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History And Holiday Pumpkin Lighting On Tap At Greene County Parks & Trails

Jerry Kenney

For the first time, Greene County Parks and Trails is hosting a special pumpkin-lighting event called Pumpkin Glow. On Oct. 27 and 28, hundreds of carved pumpkins will be lit and put on display to visitors at the park's Russ Nature Reserve.


To find out more about Pumpkin Glow, we spent time at the Narrows Reserve off Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek.   

We also spoke with Greene County Parks and Trails Naturalist Mel Grosvenor, who tells us about an upcoming event at the Indian Mound Reserve in Cedarville on Nov. 4, 2017, where visitors will hike and play the part of fugitive slaves on their journey along the Underground Railroad. Grosvenor will portray “Sadie,” a guide who explains the role lanterns played in the history of the Underground Railroad.

Pumkin Glow
Credit Jerry Kenney


Greene County Parks & Trails oversees 2,600 acres of parks and nature reserves in Southwestern Ohio. The lands offer visitors plenty of outdoor opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing, and other activities. The park system also offers a number of educational programs for all ages.






Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.