Cornelius' Corner:

"Fun Times at the Fall Harvest Festival"

Cornelius’ Corner: “Fun Times at the Fall Harvest Festival”

Tom & Marianne Tucker (photo by Lynn Savon)

Hi friends,

The Fall Harvest Festival has been a favorite in the park since the early 1980s, when it began as a sheep shearing day! Following that, it evolved into a fall festival, then a craft show, before growing into the amazing hands-on (scales-on?) experience that it is today!

I was super excited to check out all of the demonstrations and vendors this year because the festival’s theme was food, although I was disappointed to discover that mice and other snake-sized snacks were not included! I started off in the Colonial Market this year, where I made sure to visit all of my friends and check out all the cool things for sale. I wish I could have fit one of the pumpkins in my tank for Halloween. Maybe my coworkers will get me a mini one soon!

Volunteer Bruce Snyder demonstrates flax processing (Photo by Diana McCarthy)

After the Market, I slithered down towards the Barn to watch the puppet show by Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre. I loved the show about “St. George and the Dragon” (I was rooting for the dragon, of course). It was so much fun to see the puppets and follow along with the fun stories! Next to the Barn, I got to learn about flax processing with volunteer Bruce Snyder. I had no idea that all those dry stalks could be turned into the nice soft linen cloth that people wear.

Dr. Clarissa Dillon in the Trimble House Kitchen (Photo by Diana McCarthy)

When it started raining, I went into the Mill to see what I could discover inside. I made sure to say hi to my friends in the Millwright Shop, but I also enjoyed exploring the fishmonger’s display – some of those fish were bigger than me! The paper marbling activity was also really cool. I thought that I would be able to make really cool patterns by swimming through the paint, but they said I needed hands to place the paper.

I was hoping there would be more mouse-related activities but since there weren’t, my favorite was probably the hearth cooking demonstration. It was a very long slither up the hill to the Trimble House kitchen, but the ship-board food Dr. Clarissa Dillon was cooking smelled wonderful!

Thanks to everybody who came in to say hello during the Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, especially my friends who stopped by to show me their painted pumpkins! It was such a busy day that I was completely worn out – I went into my log on Saturday night and didn’t come out again until Tuesday morning.

Your friendly neighborhood corn snake,

– Cornelius

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