03 Nov Halloween Monster Jam Blog
Last Sunday we held our First Annual Halloween Monster Jam at Hickory Nut Forest. We could not have picked a more beautiful day – bright sunny skies, mild temperatures, colorful fall leaves and a slight breeze.
M.o.n.s.t.e.r. stands for mountain music, organic foods, natural building/permaculture, sustainability, treasure hunt, eco-friendly and renewable energy – all components of our eco-community vision. With bluegrass music playing in the background, people dropped in all day long to press apple cider, eat pumpkin pies and dip caramel and peanut butter apple slices.
For the kids, there were buried treasures on the trails in the woods. We put colorful balloons tied to small paper bags of candy and hid them at the waterfall, the big cliff, the orchard and the gristmill ruins. Adults also enjoyed the treasure hunt, hiking on the three miles of trails that wander through the forest and along the creek.
Old friends got a chance to see each other and lots of new friendships were made as well. We had prizes for the Halloween costumes, which included a pirate, Paul Revere, Johnny Appleseed and the Forest Goddess. The pumpkin carvers made some unique and creative works of art.
All in all it was a great day with lots of laughter, and an opportunity for a lot of people to come out and discover the amazing beauty and wonder of Hickory Nut Gorge. For more information about our next event in November or about the Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community go to www.HickoryNutForest.com. Hope to see you next month for a hike up the gorge!