Pumpkin Stroll on October 9th

Mark your calendar and start thinking about how to carve or paint your gourds this year

Above: Save the date for taking part in the annual community jack o lantern display put on by Southborough Rotary. (images L-R cropped from Rotary photos from Facebook and contributed with credit to Ron Hereema)

As I’ve previously posted, Heritage Day is coming up on Monday, October 10th.

I’ll continue posting details for related events/activities over the coming weeks. This post’s focus is Southborough Rotary Club’s annual Heritage Day Eve event — the popular Pumpkin Stroll. That takes place on Sunday, October 9th.

For those of you unfamiliar, it’s a display of lit pumpkins that line the stone wall running around the Old Burial Ground. The lineup begins on Common Street next to the Southborough Library, runs up the hill, and around the corner on St. Mark’s Street.

Every year, designs cover a range of traditional, spooky, beautiful, wacky, and clever. Something always surprises me. (Scroll down for some past examples.)

If you are contributing, drop off your carved or decorated pumpkins from 4:00 – 6:00 pm that afternoon – Sunday, October 8th. (If you want them back, make sure to fetch them by Monday morning.)

The lit display begins at 6:00 pm (though it is typically busier after dusk).

The Rotary Club will be stationed in front of the Library, offering cider, cookies and other treats for free (though contributions to causes they support are generally welcome).

Rotary will also be collecting donations for the Southborough Food Pantry. They are seeking donations of Coffee, Tea, Dish Detergent, and Cooking Oil. (Look for the collection box at their table.)

Below are examples from each year that the blog has covered the fun:*

2021 Pumpkin Stroll photo by Beth Melo 2019 pumpkin stroll from Rotary Club posting to Facebook 2018 pumpkin stroll jack o lantern photo contributed by Rotary Club 2018 pumpkin stroll carved and lit pumpkin photo contributed by Rotary Club 2017 Light Up Southborough jack o lantern - photo by Beth Melo 2015 Light Up Southborough pumpkin - photo by Beth Melo 2014 Light Up Southborough jack o lantern - photo Contributed by Jessica Rosenthal 2013 Light Up Southborough display - photo by Beth Melo 2012 Light Up Southborough photo contributed by Teresita Penuelas 2011 Light Up Southborough photo contributed by Linda David 2009 Light Up Southborough - photo contributed by Nancy OConnor 2008 Light Up Southborough - photo by Susan Fitzgerald

For more great examples, check out the photo galleries.

*The event couldn’t be held in 2016 and 2020 (due to weather and Covid), and no photos were posted in 2010.

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