Fall has arrived in downtown Exeter, NH and Halloween is just around the corner. Flowers of pinks and blues filling window boxes all summer have been replaced by yellows and orange and a little bit of BOO!
….. we bring you Jack-O-Lanterns from Keene, NH. Last week the community celebrated their 21st annual Keene Pumpkin Festival with a parade, fireworks, pumpkin bowling, food, crafts, music and the famous three-story high Jack-O-Lantern Tower. Visitors from all across North America and as far away as Japan, England, and Australia swarmed to this small city of 23,000 to have some good old fashioned fun. “Don’t come to Keene without your pumpkin,” said festival official as a friendly competition is always in the works with Boston for the world record for most lit Jack-O-Lanterns in one place. Keene held the record until 2006. But the festival is more than a competition. It’s all about community involvement, fellowship and tons of fun.
The fall season was in full swing last week when I received these festival iPhone photos from our son in college in NH.
That was then. This is now.
Twenty-two inches of snow was dumped on the community yesterday. A festival today would have to be named ‘Frozen Pumpkin Festival.’ Timing is everything.
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester