Scarecrows' role may traditionally be to frighten birds away from scavenging crop fields, but the harvest-season icons assembled Saturday at the Westport Historical Society attracted families for a fun time under brilliant fall skies.
"This town has so many activities," said Elizabeth DeVoll, education director for the historical society. "The kids are so overscheduled. What's lacking?l" she asked herself.
The answer was family time: "Face time with the kids, mommy and daddy. That's how this came together."
"I think it's really cute," said Kristin LaFleur of Westport, assisting her daughter, Nora, 7, as she fashioned her scarecrow.
"Mine's going to be like really fat," she said of her creation, which she planned to name Billy Bob Joe.
"We read about it this morning," said Peter Karacsonyi of Fairfield, who brought the family for the activity.
"I think it's great," said his wife, Juli. "The kids are having a great time."
"My favorite thing to do is art," said Kate Karacsonyi, 7, "so I think it's a really good crafty thing."
"I'm going to name it ... Petunia," she said, "because it's all dressed up in purple."
Families assembled the scarecrows from a range of materials, beginning with a cross of wood and pliable plastic head, along with clothes, props and, of course, straw.
"You have to make it yours," said Alice Siegel, a former art teacher who assisted with the project. "Children are creative, and everybody has an imagination."
For information about future Westport Historical Society programs, check www.westporthistory.org