A perfectly crisp fall day and a bright blue sky were the perfect setting to jog our memories back to those good old days, when making your own scarecrow, painting your own pumpkin, hay and pony rides were the norm. This fun-filled family day was presented by Saugatuck Nursery School on Saturday and brought our community together in an old-fashioned way.

Local businesses helped sponsor the event; Melissa and Doug Toys provided our bounce house and pony rides and donated brand new toys for three of our classrooms. DDHL Partners added to the mix with a lovely cash donation. Stew Leonard's even discounted our pumpkins. Ken Lozyniak drove the vintage tractor, supplied by Kowalsky Brothers, all day for the hay ride. John's Best Pizza deeply discounted the yummy pizza to fill our tummies. Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios provided martial arts demonstrations and donated free lessons. The Staples Service Lerague of Boys gave up their Saturday to help set up and man the activity booths along with all of our parents. D.J. and parent, Anna Zap from 95.9 The Fox plugged our event and even arranged for the promotional vehicle to attend.

This last year has beena challenge for both Saugatuck Nursery School and the Church after the devastating fire last November. Even though temporary relocations have put us in different locations, we are forging ahead with the anticipation of returning and reuniting after the rebuild in the next 18 to 24 months.

The parents of Saugatuck Nursery School, the Board of Directors and the community members who donated their time, effort and talents brought back a day to just enjoy the outdoors with family, friends old and new, for wholesome autumn fun.

Having grown up in Westport, it tickles my heart to slow things down a little and remember what childhood memories should be about.

Ellen De Huff, director

Saugatuck Nursery School

Westport