Rochester HillsOctober 15, 2013
History and Halloween merge at museum
By Linda Shepard
C & G Staff Writer
ROCHESTER HILLS — For the past nine years, the McPherson family has attended the Stone Wall Pumpkin festival at the Rochester Hills Museum.
“It’s been a family tradition,” Randy McPherson, of Rochester Hills, said. “We love it. We came last year in the rain; we wouldn’t miss this.”
McPherson, wife Christine and daughter Isabella, 10, carved pumpkins with a crowd at the festival Oct. 12. In addition to pumpkin picking and carving, the festival featured lots of fall activities, including a pioneer playground, music, food, crafts, hayrides and an evening pumpkin lighting.
Entertainment included Joe Tacey’s Spooktacular Comedy Show, the Guy Louis Family Concert, the Stoney Creek High School drum line and a reading by author Laura Cassar of her book, “Night of 1,000 Pumpkins,” based on the event.
“We have the book,” Randy McPherson said. “I read it to Isabella when she was 2 years old.”
Isabella McPherson carved a tribute to her favorite band, One Direction, in her pumpkin.
“Carving is fun,” she said.
“I’m thinking of getting another kid so I can do this forever,” Christine McPherson said.
Nancy Colbert, of Rochester Hills, enjoyed her first pumpkin festival at the museum.
“I enjoyed looking at all the children,” Colbert said. “All the activities and displays and seeing how much fun all the children had. They were so intent on their sewing, carving their pumpkin or pumpkin bowling.”
The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is a complex of historical buildings located in historic Stoney Creek Village. The museum celebrates five generations of the Taylor-Van Hoosen families and the lives of the family members.
Museum buildings include the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse, the 1850 Red House, the 1927 Dairy Barn and the 1848 Schoolhouse. In addition, the museum is surrounded by 16 acres of gardens and grounds and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information about the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, visit www.rochesterhills.org.
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