Topic of day at River City: Pumpkins

Hailee Henington, Audrey Heman and Melinda Black carve "Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins" at the River City School of Arts and Crafts in Ilwaco. TIMM COLLINS photo

ILWACO - "I wanted to do something seasonal that wasn't spooky," said Tracie Kary on how the idea of a pumpkin carving class came about. "We offer several different projects, but as you can see, the pumpkin carving is the most popular."

On Saturday, Oct. 25, River City School of Arts and Craft held, "Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins," a class on the favorite fruit of the fall season - that's right, a pumpkin is actually a fruit.

About 25 children and adults attended this year's class and had fun learning all sorts of things to do with pumpkins. There was, of course, Jack O' Lantern carving, but pumpkin enthusiasts also learned how to make pumpkin cake, how to illustrate the life cycle of the guard using paper plates and string, as well as how to decorate home-made Halloween candy.

When asked what her favorite part of carving pumpkins was, Hailee Henington said with a mouthful, "the seeds."

Pumpkin Cake

Mix: 3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 small can of pumpkin

1/2 teas. nutmeg

Pour into 9" x 13" cake pan.

Pour 1 box cake mix on top.

Drizzle 1 1/2 cubes of melted butter.

Bake at 350° for one hour.

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