Another Goblin Walk, Come and Gone
We love it when visitors come in costume!
One family came with everyone dressed as a character from the Wizard of Oz!
Gallery of pumpkins:
These pumpkins line the path down which the guides lead their groups. Along the way, the groups stop at several locations to watch a skit (each with its own song, too). These skits, each dispelling the misunderstandings of various animals, are put on by a large cast of volunteers made up from local teachers and students, and their friends. Many thanks to Dahlem volunteer Kathy Shaw for putting it all together every year! This year we had five skits: Bear and Raccoon (what it means to be an omnivore);
Robins in the ‘Hood (migration and what it means to be a robin);
They sing a rap song about migration, but I was unable to capture any good audio on it.
the Mariachi Moose Montage (new this year – all about moose and their relationships with wolves and people);
By now it was so dark that photography without a flash was impossible…and these actors did not want any flashes. So, you’ll have to picture the turkey vulture and chef in your head as they do their skit.
After the Roadkill Cafe, visitors head to the pavilion, where the Friends of Dahlem await them with cider (hot or cold) and donuts.
There’s also a rip-roarin’ good fire going at the fire pit, where folks who are chilled can have a seat and defrost. We were actually very lucky with the weather this year – couldn’t have been more perfect!
One of our camp staff leads songs and tells stories at the pavilion while guests enjoy their treats before heading down the last pumpkin-lined path and make their way back home.
We had a record number of visitors this year: over 300 each night! Each performer had to do 10 shows each night. But they did a bang up job, no one went home with laryngitis, and all our visitors had a good time.
Did you miss Goblin Walks this year? Don’t despair – there’s always 2015! We start taking reservations in September, and, as we always tell folks, it fills up fast, so don’t wait until the last moment to reserve your spot!