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October 1, 2013

Church offers trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Hoping to build on the success of the annual summer Strawberry Festival, the Main Street Congregational Church will be holding a month-long Pumpkin Patch fundraiser in which hundreds of pumpkins will be laid out across the church lawn for residents to purchase.

Louise McRae, a member of the church’s Board of Fellowship and Outreach, said between 500 and 1,500 pumpkins will be delivered to the church on Saturday, and then between Oct. 6 and Oct. 30 the pumpkins will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to the church’s general fund.

“We do a lot of missions and trips for organizations outside of ourselves, we’ve helped Our Neighbors’ Table and some of the playground efforts,” McRae said. “Basically it’s just to keep the church going, as most churches today have a need for fundraising.”

The price of the pumpkins will vary depending on the size, and McRae said the smallest ones would start at $3 and increase in price by a dollar, with the biggest pumpkins priced between $10 and $12. There will also be decorative gourds available for sale, and McRae said there will be photo opportunities for kids to stick their heads through fun cardboard cutouts.

“It’s not just fundraising — part of it is building community within the community,” McRae said. “We want to be a presence in the community and this is a part of that effort.”

Church volunteers will help staff the event throughout the month, and residents can purchase pumpkins between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and between noon and 6 p.m. on Sundays and from Tuesday to Friday.

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The Amesbury Educational Foundation’s fourth annual Autumn Evening of Giving is set for Monday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Ale House, and tickets are now on sale for $25 per person.

The evening once again culminates with the awarding of the $10,000 Jordan M. Shay Memorial Grant and trophy, which is presented annually in honor of Jordan Shay, the Amesbury High School graduate who served in the Army after graduating in 2005. Shay was killed in action in Iraq in September of 2009.

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