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A visit to the farm

Posted on October 30, 2011

Art, costumery, and design go hand in hand, and the artists, instructors, and volunteers at Creativity Explored recognize the opportunity Halloween-time provides for this sort of creative experimentation.

To kick off this fall season, Visual Art Instructor Mara Poliak organized a CE artist trip to Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay where pumpkins, animals, and visitors abounded. Lemos opened its doors in 1942 and has orchestrated elaborate Halloween festivities for people of all ages to enjoy ever since. I accompanied Mara with CE artists Moses Brown, Walter Kresnik, Melody Lima, and Marcus McClure to take a visit to the farm on October 19, 2011.

It was a crisp and somewhat chilly fall day when we all embarked on our journey. We took the scenic route down Highway 1, driving down through the hills and along the coast passing various pumpkin patches and farms along the way. Once we arrived at Lemos, we were ready to explore and release some of our pent up energy. We weaved amongst rows of pumpkins, past chicken coops and goat farms, observing and taking in the sights and sounds around us. We then all piled into the back of a wagon for a hayride through the complex, which was definitely a highlight of the trip.

After having a leisurely lunch on some picnic tables outside, we got our blood boiling again with a trip to the haunted house. We were all feeling somewhat brave, and opted to walk through the interior maze in the dark, which was actually quite frightening! Moses was kind enough to point out how scared I was – “Wow, you screamed!” To end the day, we chose some pumpkins to bring home with us back to the studio, and piled into the car for the drive back into San Francisco. It was a lovely afternoon journey that ignited the Halloween spirit for us all!



Submitted by Alex Fine, Oberlin College intern (pictured at left).

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