4 reasons to visit Niagara Falls while attending ESL school in Canada

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Niagara Falls is one of the most famous natural wonders in Canada. If you study English in London, Ontario you’ll be just two hours away from this must-see sight. Of course, the main reason for visiting Niagara Falls is to see the incredible waterfalls themselves. But did you know there are actually many other attractions nearby that are also worth a visit?

Visiting Niagara Falls is a highlight for countless people who come to study English in Canada. It is also a fantastic opportunity to spend a fun-filled day with friends and classmates. You’ll get to see an amazing natural attraction and even practice your English language skills while you’re at it.

1. Practice your English language skills with a boat cruise to the falls

For a truly unforgettable way to see the falls, take one of the boat cruises available. The most popular Niagara Falls boat cruise is the Maid of the Mist, which departs from the U.S. side. However, there is another cruise called the Hornblower that leaves from the Canadian side. Both cruises take you past the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls: the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. Because these are guided tours, they are a great opportunity to test the skills you learn in your intensive English program. You’ll get really close to the falls and you will definitely get wet, so make sure your camera is waterproof!

2. Stay past dark to see fireworks and the illumination of the falls

You may be surprised to know that for many people the best time to see the falls is not during the day, but at night. That’s because as soon as the sun sets, the waterfalls are lit up in different colours using incredibly powerful LED lights. Different colours of lights are used to mark special occasions or to promote worthy causes. This light show is an incredible sight that occurs every night of the year. Even better, from mid-June to September there is a nightly fireworks show above the waterfalls.

The falls are lit up with lights and fireworks every night during the summer
The falls are lit up with lights and fireworks every night during the summer

3. Join your ESL classmates for a day of thrills at Clifton Hill

One of the most popular attractions in Niagara Falls is called Clifton Hill. Clifton Hill is a street lined with a lot of fun and even bizarre attractions, such as wax museums, haunted houses, video arcades, a Guinness World Records Museum, and miniature golf courses. Clifton Hill is an entertaining place to visit with friends and classmates from your ESL school in Canada. Many of the buildings have very outlandish architecture and the street is often compared to Las Vegas. In the middle of Clifton Hill is the Niagara SkyWheel, which is a giant Ferris wheel offering spectacular views of the falls.

Clifton Hill is a great place to enjoy fun attractions such as haunted houses and a Ferris wheel
Clifton Hill is a great place to enjoy fun attractions such as haunted houses and a Ferris wheel

4. Take a look behind Niagara Falls during your intensive English program

Another inspiring way to see the famous waterfalls is by visiting Journey Behind the Falls. This attraction takes you down an elevator into a network of tunnels that have been carved into the rock behind Niagara Falls. From these tunnels you get to see behind the waterfalls and really feel how powerful they are. There is also an outdoor observation deck located at the bottom of the falls that is great for photo opportunities.

Do you want to study English as a second language in Canada?

Contact CultureWorks today to learn about our programs!

4 Unusual Ottawa Attractions to Visit When You Study ESL for Carleton University

Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, has many fun unique things to do while you study English!
Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, has many fun unique things to do while you study English!

If you’re taking ESL courses because you want to attend Carleton University, you will have plenty of chances to explore Canada’s fun capital city of Ottawa. After you’ve seen all the usual attractions like the Parliament Buildings and Rideau Canal, you might be looking for something even more unique to do with your new international friends.

So gather your new classmates and discover these four unusual attractions in Ottawa. What’s the best part? You can practice your English while you visit them!

1. Visit the Diefenbunker During Your ESL for Carleton University Studies

The Diefenbunker is a safety bunker that was built from 1959 to 1961 during the Cold War. Canada’s Prime Minister at the time, John Diefenbaker, built the bunker in order to protect the government in case Canada came under attack. The bunker is 75 feet underground with four floors. It could have held over 500 people for 30 days in case something bad happened to Canada’s capital city.

Fortunately, the bunker never had to be put to the test and Canada is very safe. The underground building was declared a National Heritage Site in 1994 and is now an interesting museum you can visit. You can practice your English listening skills by taking a tour of the bunker and learning about its interesting history. The Deifenbunker even has special events like zombie adventures and escape room challenges for advanced ESL students to try while they study in Ottawa!

