The event, which was conceived of by Barbara Jeffries, the inn's assistant director of activities, began with midway games, including bean bag and hula-hoop tosses, mouse trap penny precision game, and tin can putting contest. The games concluded with staff "stretching for doughnuts" with their hands tied behind their back and residents cheering them on.
The event also featured an all-day farmers' market, where people could buy apples, jams, assorted candies, pumpkins and gourds. At lunchtime, residents enjoyed banjo strumming from folk singer Bruce Taylor.
Afternoon festivities included a pie-tasting contest judged by inn residents. With nine entries from families, friends, staff and volunteers and varieties including fudge, pumpkin, cranberry raisin, apple, blueberry, chocolate cream, apple crisp and pecan, Frank Haines of New Canaan was named the winner with his apple raspberry pie.
The afternoon also included a visit from New Canaan Nature Center's newest inhabitants, Pumpkin and Buttercup -- two miniature Nigerian goats. An additional visitor was "Fearghas," a 10-time champion English lop rabbit, whose ears each measure about 8 inches long.
The evening concluded with a dinner of homemade popovers with honey butter, walnut and raspberry salad, roast pork and chicken, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie with rum raisin ice cream for dessert.