by Rosalie Hernandez –

Minions, Princess Anna and Elsa time 20, aliens, ghosts, witches and chipmunks under the age of ten had a boo-ful of fun and adventure at the annual Great Pumpkin hunt on Lindley Commons Saturday afternoon.  Children and parents from every corner of New Grace came ready to hunt for pumpkins, toys and treats.  Refreshments were in keeping with the festivities:  Pumpkin juice for punch, haunted houses and spiders for cookies, and every treat that could be imagined by parents was offered and quickly enjoyed.  The costume parade was a great success.  Roosevelt Electronics provided what appeared to be a stadium-sized TV and cameras that allowed the children to see themselves on the big screen.  What a hoot!!


The scavenger hunt at Earl Bob’s Hoot n’ Holler Bar and Grill was a huge success.  Ghosts, goblins, and of course zombies scoured the woods in the early evening looking for florescent skulls, vampire fangs, Dracula’s coffin and other weird and scary things that go bump in the night.

Participants had to be in costume and over 18 years of age.  Each ten of 2 or more were given a clue to the location of numbered “eerie halloweenies.”  Each found item contained a clue to the next item.  The first team that found all the items was declared Misters and Mistresses of the Night and each received a gift certificate for dinner at the Camellia Inn Resort and Spa in Godfrey.

After the hunt the creatures of the night returned to the Hoot n’ Holler for more festivities.  Designated drivers received goofy-eyed headbands and the wings and soda were on the house.

We spoke with Earl Bob the day of the event.  He told us that Halloween parties at the Hoot n’ Holler are always well attended.  “We wanted to do something different this year and so we thought up the scavenger hunt.  It’s perfect here in the woods with the moon coming up and the lake.  Everybody had a good time.  It was good fun.  We’re gonna do it again next year. “

HALLOWEEN 2015  NEW GRACE NEWS  MICHELLE GWYNN JONESSpeaking of the Camellia Inn, the Mad Hatters Fancy Dress Halloween Ball was held Saturday evening.  This year‘s theme was The Muppets.  The Lamplighter room was filled with parcels of Miss Piggy, armies of Kermit the Frog and sleuths of Fonzie.  Animal(s), Grumpy Old Men and rats from space were having a good o’le time.  Some attendees designed their own interpretations of muppets and they stole the show!

As always the menu for dinner was out of this world:  Endive Appetizers with Crab, Carrot Soup with Cilantro and Chile, Marinated Zucchini and Goat Cheese Salad for starters.  Choice of Entrée:  Braised Chicken with Shallots, Dates and Apricots served with Basmati Rice Pilaf, Beef Fillet Provencale and roasted Garlic Potatoes with Fresh Chives or Herby Salmon Pockets with Lemon and Wine Cream Sauce with Kabocha Squash, Broccoli and Yellow Beans.  Cherry and Chocolate Torte and Pavola were the choices for dessert.

Mrs. Dorothy Winslow as Miss Piggy and Mr. Daniel Gettings as the Swedish Chef dressed as Miss Piggy won Best Costumes.   All proceeds will go to the scholarship for young people pursuing studies in music, art and design.

The Winter carnival is the Mad Hatters next event.  Tickets go quickly so, if interested contact Leona Biggersbotoms at madhattersforyouth .org or phone 803 555 2901.  Yes, this is a black tie affair – literally.


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