Tour the Diefenbunker and learn about history while you’re studying in Canada
Tour the Diefenbunker and learn about history while you’re studying in Canada

2. See Horses and Mounties at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stable

Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police—also called Mounties—are famous for their red jackets, yellow striped pants, and wide-brimmed hats. They are most known for riding horses. You can discover the RCMP and their horses for yourself by visiting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stable when you take English for academic purposes courses. Guided tours are available all year long, and (if you’re lucky!) you may even catch the Canadian Mounties during their Musical Ride practices.

Visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Horse Stable with your friends
Visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Horse Stable with your friends

3. Take a Tour of the Old County Jail When You Study ESL for Carleton University

Join The Haunted Walk’s Crime and Punishment Jail Tour to walk the hallways of one of Ottawa’s first jails. Your tour guide will tell you about what life was like for prisoners. You will even get to see their cells!

You will have plenty of opportunity to practice the English skills you’ve gained during your ESL for Carleton university studies. For example, you may practice your listening skills as your tour guide talks about the history of the Old Carleton County Jail. You can even read brochures about the jail while you’re there to practice your reading skills.

4. Explore the Beautiful Victorian Central Experimental Farm that Surrounds Ottawa

Not far from Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court is a beautiful working farm. The Central Experimental Farm is a research station for Canada’s Department of Agriculture. The government uses the land to conduct research on gene expression and biodiversity in crops.

You can visit the farm with your friends to see what beautiful Canadian farms have to offer. During your visit you can see attractions such as the Ornamental Gardens, Fletcher Wildlife Garden, and the heritage buildings. Practice speaking English with your friends by naming the plants and animals you encounter!

Are you interested in studying English as a second language for Carleton University?

Contact CultureWorks today to learn how you can get started!

Local Activities for Students Taking English Courses for Brescia College, Western University, and King’s University College

CultureWorks students have fun at Victoria Park in London, Ontario
CultureWorks students have fun at Victoria Park in London, Ontario

Would you like to go to college in a fun Canadian city? The right English as a second language (ESL) program can help you get there! ESL courses with CultureWorks can prepare you to attend many different colleges such as Brescia University College, Western University, and King’s University College.

These universities are all located in London, Ontario. London is a great city with beautiful places and many fun activities to try while you complete your studies.

Try these activities if you decide to study ESL with CultureWorks in London, Ontario.

Students in English for Academic Purposes Courses Relax in Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a large and beautiful nature space located right in the middle of London. Students preparing to study at Brescia University College, Western University, or King’s University College (and students who have completed CultureWorks and been accepted at one of these colleges) love to visit Victoria Park.

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CultureWorks students enjoy the outdoors in London, Ontario

The park is a perfect place to study, relax, and enjoy the sunshine. It also hosts music concerts and arts festivals you can see throughout your studies! When you study in London, visit Victoria Park with your new international friends and have some fun.

ESL Students Visit Museums of Archeology, Aerospace, and Art!

If you study at CultureWorks, you will learn both inside and outside the classroom as you go on trips throughout the city and enjoy many local activities. For example, you might learn about Canadian history at great museums in London!

ESL students studying at the CultureWorks campus in London can take organized trips to museums and see real Canadian art and artifacts. They can visit Museum London to see amazing Canadian artwork, or even the Museum of Ontario Archeology to see how Canadians lived hundreds of years ago. Or, for students passionate about technology, the Jet Aircraft Museum or Warplane Heritage Museum might be the perfect opportunity to learn about planes and technology from Canada’s past.

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CultureWorks students at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

ESL Students in London Try Fresh Food at London Farmer’s Market

Want to try fresh Canadian food? Want to meet real Canadian farmers? Students taking English courses for Brescia College, King’s University College, and Western University can go to the Farmer’s Market in London to find fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Ontario.

The foods at the market change with the seasons: try cherries in the summer, or pumpkins in the autumn. Students can also practice English by speaking with farmers and locals who visit the market.

Students in English for Academic Purposes Courses Watch Professional Sports

Do you love sports like basketball and baseball? How about hockey, a Canadian favourite? If you enjoy catching a sports game, then you might want to visit London’s biggest sports centre while you complete your English for academic purposes courses!

