It had been a busy couple of weeks for Belle and Bad Boy and we had decided to take this past week-end “off” to recharge. Then I started seeing lots of buzz on Twitter about all the Halloween events happening in the Triangle: Spooky Saturday at NC Museum of Life and Science, The Midtown Farmer’s Market Boos and Brews, Trick or Treating at City Market and Moore Square, Raleigh Zombie Walk 2014, Monster Dash, and Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve, just to name a few. After a little cajoling, I was able to convince Bad Boy we needed join the fun of one or two of the Spooky Saturday events. We decided on Boos and Brews and The Great Pumpkin Carve. Since Boos and Brews was happening at the Midtown Farmer’s Market we could get in the “spirit” of Halloween as well as replenish a few grocery needs from some of the vendors. At the Great Pumpkin Carve I was hoping to pick up new carving techniques for this year’s Jack-o-Lantern.
Boos and Brews
It was the perfect autumn morning, cool and crisp, as we headed to the Midtown Farmer’s Market. On arrival we strolled through the market. The Halloween theme of Boos and Brews brought in several local breweries in addition to the normal vendors and there several Halloween activities such as pumpkin bowling and scarecrow stuffing. We began our shopping at The Coon Rock Farm booth with some polish, chorizo and breakfast sausage. I plan to surprise Bad Boy with a new polish sausage dish (I will post it on our Facebook page http://tinyurl.com/okqzbtq ). Bad Boy selected a pumpkin muffin and a pecan sticky bun from the Yellow Dog Bread Company and a bottle of hot pepper vinegar from The Pepper King. Other purchases of the day included sour dough bread from Got Thyme, fresh pasta from Melina’s Fresh Pasta, and a couple of bouquets of zinnias from Happy as a Coneflower Farm.
American Meltdown was at the market serving their gourmet breakfast melts and we decided to enjoy a couple of their melts. I went with the classic Bacon Egg and Cheese melt. Bad Boy couldn’t resist ordering the Scarborough Breakfast since he is a fan of Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe. Our breakfast melts were both hearty and delicious. After our breakfast melts Bad Boy decided to head to the craft brewery section to do a little tasting. Brueprint Brewing, Lincoln Bottle Shop and Tap Room, Raleigh Brewing Co, White Street Brewing and Sourwood Brewing were the breweries in attendance. While Bad Boy was enjoying the samplings from the breweries, I did a little people watching and stopped to watch Maria of Maria’s Fancy Faces paint the faces of excited children dressed in their Halloween costumes. As we were leaving everyone was lining up for the costume parade.
The Great Pumpkin Carve
The Town of Cary had several Halloween events scheduled for Saturday. We decided to go to The Great Pumpkin Carve at the Performance Green in Downtown Cary from 2 – 8 pm. The Great Pumpkin Carve was a family friendly event with a pumpkin patch, carving stations and Halloween theme movies. Participants could stop by the Pumpkin Patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin or bring their own pumpkin to carve. There were 3D Pumpkin Carving Instructional sessions at 2:30 and 4:30 where you could learn how to carve a 3D face on a pumpkin. After time for carving, the pumpkins were judged and then a pumpkin lighting.
We arrived a little after the event began to find the pumpkin patch almost empty. Many were already carving their choices. We did catch part of the 3D carving instructions and watched the older carvers try their hand at 3D carving. I realized this type of pumpkin carving was above my crafting skills, so I will be sticking to the traditional carved Jack-o-Lantern. We took time to visit each of the carving stations and watched both young and old engaged in carving the perfect pumpkin. These were judge later and ribbons were awarded in the following categories: Scariest Pumpkin, Funniest Pumpkin, Most Artistic Pumpkin, and Most Original Pumpkin. Then there was the pumpkin lighting and after the pumpkin lighting, family friendly Halloween TV specials, including Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown were shown outdoors under the stars. S. Belle