UPDATE 11/3/12: Please come out to the Carve-O-Thon and the Jack-O-Lantern Stroll starting on 11/4/12 (tomorrow)! Canal-O-Ween’s Carve-O-Thon WILL happen from Noon – 3pmish, on Nov. 4th (or til 4pm to help set up pumpkins on the canal!) The location will be the Rivermawr Green in Yardley as was originally planned.
Canal-O-Ween returns with lots of Jack-O-Lantern carving and fun for all in 2012! Imagine walking along the beautiful Delaware Canal running through the historic borough of Yardley, PA on a crisp fall day just after Halloween. As the sun sets in the salmon sky and the twilight settles in, dozens of carved pumpkins, flickering with warm light guide your way forward for a half mile. It’s quiet, serene and natural, back to the origins of Halloween and All Souls Day.
Canal-O-Ween kicks-off with the Carve-O-Thon sponsored this year by the Yardley Business Association, in which over 100 carvers are expected to carve over 150+ Jack-O-Lanterns in 3 hours. The Carve-O-Thon will be held at the Rivermawr Green at the northwest corner of Morgan and Maple in Yardley Borough from 4:00-7:00pm on October 30th. Snacks, cider and a whole lot of pumpkin carving await participants! Judges will pick the prize winners for best carving, on All Soul’s Day evening (Nov. 1), with prizes for all the winners given by The Face & Body Spa and other local Yardley businesses!
“Canal-O-Ween is really just about carving pumpkins, lighting them and sharing the simple beauty of fall season, without expectations, fees or frenetic activity. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the changing of the year towards darkness and the creativity of others with a stroll along the canal as the perfect background,” notes Jef Buehler, Team Canal-O-Ween founding member. “Thanks to Customers’ Bank, our 2012 Pumpkin Sponsor, we are sure to have even bigger and better pumpkins on display.”
Canal-O-Ween week features the Jack-O-Lantern Stroll sponsored by The Continental Tavern – a daily lighting of all pumpkins along the canal north of the Afton Ave. bridge for 1/4 mile. Strollers should park in town, take the opportunity to visit some of Yardley’s own restaurants and businesses, and then walk down on foot to the canal north of the Afton Avenue bridge. Beginning at dusk (rain or shine), the canal will be lined with 150+ jack-o-lanterns, creating a magical display that will delight all ages. Pumpkins stay lit for approximately 2-3 hours, depending on conditions. Some 1,600 people did the Stroll in 2011, and more are anticipated this year.
Volunteers are welcomed for set-up and spacing of pumpkins on Oct 31, evening pumpkin lightings for all seven nights, helping set up and manage the Carve-O-Thon on Oct 30, and cleanup of pumpkins on Nov 7.