.mainstreetgardnerville.org.