By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The Fourth Annual Pumpkinville, presented by OGE Energy Corporation is now underway at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Events are held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 25 in the Children’s Garden, located at 301 West Reno & Harvey.
Pumpkinviile is free for members, the cost for non-members is $6 per child and $4 per adult. Purchase a Gardens membership and receive free admission.
More than 3,000 pumpkins will fill the Children’s Garden along with crafts, games, festive displays, a party and more. Visit the Pumpkin Patch to purchase your pumpkins. Pumpkin Painting activities cost $5 per pumpkin.
Co-sponsors include Express Employment Professionals, Delta Dental, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation and Allied Arts.
On Sunday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to noon visit the Myriad Gardens Pavilion to find an array of Truly Tasty Pumpkins. Dissect delicious pumpkin delectables like classic pumpkin pie and pumpkin pancakes. Kids will each go home with their own spiced pumpkin seeds to bake. The event is free, but a $2 donation per child is suggested. This event is best for ages 4-10.
A Cider Press Demonstration and Tasting will take place on October 16 and 23 at the Pavilion from 1 – 1:30 p.m. This event is free, but a $1 donation per participant is suggested.
Enjoy spooky, mysterious, and even funny stories each Saturday, (October 17 and 24) from 1 – 1:30 p.m., during Story time at the Pumpkinville Library. Stories include Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane, A Witch Got on At Paddington Station by Dyan Sheldon, and There Was an Old Monster by Ed Emberly. This event is best for ages 5-9. It is free with admission to Pumpkinville.
On Saturday October 24 from 1 – 2 p.m., a discussion on Why Leaves Change Colors will take place in the Pavilion. Participants will finish with a hands-on painting craft that captures nature’s magic of color-changing leaves. Best for ages 5 – 9. $2 suggested donation.
Also on Saturday, October 24 from 6-8 p.m., the Pumpkinville Halloween Party: Garden Monster Bash sponsored by PayCom and Soccer City will take place in the Children’s Garden. There will be ghoulish games, eerie entertainment and spook-alicious treats.
Prizes will be given for the best creepy, crawly and cute costumes. Members are $7 per child, $5 per adult. Non-members are $10 per child and $8 per adult. Pre-registration is requested by October 19. Space is limited so reserve early by contacting Stephanie Currey at 405-445-7082.
This year artists at Studio 222, a ministry of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, have created a special “pumpkin tree” for Pumpkinville. Students, from Kaiser Elementary, Taft Middle School and Northwest Classen High School, worked with professional artist Nathan Pratt to design and create this year’s project, called “PUMPKINdness Into OKC.”
To participate, just take a ribbon from the tree and share the act of kindness that is written on the ribbon or one of your own. Then post a video, comment or photo of your kindness to keep it going.
Memberships to Myriad Gardens are 100 percent tax deductible. They include benefits such as invitations to preview parties and members-only events, discounts on educational programming, access to family activities in the park and free admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.
Recently the Myriad Gardens received the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Space Award.
“All of us at the Myriad Botanical Gardens now know what it must be like to experience the euphoric joy of winning a hard-fought World Series or NBA Finals, because we just won the Urban Land Institute’s 2015 Open Space award, the highly-competitive and prized ‘ championship’ title for new urban public parks,” said Maureen Heffernan, executive director of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
“Along with co-winner Thousand Lantern Park in Foshen, China, Myriad Gardens can now authoritatively state it is a world-class public park and garden.
Sign-up to volunteer during Pumpkinville or for more information, visit myriadgardens.org.