Paint a turkey for Thanksgiving

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two Region 8 businesses are joining forces to help bring people together in a creative and unusual way. Sugarbakers Coffee House and Artistic Niche in Paragould are inviting the public to come to Sugarbakers Tuesday evening to "paint" a turkey.

Manager of Sugarbakers, Win Roach, says his father carves wooden figures as a hobby. So, he got together with Artistic Niche owner, Sandra Holt, and they decided to offer something different for people to do.

Sandra Holt, "Win and I were just talking together one day. Talking about things that might help each other out and it was close to Halloween and I think it was probably Win's idea. He said, 'Hey, we could paint pumpkins."

The October pumpkins were such a success Sandra says they're offering turkeys for November, "Everyone comes to Sugarbakers. They sit down and eat. Win gets the food together and we serve burgers and macaroni and cheese and tater tots for the kids and then we just give them a bunch of paint and let them have a good time painting their turkeys."

Win says one of the greatest things about these events is bringing people together and giving them the opportunity to do something they might not normally do, "It really is an artistic endeavor, but it's also really fun. And everyone likes sentimental treasures so, it's neat."

Sandra says many of the parents that come in appreciate the creativity their kids get to participate in, and the mess they don't have to clean up.

"It's a good family thing to do. You can bring your kids. They can get their meal, they have an art activity all in one place and you don't have to have the mess at your house, which is a big thing when you're giving a three year old paint it can be really messy. So, it's nice to be able to go somewhere else and let them do an activity and not have to clean up."

Things kick off at five and last til eight.

But Sandra says if you missed your chance this evening, you've got another one.

She says if additional people call and request to participate, they'll simply have another one next week.

And don't forget about December.

They'll be offering wooden snowmen, reindeer and Christmas trees.

For more information, you can call 870-476-7221 or go to their website.

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