Wednesday, October 19, 2011

UWG Invites the Community to its Annual Halloween and Art Celebrations

The University of West Georgia invites visitors to campus for Halloween pumpkins, treats, art and fairy tales.

On Friday, Oct. 28, visitors will be able to carve their pumpkins, compete for prizes and then enjoy Halloween fun in a safe environment.

Safe Treat, a decade-long campus tradition, offers children, ages two to 12, in the local community a safe place to trick-or-treat. This year there will be carnival-style games, candy and giveaways for children. Dozens of student organizations work together to put on the event, said Dawn Palmer, assistant director for residence life.

Safe Treat begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m.

“This is probably the only event that brings this many student organization at once to offer something for the Carrollton Community,” Palmer said.

Carve on the Quad returns to campus for its fourth year. Community members are invited to join UWG art students, who will be carving on the Academic Quad from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors to campus are asked to bring their own pumpkins and tools. There will be awards and prizes.

Carve on the Quad began as a small affair on Adamson Square in 2005 -- nine of Clint Samples art students carved pumpkins for an extra credit project, which were put on display. As the event grew, the carving was brought to campus. Last year, participants carved 175 pumpkins.

“It was the biggest we had,” said Samples, an associate professor of art. Organizers hope even more families come out this year.

As the sky darkens, Art Incend a weeklong celebration of creativity comes to a close. Visitors will be treated to a traditional iron pour – where molten iron is poured into sand molds for art students’ projects. Also, students will be tending the anagama kiln, a centuries-old Japanese method of firing ceramics.

These events are free and open to public. Visitors are asked to dress appropriately for the weather.

For more information contact the UWG Department of Art at 678-839-6521.

The Association of Residence Hall Councils sponsors Safe Treat. Carve on the Quad is sponsored by: Mandeville Lofts; Carroll Realty and Insurance; Underground Books; Corner Café; and Garrett Moulding.

Also happening on the UWG campus starting Tuesday, Oct. 25 and continuing Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the “Not So Scary Fairy Tales: Featuring Tales of the Arabian Nights” at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. “Fairy Tales” combines aspects of live theater with a twisting and turning maze that will delight the child in all of us. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sponsored by Chester and Faye Gibson.

Tickets: $5 All Adults, $3 Children. For more information call the Townsend at 678-839-4722.

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