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WRITER: ARIANNE NARDO
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Oct. 15, 1999

Public invited to IWC pumpkin carving party Oct. 18

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Pumpkins will be grinning, scowling and laughing with wide, jagged mouths and bright flickering insides, at the International Women's Club (IWC) Pumpkin Carving party Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church, 405 Myrtle Ave, Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.

The IWC is a group of women from around the world, who gather regularly to share activities that promote friendship and understanding. Members include both U.S. and international women.

It's a bring-your-own-pumpkin celebration, as IWC members and their families are encouraged to come in costume and use Halloween creativity to make their pumpkins come to life.

"This is especially exciting for those who don't celebrate this holiday in their home countries," said Joanne Madsen, IWC treasurer and executive committee member. "Working with those slimy, slippery seeds is something new."

In addition to sculpting pumpkin pulp into art, participants can enjoy a brief history lesson about the origins of All Hallow's Eve. Shelagh Hayreh, a native of Scotland will pay homage to Celtic tradition by transforming a turnip into a Jack-o-Lantern.

"When I was a child, we would go out to the neighbors on Halloween and sing or dance, or recite a poem, and we would get apples, nuts or pennies," Hayreh said, "We called it 'guising,' from the word disguise."

For more information about this event, call Mary Boes at 354-3753.