Friday, September 17, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Trolley Event Coming Soon

Seashore Trolley Museum will host its twelfth annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley event over the weekends: Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 2-3 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is one of most anticipated in the community as it features a free pumpkin with each paid admission.
Pumpkin Patch passengers are transported to Meserve’s Crossing on one of the Museum’s authentic antique streetcars. After disembarking from the platform, passengers pick pumpkins from an adjacent field (at no charge beyond the regular admission fee). Children may choose to decorate their pumpkins with paints supplied by the Museum.
The pumpkins are then “checked” with Museum volunteers and transported back to the Museum Visitor Center. Pumpkin Patch passengers then choose between completing their round-trip ride and returning to the Museum campus to continue visiting the Museum’s exhibit barns, restoration shop, exhibit gallery, and Museum store. At the end of their museum experience, Pumpkin Patch visitors may match their claim check ticket to their pumpkins prior to leaving the Museum with their orange commodity. During rainy days, pumpkins and related activities are held in an exhibit barn and/or under a tent.
Pumpkin Patch Trolley has become a tradition for many local families. Riding a trolley on a crisp fall day, experiencing public transportation history, and picking the first pumpkin of the year add up to a great start to the upcoming Halloween season.
Kennebunk Savings is the proud sponsor of this event.
This year there is an additional treat for Pumpkin Patch visitors. A new exhibit titled “A Seat for Everyone” is being introduced. From our “History in Motion: Discovering History and Science through Public Transportation,” exhibit programming, this new exhibit focuses upon the Civil Rights chapter of transportation history. Visitors enter the interior of a 1964 Washington, DC bus and view student-produced art panels that express the artists’ feelings on the subject.
Kennebunk Savings and VIP Tour & Charter Bus Company are the proud sponsors of the exhibit.
Seashore Trolley Museum’s regular operating hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day and then weekends only until the end of October.
Regular admission: Adults - $8; Children 6 to 16: $5.50; Seniors; $6; Children under 5 – Free. Admission includes unlimited railway rides. Last trolley ride leaves at 4:15 p.m.
Photo caption: Kids decorate their pumpkins at the Seashore Trolley Museum’s annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley event. (Courtesy photo)