CultureWorks students and teachers cheer for the Blue Jays baseball team
CultureWorks students and teachers cheer for the Blue Jays baseball team

The John Labatt Centre is just 15 minutes from the CultureWorks campus in London. London’s big sports games all happen here. Watch baseball at the Labatt Centre park, see the London Knights hockey team at the Labatt Centre arena, and even catch visiting Canadian teams like the famous Toronto Maple Leafs!

There is so much for ESL students to see, learn, and try in London, Ontario!

Do you want to improve your English as a second language for Brescia College, King’s University College, or Western University?

Have fun in London with us! Visit CultureWorks to get started.

5 Day Trips You Might Take When You Attend ESL School in Canada

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CultureWorks students go indoor rock-climbing in Ottawa

There are many trips and activities you can try when you take English courses in Canada.

If you become an English as a second language (ESL) student here, you will not only improve your English skills—you will also enjoy a fun learning environment with many chances for adventure!

ESL students taking CultureWorks English courses go on exciting day trips (day-long visits to great locations and places for activities) with their new international friends.

Here are five day trips you can take if you study with us.

1. Climb to the Top: ESL Students Can Visit Fun Adventure Centres

In the summer, most of Canada is sunny and warm. This beautiful weather is perfect for day trips to adventure activity centres in cities like Ottawa and London, Ontario.

Brave students try rock-climbing, hiking, zip lining, go-kart racing, and more. These activities can be a nice break from your ESL studies, and a great opportunity to take some pictures.

2. You Can Visit Toronto While You Study at a Canadian ESL School

Did you know that Toronto is the biggest city in Canada? Toronto is also one of the most diverse cities in the world, full of 2.8 million people from many different cultures.

ESL students can see skyscrapers and other big landmarks in Toronto
ESL students can see skyscrapers and other big landmarks in Toronto

In Toronto, ESL students can see:

  • The CN Tower
  • Ripley’s Aquarium
  • The Art Gallery of Ontario
  • The Royal Ontario Museum (or “ROM”)
  • Sports teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey), Toronto Raptors (basketball), and Toronto Blue Jays (baseball)

That is why many students in ESL school choose to take CultureWorks’ day trip to this great city!

3. Winter Fun at ESL School: Go Ice Skating, Skiing, or Snowboarding!

Most Canadian places are only snowy in winter—but when winter comes, we are always ready to enjoy it!
Can you ski? Do you want to go tobogganing (also called sledding)? If you take ESL courses at CultureWorks in the winter, you can choose to try these activities on winter sport day trips.

In winter, CultureWorks students go snow-tubing in London, Ontario
In winter, CultureWorks students go snow-tubing in London, Ontario

4. Students ‘Go Wild’ at African Lion Safari, a Great Canadian Zoo

You can find very beautiful local animals native to Canada, like monarch butterflies and Blue Jays (the birds Toronto’s baseball team is named after!). But while you study in Canada, you can also see animals like lions, tigers, giraffes, monkeys, and elephants in Canadian zoos.

One of Canada’s best zoos is the African Lion Safari. ESL students at CultureWorks always enjoy seeing the wild animals on our African Lion Safari day trip. If you love animals, this is the perfect day trip for you!

5. Visit Niagara Falls When You Study English in Canada

If you take an English as a second language program here in Canada, you must not forget to see Niagara Falls!

These amazing waterfalls are one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World.’ They are located at the border of Canada and the USA, and host over 25 million tourists every year. That is because people from all over the world know that this is a very special place. Don’t miss it!

CultureWorks students get wet at the base of Niagara Falls
CultureWorks students get wet at the base of Niagara Falls

Are you ready to study English in Canada?

Visit CultureWorks to get started.

Get on the ‘Fast Track’ to Carleton University: Complete Your Intensive 6 Week ESL Training Program!

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Are you ready to move to Canada to start your university education? You definitely have a lot to look forward to! Not only are Canadian university degrees recognized all over the world, but during your studies, you’ll also get to visit top Canadian sites, experience each of Canada’s seasons, and practice your English skills with the new friends you’ll make.

