scarecrows and banjos and gardens, oh my!

Every fall, I make sure to plan a visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for their annual “Scarecrows in the Garden” event. To me, it’s the epitome of fall’s arrival… TONS of scarecrows decorated by people and organizations from all over the community, pumpkins, seasonal ales, great weather, and banjo music!  I actually got two exhibits for the price of one, because the gorgeous, huge living sculptures from “Imaginary Worlds” were still on display.

Fun evening with some of my puppet coworkers::

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Scarecrow Sockly, the Center for Puppetry Arts’ scarecrow — he’s modeled after our 8′ tall sock puppet mascot::
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Some pretties from around the garden::
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The Earth Goddess – a beautiful, HUGE sculpture/water feature::
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This gal had a great duct tape dress and hat::
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The Royal HAY-by::
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Black bird pie… made out of a kiddie pool::
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Fabulous pink ponies and skeletons! I think these were my favorite::
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Such a pretty view of part of the Midtown skyline at dusk::
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Such a lovely way to wind down October and get ready for the holidays – and cold weather!  There’s just one week left for both of these displays, so be sure to visit soon if you’re in Atlanta!

weekend adventure:: pumpkins!

I’ve been dying to go to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in North Georgia for years. It seems like it we should wait until we have kids who would really enjoy it, but I couldn’t. wait. any. longer. I had to check out the pumpkins! So last Sunday, we made the trek up to Dawsonville to cross this item off my fall bucket list. And boy, was that a trek. It took close to 1.5 hours to get there, but it was a pretty drive through the country once we got off 400.

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We arrived just after 10am, and the parking lot was almost completely full. I couldn’t believe how busy the farm was.

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There were SO many different types of pumpkins to choose from…. standard orange, HUGE orange, white, green/blue, pink/orange, pumpkins with warts… the options seemed endless.  If you’re in need of some out of the ordinary pumpkins, this is the place to be. And it was just fun to kick off the beginning of fall with a very fall-ish activity! 
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Our wheelbarrow of loot.
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The (for now) finished product! We have to find some time to carve our big orange pumpkin, and I also have a fun idea for the 4 little guys… I’ll be back with an update!

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