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Pumpkins, Paw Paws, Urban Greens and Later, Books

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by Josh Wood Thursday October 14, 2010

Sketch for the Pumpkin and Paw Paw FestivalOnly six more farmer’s markets remain in the season. Here are some notes from the Friends about the season’s big event, the Pumpkin and Paw Paw Festival:

This Saturday October 16 is the Pumpkin & Paw Paw Festival at the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market from 9AM to 12 PM featuring hay rides, canoe rentals, paw paws and gardening advice from the Edgewood Garden Club. The garden club will also offer a kids activity and the plant pot reuse program.

HAY RIDES: The annual Pawtuxet Village autumn hay rides from 9:30 to 12:30 am will start in the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet parking lot at the farmers market . Tickets $3 per person/$7 per family of three or more (siblings & parents). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations advised! Come early to reserve your seat. Tickets can be purchased at Twice Told Tales new location: 2145 Broad Street, next to the Pawtuxet Baptist Church. This event usually sells out, so buy your tickets soon. For more information contact marta.thebridge@mac.com. The hay rides are organized by the Pawtuxet Village Association.

CANOEING: Enjoy the fall colors on the Pawtuxet River at Friends of the Pawtuxet’s October 16 canoe trip. Canoes are available for an hour to paddle the calm Pawtuxet and enjoy the bright yellow, orange and red leaves of maple, black gum and poplar trees. Great blue heron, turtles and muskrats are also commonly seen. If you are nervous in a canoe, we will supply a guide. Trips leave at 9, 10 and 11 AM. Adults $3 and children $1. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 573-7054.

PLANT POT REUSE: Clean your garage or porch and get those plant pots back into action. The Edgewood Garden Club has its annual plant pot reuse event Saturday at the market. Just bring your old pots, plastic seedling six packs and trays and match them up with others of the same size. Then our farmers will store them for the winter and use them in the spring. Three inch pots are especially in demand.

URBAN GREENS
Many communities have cooperative grocery stores that offer local produce and a organic foods, but Providence/Cranston/Warwick does not. Fortunately, a group named Urban Greens is trying and needs 2000 members to open a store in Providence’s West End. They will have a table at Saturday’s market to recruit members. Stop by and talk with them, or go to urbangreens.com for more information.

Later, take your Paw Paw stupor to the Cranston Public Library Book Sale. The sale runs from 9am to 3pm and will feature hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, Videos and CDs and a raffle. All proceeds will be used by the Friends of the Cranston Public Library to purchase needed materials for the library.

The Central Library is located at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road.

Pictured is a sketch of a poster idea I had for the Pumpkin and Paw Paw Festival. Heh heh.

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