by Mikey Marazza
There were quite a few pumpkin patches here in Christopher Creek this year. Dan Christian called me last week to tell me that my daughter Frankie's pumpkin was ready.
Every year, Dan scratches the children's names in the pumpkins before they're done growing so when they're ready to pick, they can just come over and pick their very own pumpkins. This year, Frankie lucked out. Hers was the biggest one in the patch. Good thing, or she probably would have wanted someone else's. Susan Keown, who also has a pumpkin patch, called me and said that Frankie could come down and pick out a pumpkin. So we walked down, and Frankie picked out the largest pumpkin in the patch and a little one to go with it.
I asked Susan how she grew them and she said all she did was throw the seeds down. It's just like magic, I guess. I, for one, have never been able to grow pumpkins.
Susan also grew spaghetti squash which was delicious. She told me she woke up one night to a ruckus outside and she said it looked like the elk were playing kick ball with her squash. They were kicking them, probably trying to open them. If you've ever had one, however, you know they don't open very easily, even with a sharp knife. Still, it would've been neat to catch that scene on video. As I have said in the past, Christopher Creek has a lot of different animals, and they're quite charming.
The Firebelles are holding a Christmas luncheon Dec. 11 at the Sesame Inn in Payson. Anyone who wants to attend must call Vickey Grootegood at 478-4654 by Dec. 1.
Don't forget, Saturday is the Halloween Hayride celebration sponsored by the Christopher Creek Homeowners. The fun begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Landmark. We'll feed the children, judge their costumes and then load them up for the hayride and an evening of treats and fun, along with a special attraction by the Christopher Creek Boy Scout Troop 754. Scout Master Howard Davis and his troop have created a haunted house especially for the trick-or-treaters. If you have not called to register, please do so.
Also, if you are going to pass out candy, call 478-4519 and have your house added to our list. We will only visit homes that have pre-registered. This is for everyone in Christopher Creek, not just association members. I have seen some really cute decorations out there. Let's get busy and make it a special Halloween. Thanks.
Don't forget the lock-in at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church tonight (Friday). Children must arrive between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. because the doors will be locked at 6:30 p.m. They will have plenty of games and movies, they will sleep over and be let out the next day at 9 a.m. For more information, call Tracy and Teresa Purtee at 478-4337.
Adults, do you have your costumes made yet? Two Halloween parties are planned for Saturday night -- one at the Landmark and one at Creekside. Eddie Reed will perform at Creekside and Jackie will perform at the Landmark. Both places will have costume contests, so get ready for a hauntingly good time.
Saturday at 10 a.m. at the fire hall, the Christopher Creek Homeowners will hold its fall meeting to discuss the holidays. The public is welcome to attend and there will be an open discussion.
Here are some November birthdays: Nov. 2 -- Judy Barnes, Nov. 10 -- Al Dale and Jim Wheeler, Nov. 13 -- Larry Boeschling, Nov. 16 -- Ray Larsen and Kenny Hamilton, Nov. 22 -- Chris Purtee and Bob Quay, Nov. 27 -- Don Anderson and Stan Skepanski, Nov. 28 -- Robert Jones and Dorothy Sagert. Happy birthday everyone.