For many international students, practicing English skills can be very intimidating. After all, going to university is already a big step, but taking courses in a second language can be quite daunting. Fortunately, top English as a second language (ESL) programs like CultureWorks are there to help you get comfortable in your second language and make a smooth transition into university life—both in class and outside of it.

If you’d like to spend a summer in Canada’s capital city, and you’re planning to attend Carleton University, you might be able to complete your ESL education in as little as 6 weeks. Read on to find out how.

Fast Track ESL Requirements for Carleton University: What Prospective Students Need to Know

At CultureWorks, our application process is streamlined so that when you apply to our program, we also send your application to one of our partner universities. This means if you’re accepted into a CultureWorks program, you will also receive conditional acceptance into a Canadian university.

The 6 week Fast Track program is only available for Carleton University, making it a perfect option for students who want to study in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. To be eligible for Fast Track, you’ll need to meet all the academic requirements of your university program of choice.

Fast Track is designed to help students who are slightly below the minimum ESL requirements to be admitted directly to Carleton. If you meet those Fast Track ESL requirements for Carleton University, you might be able to complete your ESL training during the summer and start your university studies as early as September.

Feel Confident With Your English Skills After Completing Intensive 6 Week ESL Training

At CultureWorks, we work closely with each student to make sure that they develop the English language skills they need to succeed in university.

Our experienced and friendly instructors are there to answer your questions, provide feedback, and help you develop your reading, writing, listening and public speaking skills. This way, you’ll feel comfortable and confident by the time September rolls around.

Additionally, our friendly instructors provide a warm and encouraging learning environment. For many ESL learners, the hardest part about learning their second language can be developing the confidence they need to speak up. That’s why we encourage students to have fun, practice their English and enjoy their intensive 6 week ESL training.

Enjoy a Fun Summer in Ottawa During Your Intensive 6 week ESL Training

At CultureWorks, we strive to make language learning as fun as possible. That’s why we include plenty of activities and trips into our programs.

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CultureWorks students enjoy an outdoor adventure during their ESL studies

This way, you’ll get to meet new friends from all over the world, practice your English in an encouraging environment and become familiar with your future campus. That’s right—CultureWorks ESL programs are located directly on the campuses of our partner schools. This means that during your 6-week Fast Track program, you’ll have a head start at getting to know your campus, which will help you prepare for a stellar year at Carleton University.

Interested in starting your pre-university ESL studies as early as July 15th, 2016?

Consider enrolling in our Fast Track ESL for Carleton University program!

LOVING LONDON

CultureWorks is the original ESL school for higher education in Canada.  And London, Ontario is the school’s original location.  Our CW students have created so many great memories in London, all the way from our summer programs, through our school year, and beyond into the alumni chapter.  This Valentines Day, send some love to London, and enjoy these London memories caught on camera

Our King’s Summer students are cooking! Big smiles! (I see one male student and many female students…who says guys can’t cook?)
Behold!  Champions of English!
Behold! Champions of English! (The small guy is the teacher, btw.)
Banging the Drum at Opening Ceremonies in London!
Banging the Drum at Opening Ceremonies in London! The student on the left is really into the rhythm!
London Potluck, 2014
London Potluck, 2014
End of Term Party, London 2014
End of Term Party, London 2014
Janine, Elaine, and Liz enjoying time with London alumni, Peng Tu and Yuxiao
Janine, Elaine, and Liz enjoying time with London alumni, Peng Tu and Yuxiao

Do you have any CultureWorks pictures you’d like to share?  You can send them to us on our Facebook page!

 

Top 5 Reasons to Love CultureWorks!

Welcome to CultureWorks!  Are you excited? Do you have any idea how fantastic your experience is going to be this year?  Well, juice up your laptop batteries and open up your minds, boys and girls!  Our new term begins next week!  And to get everyone in the mood, here are the top 5 reasons you’re going to love learning English at Ontario’s premiere EAP school.

#5.  Experience Campus Life

At CultureWorks, you’re not only getting a conditional acceptance to a Canadian university, you’re also getting an on campus education in world culture.

King’s University College, Brescia University College, Western University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College and Carleton University all boast a vibrant community of learners who come from India, Europe, Africa, Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Korea, China and many, many more countries.  It’s like a buffet of culture! You are going to be learning so much just by going to school together.  How cool is that?

