All good things must come to an end. That’s what they say at least. And while I think that’s true, I think the end of one good thing is the beginning of another. The time has come to fell our “Enchanted Forest” and plant a new one. And don’t worry, our #1 priority is ensuring we have a place to hanging seasonal decorations from.
Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium hosts its annual free Great Pumpkin Party Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon-4 p.m. More than 500 pumpkins will be available for children to paint and take home free-of-charge.
Every year without fail I get cozy on my couch and browse Oprah’s list of favorite things. I’m hoping to find something exciting, or at least useful, to fulfill my loved ones’ Christmas lists. Then an epiphany came to me last Tuesday afternoon as I sat at my desk drinking a cup of afternoon coffee: If Oprah can have a list of her favorite things, so can we!
Mister Ed’s has a long history of great events, dating back to our founding in 1975. But for more than two-and-a-half decades, we took a hiatus from events until the third generation reinvigorated the special tradition. Read more about our events, including tomorrow’s Great Pumpkin Party.
I can still remember riding my little red tricycle around, and around, and around its huge trunk, shaded by its generous canopy. I can see my grandparent’s dog, Sam, who had the most soulful, big brown eyes, loosely chained to its trunk, watching as her people cleaned blue and white striped tents, blue crates, and black carpets in the clearing. Forever dusted in peanut debris, whether from the antique roasters that spin jumbos over open flame, eroding brown shells into fine particles of dust; or from the pitter patter of chipmunk and squirrel feet as they carry discarded shells to and fro on its branches.
It’s peanut day at Mister Ed’s! Each Thursday we roast at least five or six small batches of our Virginia jumbo peanuts in our Peanut Roastery, a small shed just outside the store’s back door. Thursdays are a real treat to stroll our grounds, because there are few things better than the smell of good nuts roasting.
Mother Nature has forced our hand, and there’s no way we’ll be able to hold Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Party, as scheduled. But we do have a new plan for a “Huntless Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza,” where kids of all ages can get in on the fun of an egg hunt (the sugar coma, the fun prizes), without having to race to gather eggs.