Pumpkinfest set at Southwest library



PHOTO COURTESY KATE PICKUP-MCMULLIN

PHOTO COURTESY KATE PICKUP-MCMULLIN

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Pumpkin carving, storytelling and trick-or-treating for books await kids at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Pumpkin carving will be offered from 1-5 p.m. Pumpkins and tools are provided while supplies last or bring your own. Artist Mike Duffy will be on hand offering tips and creating a jack-o-lantern that will be raffled off to support the festival. Local musicians will provide live music, open-mic style during the afternoon.

At 6:30 p.m., Jennifer Armstrong of Belfast will entertain with stories for all ages and end with a scary story for kids in 5th grade and up. Armstrong says “I believe in audience participation and community celebrations and think of myself as a creative facilitator as well as a performer. I tell traditional and personal stories from my Celtic-American heritage and play the Scottish bagpipe, fiddle, banjo and guitar.”

Jack-o-lanterns will be lit up on the stone wall in front of the library; a sight worth seeing.

At 7:30 p.m., the Acadia Ukulele Society will play in the front yard with popcorn and hot cider available. It may be chilly out, but you won’t be standing still. This wonderful new group of local musicians will have you dancing and singing along.

On Oct. 31, Halloween night, the library provides a cozy stop for trick-or-treaters and their families. The “treat” is a free book! This is a great way to celebrate the season and promote family literacy by enjoying stories and books together.

Call the library at 244-7065.