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No Scary Scarecrows at Muscoot

SOMERS, N.Y. - Even if you do not have a corn field out back, you may want a scarecrow, especially if you are a child and you have created one yourself.

More than 40 parents and children signed up for Muscoot's Scarecrow-Making Workshop on Saturday and plunged into their task with vigor and imagination. Participants had to bring their own scarecrow attire, but the workshop provided the basics, such as the stuffing and the frame.

Program Coordinator Katherine Sclafani described it as "a great fun family day, even in the rain." Fortunately for the humans and the scarecrows, the workshop was conducted under a tent during the morning's downpour.

Scarecrow designer Chase Reynolds, 3½, is also a member of Muscoot's Little Farmers program. Said his mother, "Here at Muscoot they usually do it right."

Gabriella and Eliana Savelli were stuffing hay along with their mother who said, "We love the farm. We come here two or three times a week."

"We've done this event on and off in the past, but we've just resurrected it," explained Sue Moga, an eleven-year staff veteran and current director. "It's very popular. Today's faces are very creative. It's the face that makes the scarecrow."

Describing the farm, Ms. Moga said, "We have 50 animals in our permanent collection," making Muscoot seem like a museum. "It is a museum," she declared. "It was set up to be a working gentleman's farm, typical of the period from about 1880 to the 1950s."

As an added attraction this month, seven scarecrows have been scattered throughout the farm, in locations where they can be seen but not reached. It's a scavenger hunt, explained Ms. Sclafani, "To celebrate the fall."

The scarecrows will be doing their job throughout the month of October.

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