October 23, 2018 // 2:48 PM

Pumpkin Carving at Sycamore Springs

Written by Scott Miller

On an October Saturday at 4pm, on a gorgeous fall afternoon 20 plus people gathered at the Mulberry Commons Building to demonstrate their pumpkin carving skills. After all, it is that time of year. The air was fresh and crisp. The sun darted in-and-out from behind the clouds. It was a perfect day.

The doors to the Commons Building were open so people could move freely between the generous outdoor patio space and the bright, cheery indoor space. The building was filled with the wonderful fragrance of three heavenly soups:  Minestrone, Chicken Corn and Potato—all lovingly prepared and simmering in crock pots.

Outside activity bustled as fourteen pumpkins of various shapes and sizes turned into personal works of art. The only requirement to enter the friendly competition was interest. A comical grinning pumpkin was awarded first place after which people moved inside for soup, homemade bread and the most amazing deserts, all topped off with apple cider, tea and coffee. Friendships were strengthened and one person commented, “I’ve only been here a short while, but I feel like I really belong!”

Community is the “magic” of Sycamore Springs. It’s intentionally reminiscent of the days when neighbors really knew their neighbors and looked out for each other. The idea behind Sycamore Springs is to recreate the days when people felt like they belonged and had a strong sense of place. The pumpkin carving competition is evidence the idea is working.

As it goes with parties there was a lot of laughter, good cheer and interesting conversation. The food was wonderful and it was a good time for all as friends simply got together with friends to enjoy each other’s company.

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