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Not so scary scarecrows

August 27, 2014   ·   0 Comments

Last year, Shelburne and surrounding area were introduced to Lynn Partridge, a Melancthon resident with a flair for creativity. Retired in the country was a dream accomplished by she and her husband Bill, but as with most artists, for this stained glass artisan and artist, she found she still had energy after her gardening chores were completed. What every garden in the country needs is a Scarecrow. What every artist’s garden in the country needs is Kermit the Frog Scarecrow, Miss Piggy Scarecrow, Charlie Chaplin, and of course what would garden life be with out the old fella’s from the Muppet Show, Statler and Waldorf Scarecrows?
But wait, there’s more. When a person can’t actually be in your garden it is always an absolute must that life size Scarecrow versions of yourself be created. Partridge created Scarecrows in the likeness of she and her husband. Alarming perhaps, if on a Sunday drive, one might notice some people just standing still off in the distance. One could never be prepared for the sight close up which is absolutely delightful!
Last year, Partridge fooled her dogs. As soon as the scarecrows were placed the dogs were on high alert barking at the people in the field. This year, dogs, birds, and people are fooled and amazed. The caliber of Partridge’s skill is worth seeing and definitely worth sharing!
To imagine being this feisty when over seventy years old, talented and full of energy, is a tribute to all seniors who are young at heart. Partridges’ secret to her youthful disposition is simple, “ You have to be happy!” As for onlookers – we’re happy she is happy as we get to share in her wonderful creations.
For a woman outstanding in her field, even as a Scarecrow, this is especially true. The only thing to do now is begin the long wait until next year to see what Partridge’s zest, zeal, tenacity, creativity and absolute talent invents for all to marvel at next year.

By Alex Sher

Lynn Partidge

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