WINTERPORT– A Winterport family has found a festive way to honor their loved one while also raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Kurt Forcier and his 3-year-old daughter, Maisie, worked all summer long planting pumpkin seeds to create Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch in honor of his mother-in-law, Carolyn Russell.
Carolyn passed away last October from early-onset Alzheimer’s.
The disease causes people to lose their memory and other mental functions over time.
Carolyn’s daughter, Emerald Forcier, says her mother would love the pumpkin patch their family has created in her memory.
“Kurt and Maisie started this all from scratch. It started with nothing and they rototilled it down. My dad helped, Kurt’s dad helped. I’d like to say many hands make light work, but it was more like a lot of blisters.”
The public can purchase pumpkins by donation from Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch from 9 until noon on Oct. 2 at 157 Holmes St. in Winterport.
Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association and the other fifty percent will be put into a college fund for Carolyn’s granddaughter, Maisie.