Parish pumpkin patch open for business

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The huge pumpkin patch – containing about 1,300 gourds, ranging from grandiose in size to ghoulishly green in appearance – at St. Marks Episcopal Church on West Shore Road in Warwick is now open for the sixth consecutive year to all curious onlookers, regardless of your choice of faith or personal preference in pumpkins. The pumpkins are shipped from a Native American preserve in New Mexico and measured by circumference rather than weight, so the most expensive pumpkin on the grassy infield of the church costs only $30.

Proceeds mostly go to the church for future functions, such as its annual Harvest Fest on Oct. 21, but 10 percent of the proceeds go to the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center to provide aid to victims of spousal abuse.

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