The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host its annual Stonewall Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 9 from 10-4 p.m. The major sponsor for this event is Genisys Credit Union. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and then to place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property. After the evening lighting, guests can take their pumpkin home. The Museum is hoping to exceed the 1,011 pumpkins lit last year! During the day, activities include make-and-take art projects with the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, a children’s garden craft, hayrides, kid’s games sponsored by the Rochester-Avon Recreation Authority, music, food, a hay jump, tattoo station, and face painting. At 12:00, 1:00, and 3:00 p.m. Laura Cassar will read her children’s book Night of 1,000 Pumpkin, based on this event. Admission to the pumpkin Festival is $ 7 per person and includes a pumpkin. Kids 2 and under are free. The Museum will provide stencils and carving tools, however guests are encouraged to bring their own carving tools from home.
Evening lighting of the pumpkins runs from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and requested admission is one can of food or gently used gloves and hats for the Rochester Neighborhood House.
The Rochester Hills Museum is a 16 acre complex listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes the 1927 Van Hoosen Dairy Barn, 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse, 1850 Red House and 16 acres of grounds and gardens. The Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road. Due to bridge construction, guests must access the Museum from Dequindre Road and head west on Runyon Road one mile. Check out the Museum website for a detour map at www.rochesterhills.org/museum.htm. For questions contact 248.656.4663.