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#4.  Ontario is an Awesome Playground

Let’s face it.  You can’t *always* be studying, right?  Ottawa, Toronto, and London are filled with satisfying distractions.  Live music venues, tons of restaurants, fabulous parks, a huge selection of movie theatres, and groovy coffee shops are just the beginning to some super fun times!

You might ask, “Yeah, Canada sounds great, but how do I know what to do?”  And my answer is, “Make friends with the great people in your Student Services office!”  Want to know how to rent an apartment?  Have to take a subway in Toronto?  Interested in joining a campus team?  Our CultureWorks Student Services team will help you figure out your life in Canada. Don’t be shy!

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Courtesy of www.niagarafallscourtsidein.com

#3.  Rockstar EAP Program

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It’s all about our teachers.  They make your experience real, and help make your success a reality.  They have lived overseas too, which makes CultureWorks teachers understand the language learning process and international experience like no one else.  They are  your true Canadian ambassadors.

The CultureWorks’ curriculum is one of a kind, above and beyond what any regular ESL school has to offer.  Academic level Reading, Writing & Grammar, Listening & Speaking, Pronunciation, Canadian Studies and Integrated Study Skills & Exam Preparation are blended so that you are always practicing more than one language skill at a time.   As an intensive, academic program, you will be prepared for the advanced skills required at university.

#2.  100% Authentically Canadian

The central theme to your life in Canada, is….Canada!  Right?  And how better to learn about this amazing country than to experience it?  Three times a term, students embark upon an exciting, different trip to a wide variety of Canadian destinations to share in once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  Grab your camera and upload your pictures to show your new life off to loved ones at home.

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#1.  CultureWorks Puts You in Control

The absolute best feature of the CultureWorks experience is that it teaches you how to take control of your learning.  We give you the opportunity and tools to work hard, reflect upon your skills, and ask your teachers smart questions.  “How can I improve my reading?”  “What is the best way to expand my vocabulary?”  “How do I make friends at university?”  When you are aware of your learning, you know which areas to develop, and that will set you on a path to success.

As your excitement builds over the next week, remember that your Canadian adventure with CultureWorks is a unique opportunity.  Not everyone lives in a foreign country, or learns another language, so take every chance to learn and enjoy.  In the end, we show you the culture and how English works.  We need you to put them together and succeed at CultureWorks.  Welcome!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcVYXvnEIwI&list=TLh7QeEE8D_rg

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The Power of (S)NOW!

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You know when you wake up and you glance out the window groggily as you make your way through your morning routine?  You’re barely half awake, yet you subconsciously need to confirm what the weather looks like before you start your…

…and then, BOOM!  White everywhere!  Welcome to beautiful Canadian winter, baby! It’s here!

Yes, yes, I know, it’s cold and your boots are heavy and it’s hard to hold anything when you’re wearing those goofy gloves. But man, is it beautiful, and clean and fresh and exciting…admit it.  You love snow. I know you do.

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I like winter because it’s such a dramatic and refreshing change from the rest of the year.  A dramatic weather change like this helps you to remember where you are, and what you were doing when it happened. Also, I love winter because it brings people together, indoors, playing games and swapping stories (or apps) to help stay warm and cozy. That’s the power of snow.

For those of you experiencing this gorgeous Canadian precipitation, breathe it in and enjoy.  These are the memories that living in a foreign country are made of.  Stay warm and take lots of pictures, my friends!  I guarantee your friends back home won’t believe it.

Why do you love winter?  Leave a comment below and let us know!

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IT’S A LITTLE LOONIE

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My colleague Christina informed me this week that our “Loonie”, the Canadian dollar, is at its lowest value now since 2009.  “Isn’t that cool?” she exclaimed.  “Wouldn’t it make a neat blog post?”  “Yeah,” I laughed. “It’s a little loonie, but it’d work.”

Loonie is the slang name for the Canadian dollar.  We call it that because it has the image of a beautiful Canadian bird, the loon, on it.  Also, loonie (or loony) is another way of saying someone or something is ‘crazy’.  And let’s face it, there’s a lot of things in Canada that are pretty loonie!

