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Whats up in Windsor by Tina Castelli

Scarecrows and Pumpkins
Take Over the Windsor Town Green

Sep 27, 2017
by Tina Castelli


The Windsor Education Foundation will be holding their 13th annual Scarecrow Days between October 21 and November 4, 2017. The Town Green Sycamore Grove will be filled with locally made Scarecrows and fun fall games and photo opportunities. This year’s theme is It’s a Wild & Wacky World of Make Believe. Participants sign up in advance and are responsible for decorating and assembling scarecrows with their own materials. Participants may decorate at home or bring materials and assemble on the Town Green.

Scarecrow installation takes place on October 21 between 11am and 4pm. Scarecrows will be displayed on the Windsor Town Green through November. You can download an application at and submit to Karen Alves by 4pm on Friday, October 20 at

The W.E .Foundation also holds their big Harvest Festival, formerly located at Windsor Creek School and now at the Windsor Town Green on the last Saturday in October, October 28th. This is a popular family event to celebrate the fall season and of course Halloween! There will be creative handmade
carnival games, haunted houses, food, music, and lots of fun. For questions about the 2017 Harvest Festival, contact Jen Rota at Benefit Bar Serving Beer and Wine assisted by the Old Downtown Windsor Merchant Association (all proceeds go to WE Foundation)

The Windsor Farmers Market will be holding their biggest event of the year, the17th Annual Pumpkin Jamboree on Sunday, October 22nd from 10-1. There will be fun games for kids like Pumpkin Bowling, the famous Pumpkin Car Races and Pumpkin Carving and Decorating with the Kidz Dig It Club. The great Giant Pumpkin Show (see details below) and build your own Scarecrow to take home. WHS Culinary students will be there with their annual Bake Sale and the Windsor Garden Club will be holding their Fall Plant Sale. Live music with the 4th St. Jazz Band and free balloon animals with Oops the Clown. As always, Windsor Market events are free and family friendly. There will be Mimosas and Bloody Marys from the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Brunch choices will be available if you would like to eat in the park and the Market will also be full of some of the best local food producers and artists showing their wares. 

Grow a Giant Pumpkin, WIN $500!…during the Annual Pumpkin Jamboree, started by former Windsor Market Manager, Glenda Castelli, in 2001. This year, she challenged Market attendees early in the season to take home seeds from last year’s giants to plant and grow and bring back to display at this year’s event. She offered $500 for the heaviest Pumpkin, $250 for 2nd heaviest and $100 for 3rd heaviest. Unfortunately, the seeds from last year’s giants were somehow damaged in drying and growers reported none of the seeds that were given out germinated and grew. So, Glenda has decided to keep the challenge in place and the prize money will still be awarded to the heaviest pumpkins that arrive at the event on October 22nd, but they no longer have to be from the seeds she originally gave out. So, spread the word, tell everyone you know who is growing pumpkins to work on those big ones for a chance to win $500. INFO: at

Windsor High School Boosters recognize long time Volunteers

On August 22nd, the David & Sherri Kahn Snack Bar was officially dedicated to two beloved Windsor Boosters. David and Sherri joined the WHS Boosters 15 years ago when they moved to Windsor from Southern California. They have seen the Club through many changes with the growth of a brand new High School including a couple snack bar buildings. They eventually received an old modular unit and built a permanent snack bar that can staff 35 and facilitates the football field, including track and field. They also have 2 other snack bars on campus, but this is the main one, preparing and storing foods for all 3.

The Kahn’s Snack Bar is not your average high school snack bar. In addition to what you would expect, candies, drinks and hot dogs, they serve salads, pizzas, pulled pork and tri-tip sliders and nachos and special entrees that change whenever David wants to offer something different. David does the food and Sherri handles all the volunteers, together they work over 50 hours a week. The WHS Boosters donate funds generated from the Snack Bars to all groups at WHS not just sports groups. Sherri said, “Any group who asks us we give to.”    


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