By Stephen E. Lipken
The Pelham Children’s Center Pumpkin Festival was held on Saturday, October 12, entertaining over 500 citizens from Pelham and surrounding municipalities. The festival began with a Kids’ Fun Run to the Pelham Art Center from Michael Schwerner Way and back for children 12 and under. Gazebo Park became a field of pumpkins for sale along with a raffle and elaborate book sale in the Daronco Town House to raise funds for the Center.
There was face painting, arts and crafts, a guitar/banjo sing/dance-a-long by Zev Haber and an opportunity for kids to be photographed with Mickey Mouse and Elmo. Children regaled the Festival with colorful costumes such as a unicorn fairy; Dracula; green witch; Jessie from “Toy Story;” adult wearing a “Happy Pumpkin” smock; Robin (from Batman); ladybug and a miniature Police Officer.
In addition, pony rides and petting zoo were provided by Pied Piper Pony Rides featuring chickens, mallards and two black sheep, “Pickles” and “Midnight.”
Sponsors included Al’s Tackle Shop; Annie’s Nail; Café Ammi; DeCicco’s; Fairway; Filya’s Hair Salon; J Café; Lenny’s Bagels; Manor Market; Marco’s Pizzeria; Paws on Fifth; Pelville Café; Plaster Palace; Provisions; Ralph’s Fifth Avenue Hair Salon; Renaissance Bagels; Rockwell’s; Verizon; Vincents Jewelry; Cantina Lobos; PK Photo Studio and Zumba with Brittney.
“We want to thank all of our sponsors and the Pelham community coming out to donate books and businesses donating food,” Pumpkin President Amanda Hannan said. “For our next event, ‘Pictures with Santa’ on Saturday, November 30th we will have Santa in the Town House for another great fundraiser.”
“The Pumpkin Fest is one of those things that makes Pelham special,” Deputy Village of Pelham Mayor and Town Justice candidate Adam Kagan observed. “The collection of families, both new and those who have been here for a while make Pelham truly a special place to be.