So how is a lower dollar value a good thing for the Canadian economy.  I admit, I am no economist, so I had to do the research on this.  What I learned is rather cool.

1.  A lower Loonie will help our economy

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www.akcanada.com

Canada sells a lot of stuff to other countries (export).  This includes manufactured goods and services.  Canada’s tourism and services industry is big, too.  So with a lower dollar, suddenly our stuff isn’t so expensive compared to the rest of the world.  As a result, more countries will want to buy Canadian.

2.  A dip in the dollar will help employment

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Oil Field Worker in Alberta, Canada www.opencanada.org

Our lower dollar will make the U.S. exports more expensive.  This means that other countries won’t buy as much from the U.S., and American workers could lose their jobs.  Meanwhile in Canada our exports are busier than ever, which creates work for Canadians to keep up with the demand.

3.  A bargain buck means ‘buy Canadian’

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www.monarchkitchenblog.com

A lot of Canadians shop ‘over the border’, or in the U.S. because their prices are usually cheaper than ours.  This is especially true for groceries and gas.  But with the Canadian buck (slang for dollar) low, it doesn’t make sense to buy in America.  Canadians will buy in Canada, and a higher volume of business is great for the economy.  Also, Americans will come to Canada to buy Canadian!  It’s a win win!

4.  Cut-rate cash is great for tourism

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blog.newswire.ca

Canadian music and theatre festivals, ski resorts and summer resorts, will all benefit from a lower dollar.  Why?  Because other countries’ money is higher value, making Canada a great place to travel too.

There are drawbacks, of course.  People with Canadian investments and retirement savings won’t be earning as much.  Bank rates haven’t been lowered either, which means people are paying more on their credit cards while the dollar is technically worth less.  In the end however, this was a good lessen for me.  When people say the ‘dollar is low’, it doesn’t always mean it’s a bad thing.  It’s when people say your pants are low, or your marks are low – that’s pretty much always a bad thing.

The Origin of the Jack O’Lantern

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Pour yourself a cup of hot apple cider and snuggle up to the glowing warmth of your laptop monitor, because I’ve got a little known Halloween story to tell you. Everyone loves the Jack O’Lantern, but very few people know the legend of the man named Jack, and how the pumpkin lantern was made.

Jack, an Irish man, grew up in a simple village where he earned a reputation for cleverness as well as laziness. He applied his fine intelligence to wiggling out of any work that was asked of him, preferring to lie under a solitary oak endlessly sleeping. In order to earn money to spend at the local pub, he looked for easy money from gambling, a pastime at which he excelled. In his whole life he never made a single enemy, never made a single friend and never performed a selfless act for anyone. Stingy Jack, a miserable and old drunk, liked to play tricks on everyone: family, friends, his mother and even the Devil himself.

One day, he tricked the devil into climbing up an apple tree. Once the Devil climbed up the apple tree, Stingy Jack hurriedly placed crosses around the trunk of the tree. The Devil was then unable to get down the tree. Stingy Jack made the devil promise him not to take his soul when he died. Once the devil promised not to take his soul, Stingy Jack removed the crosses and let the Devil down.

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Many years later, when Jack finally died, he went to the pearly gates of Heaven and was told by Saint Peter that he was too mean and too cruel and had led a miserable and worthless life on earth. He was not allowed to enter Heaven. He then went down to Hell.

But the Devil kept his promise and would not allow him to enter Hell. Now Jack was scared and had nowhere to go but to wander about forever in the darkness between Heaven and Hell. He asked the Devil how he could leave as there was no light. The Devil tossed him a burning coal from the flames of Hell to help him light his way. Jack placed the ember in a hollowed out turnip, one of his favorite foods which he always carried around with him whenever he could steal one.

For that day onward, Stingy Jack roamed the earth without a resting place, lighting his way as he went with his “Jack O’Lantern”.

Since, on all Hallow’s eve, the Irish hollowed out turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away.

The Irish brought the tradition of the Jack O’Lantern to America. The Irish immigrants quickly discovered that Pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve out. So they used pumpkins for Jack O’Lanterns!  (Source: http://www.pumpkinnook.com/facts/jack.htm)

And we’ve been having fun with the idea ever since!  Happy Halloween!

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