MADISON COUNTY —
It is almost Halloween, and to help you and your family prepare, the Madison County Extension Service is having a special workshop, Multigenerational Pumpkin Fun.
Bring your children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents to this fun workshop all about pumpkins and Halloween.
The story of Stingy Jack and the origin of the Jack O’Lanterns will be told. Information on pumpkin varieties and how to grow them will be shared.
We will also learn to make delicious pumpkin seed snacks and explore some unique ways to decorate pumpkins.
Each family will carve their own pumpkin and take home recipes for making their own pumpkin treats. The workshop will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Madison County Extension Education Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.
The class is free but enrollment is limited, so call soon to register at 623-4072.
All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
There are lots of options for trick-or-treating fun in Madison County. Both Richmond and Berea have set official trick or treating times from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Both cities will also be providing alternative activities during the trick-or-treating time.
Richmond’s Halloween Hoe-Down will be on Main Street and will include a petting zoo, inflatables and local businesses providing treats for children.
Berea’s Halloween at the Park will also be from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Park and will include scary dances, fire truck rides and trick-or-treating with local businesses.
If your family chooses to do traditional trick-or-treating in neighborhoods here are a few safety tips for parents to share with their trick or treaters:
• Cross the street safely at corners. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as your cross. Walk; don’t run, across the street.
• Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
• Always stop at and be cautious around driveways. Drivers may not see children as they are backing out of or entering driveways.
• Slow down and stay alert. Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
• Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colors. Masks can obstruct vision so choose nontoxic face paint and makeup instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better as well as be seen by drivers.
If you are driving on Halloween night, be extra alert. Children will be more focused on gathering candy and the excitement of the holiday than on following safety rules.
Have a fun and safe Halloween. (Source: www.ukhealthcare.uky.edu/safekids)
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County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
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