Adam
Haley from Stirling was the guest speaker at the October meeting for the Tweed and District Horticultural Society. Since it is now
October, pumpkin carving was the topic of the evening’s presentation. Adam’s
pumpkins certainly brought out the “wows” from the audience! He even had a
sculpture made from a huge squash! As Adam says you can use pumpkins, squash,
watermelons, melons and even strawberries!
Adam
started carving pumpkins using simple kitchen knives and spoons. He has since
progressed to clay carving tools….very simple tools considering the
masterpieces that he creates!
As
Adam said, “carving is a subtractive art” and this was evident as he turned a
small pumpkin into an amazing face through his various carving
techniques…always carving away pieces of pumpkin!
Some
advice Adam offered to potential carvers…
·      
Pumpkin should be cold
·      
Use a spray bottle of water to keep
the pumpkin moist
·      
Best to have a tall skinny pumpkin
with a fat stem
·      
To clean out the pumpkin, simply cut
out the back….this will help you to gage the thickness of the pumpkin as you
carve
·      
“the possibilities are endless!”

COMING
UP….

 October
12 @10:30
….A children’s workshop on pumpkin carving will be held at the
Library. Adam Haley will be demonstrating his amazing techniques to the
children. Volunteers are needed at 10:00 to set-up for the program and to help
the children during the workshop.
October
19 @ 9 am
….Fall clean-up of Moira
Garden, town beds and
Cenotaph.
October
26
….District 3 Fall Meeting at the Library. Only the President and Secretary
can attend.
November
5
…Enjoy a cooking demonstration with Steve Nicholson, Chef at Loyalist College.
Steve will present new ideas on cooking our summer produce….and everyone gets
to sample!!!   Pumpkin
display
…if you attempted to carve and sculpt a pumpkin, you are invited to
share your creation at the meeting.  Annual
General Meeting
will be held.
November
9 @ 10:30
…Children’s Workshop…Seed Art at the library.
November
15
…Deadline for Volunteer Hours for December 2012-November 2013…call
613-478-5535 for more information.
December
13
…Christmas Luncheon at Club 213 at Loyalist
College. More info and
signup sheet will be available at November meeting.

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