Successful Corn Maze Event Assists Two Walpole Organizations

The Shopper Bellows Falls, Vt. Nov. 2, 2011

Successful Corn Maze Event Assists Two Walpole Organizations
Successful Corn Maze Event Assists Two Walpole Organizations

WALPOLE, NH - The Great River Co-op and The Walpole Players recently hosted a "Halloween/Harvest Celebration" corn maze, mapped out by Walpole farmer Larry Brittan and located in his corn field behind the Tractor Supply Store on Route 12 in Walpole. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from mid-October throughout the end of the month, the two organizations hosted a "kid-friendly" trip through the maze during daylight, while also offering a "scary maze" at night.


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The Walpole Players certainly made the corn field their stage, as children were entertained by a cast of characters amongst the tall corn stalks, including Scoo Be Doo, Cat In The Hat, Cookie Monster, Princess Fiona, Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones to name a few.

The two local organizations created the maze to raise funds which benefit upcoming performances of The Walpole Players, as well as the future home of The Great River Co-op. According to Co-op President Steve Fortier, the event averaged roughly 500 visitors per session, before the snow arrived.

The Great River Co-op is a member-owned organization designed to serve as a leading resource for locally-grown and locally-produced foods with strong, community-based connections.The Co-op plans to lease(or possibly purchase)building space to open the store, and has a goal of obtaining 1,000 members by the end of the year in order to move forward with the project.

The Co-op also recently hired its first staff member, project manager Holly Gowdy from Walpole, who has experiences as a local, organic beef and dairy farmer. her addition wasmade possible by a Minnesota-based food co-op grant, and Gowdy will work closely with the co-op board members in all facets of developing the co-op.

"I was hired in the mid-September and am very excited about the opportunity," Gowdy said in a recent interview.(As of Oct. 30) "We currently have 431 co-op members that have raised over $17,000 towards development, and we are continuing to move forward towards our goal of 1,000 members. I also have a few fundraising ideas that will be presented to the Board of Directors at the next board meeting, which will be held on Monday."

Anyone interested in learning more about, or becoming a member of the Great River Co-op, visit thei rweb site at www.greatriverfoodcoop.com. For more information about The Walpole Players, contact Costume Ladies at www.costumeladies.com or call 603.756.3113.