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Don't be scared: Try scarecrow-making at historical society

Published 5:13 pm, Friday, September 13, 2013
  • If he only had a brain ... but this scarecrow looks pretty pleased with his two pumpkins on Sniffen Road last October. Make your own scarecrow this year at a Sept. 28 workshop at the Westport Historical Society. Photo: File Photo / Westport News
    If he only had a brain ... but this scarecrow looks pretty pleased with his two pumpkins on Sniffen Road last October. Make your own scarecrow this year at a Sept. 28 workshop at the Westport Historical Society. Photo: File Photo

 

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Kids will not only make scarecrows, they'll learn about them, at a Westport Historical Society family workshop. Children should bring some favorite pieces of old clothing -- hats, shirts, slacks -- on Saturday, Sept. 28, for a fall scarecrow-making party.

The society will provide the materials, including garden stakes, straw stuffing, old clothes and hats for the event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Kids and parents will also learn some fun facts, such as in England scarecrows are called "hay men," in Scotland they are "tattie bogle," and in Malaysia scarecrows are known as "orang-orang."

The party at the historical society, 25 Avery Place, will include a discussion of Westport's rich farming history and how during the mid-1800s Westport became a major onion-growing center.

The cost is $25 per family for members, $35 for non-members. Registration is required. To register, call 203-222-1424. For more information visit www.westporthistory.org