WRITER: ARIANNE NARDO
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 15, 1999
Public invited to IWC pumpkin carving party Oct. 18
IOWA CITY, Iowa Pumpkins will be grinning,
scowling and laughing with wide, jagged mouths and bright flickering insides,
at the International Women's Club (IWC) Pumpkin Carving party Monday, Oct.
18 at 7 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church, 405 Myrtle Ave, Iowa City. The
event is free and open to the public.
The IWC is a group of women from around the world,
who gather regularly to share activities that promote friendship and understanding.
Members include both U.S. and international women.
It's a bring-your-own-pumpkin celebration, as IWC
members and their families are encouraged to come in costume and use Halloween
creativity to make their pumpkins come to life.
"This is especially exciting for those who don't celebrate
this holiday in their home countries," said Joanne Madsen, IWC treasurer and
executive committee member. "Working with those slimy, slippery seeds is something
In addition to sculpting pumpkin pulp into art, participants
can enjoy a brief history lesson about the origins of All Hallow's Eve. Shelagh
Hayreh, a native of Scotland will pay homage to Celtic tradition by transforming
a turnip into a Jack-o-Lantern.
"When I was a child, we would go out to the neighbors
on Halloween and sing or dance, or recite a poem, and we would get apples,
nuts or pennies," Hayreh said, "We called it 'guising,' from the word disguise."
For more information about this event, call Mary Boes