Halloween may still be in the wings for many of you, but here at Dahlem we celebrated this last weekend at our annual Goblin Walks! We were so happy that the weather cleared, with the rain holding off and the wind dying down…although it was brisk under those star-lit skies!
Over 550 visitors came out this year – a new record! And, another new record was the number of pumpkins our friends and volunteers helped us carve to light the trail: over 300!
Here’s what it was like walking down the pumpkin-lit trail:
This year we had five not-so-scarey nature-themed skits along the trail: Bear, Raccoon and Chipmunk (how animals survive the winter); Scarecrow, Raven and Crow (migration); Robins in the Hood (a hip-hop look at how robins forage); Baby Owls (owl biology and physiology); and, of course, the ever-popular Roadkill Cafe, starring Turkey Vulture and Opossum.
After the last skit, visitors walk to the Pavilion where the Friends of Dahlem serve cider (hot and cold), coffee (hot) and donuts, while a singer/storyteller entertains. There is also a toasty warm fire going at the fire pit, where folks can warm up.
If you missed Goblin Walks this year, be sure to sign up early next year. We start taking reservations in September, and they go fast! Usually by early October the only spaces available are after 8:00 on Friday and Saturday nights. If you wait to call the week before, you will likely be placed on a waiting list. So, plan ahead – we hope to see you for Goblin Walks 2014!