Putnam celebrates the pumpkin!

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
The Corey family and friends came from California, New York and Connecticut.
The Corey family and friends came from California, New York and Connecticut.

Putnam hosted more than 5,000 visitors to its Great Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 20. The city opened its doors and hearts to the waves of passengers stepping off the Worcester-Providence train after the 90-minute train ride from Worcester. Public parking lots were full by 10 a.m. From Main Street to Canal Street, the streets were taken over by pedestrians.

Sponsored by the Putnam Business Association and the Putnam Recreation Department, the festival showcased all things pumpkin-related. Just as importantly, it gave everyone an excuse to spend the day outside.

Children waited in lines to have their faces painted. They colored sidewalks while adults shopped or listened to live music. “It’s all about bringing the community together,” said Festival Chair Karen Osbrey, “and to celebrate the pumpkin.”

At the Empty Spaces Gallery, everyone was invited to try their hand at sculpting a clay creation. Clara Costabile said eight children had come in to work on the head sitting in the front window.

Corinne Worden and Melissa Jensen kept busy with customers at The Arc Emporium. “People have been buying a little bit of everything because we carry a little bit of everything,” Jensen said. Halloween displays were out, but so were Christmas items, gently-used clothes and household items.

Members of the Corey family gathered around a table at Bella’s. Some had traveled from California and New York for the weekend. “We love it,” Michaela Corey said.

Frank Crosetti was happy that the city had closed the roads for more important things than traffic. “We love this town,” he said. “It has real community spirit.”

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