Lord’s Diner hosts pumpkin patch

Hanging on to a bag of popcorn, one visitor to The Lord’s Diner Pumpkin Patch Friday, Oct. 28, had to reach for his choice. Brief slide show at YouTube.com/DioceseOfWichita. (Advance photo)



Charlie Brown’s friend, Linus, didn’t see the Great Pumpkin rise out of The Lord’s Diner location at 2825 S. Hillside in Wichita, but those visiting did receive gifts.

Emily Thome, the director of The Lord’s Diner, said the south location’s community garden was transformed into a pumpkin patch Thursday, Oct. 27.

“We made it look like a real pumpkin patch,” she said. “with hay and pumpkins in the garden beds.”

A frost killed plants that Diner employees and volunteers hoped would grow into the huge orange fruits so they reached out for donations and received a generous number of pumpkins from Jirak Brothers Produce, Costco, and the Goddard Walmart.

“Each child was able to pick out a pumpkin,” she said. Apple cider and popcorn were served to those visiting the patch and each child went home with a bag of candy. Donated Halloween costumes were also available for children who needed one.

Leftover pumpkins, treats, and costumes were given away the next day at the Diner’s downtown location at Broadway and Central.