Weekend Coffee Share

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Little Freddie Kruger
Little Chainsaw Murderer

Friday I found out that I’ll be working at my village hall as an Early Voting judge for the next few weeks. It’s long hours (7:30 am – 7:30 pm) from today till Nov. 2nd. Then on the 3rd, Election Day, I’ll work somewhere else from 5 am till 8:30 pm or so. I’m lucky that the Census ended when it did.

After the election, I’ll be unemployed and looking for something new.

I got to see another classic film, Man of the World with William Powell of The Thin Man fame and Carole Lombard. I give it a thumbs up.

Jack o’Lanterns

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Stories that will Haunt You

Of course, I returned to the Chicago Botanic Garden for their Night of 1,000 Jack o’Lanterns and here are a few of the masterpieces I saw.

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Orange

Browsing Cee’s blog to prepare for her Fun Foto challenge, I saw that Debbie of Travel with Intent has a one word challenge and this week it’s orange. I’m a bit late, but will participate on time in the future.

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Howlin Wolf

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Nat King Cole

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Common

 

Night of 1,000 Jack o’Lanterns

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From Night of 1,000 Jack o’Lanterns

This weekend from Thursday through Sunday the Chicago Botanic Garden is holding the Night of 1,000 Jack o’Lanterns. I got tickets in advance which turned out to be essential since it’s sold out for all days.

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The event is well planned. Our time to enter was 7:45 pm and though we arrived at the gardens on time the line to enter was long, so we should have come earlier. After parking, and we lucked out that they directed traffic so well that we must have hit the period when those who came at 5:30 had all left so we got to park in the lot nearest the visitors’ center. After entering we found long lines, but they moved swiftly.

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Sea Monster

Once inside we were delighted by Halloween music and dozens of jack o’lanterns, large and small. Well, huge and mid-size is more accurate. The “small” jack o’lanterns were the size most families buy and the big ones were perhaps 3 feet high. The jumbo ones were carved by artists and were grouped by themes. Themes included musicians, Chicago sports, Flora of Illinois, Fairy Tales, and Classic Halloween.

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After about an hour we reached a fork in the paths. One side led to the exit and the other to the model train exhibit. Though I’ve seen the model train exhibit, which consists of models of American sites like the French Quarter in New Orleans, the Hollywood sign or Wrigley’s Field, we decided to go again. I’m so glad we did. They’d decked out the buildings made of twigs and the trains with ghosts, goblins, witches, pumpkins and such.

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Then after exiting the model train exhibit we got to see two more themes of jack o’lanterns: Fairy Tales and Classic Halloween.

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Tickets are sold out. For members they were $12 and for non-members $14.

Parking for members is free and it costs $25 for non-members.