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American Gothic Meets Wakeman Town Farm

Miggs Burroughs is the go-to guy for logos, posters, flyers.  Any time a local organization needs clever publicity, Miggs is the man.

And he seldom charges for his talents.

For the Wakeman Town Farm’s holiday open house next Sunday (December 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $5) — and a “welcome home” to stewards Mike and Carrie Aitkenhead — he drew inspiration from a famous farm painting: Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”

As the poster notes, the open house features refreshments, wreath-decorating, games, and a tour of the farmhouse.

What Miggs left out of the poster is that the Town Farm’s new logo will be unveiled there. Mugs, t-shirts and hats with the new logo will be available for holiday gift giving.

And who designed the soon-to-be-seen WTF logo?

Miggs Burroughs, of course.

Pancake Pop-Up

When I say “community supported agriculture,” you probably don’t think “great sense of humor.”

The Westporters who now run Wakeman Town Farm are committed to getting Mike and Carrie Aitkenhead back as stewards.  It will cost $20,000 — but the hard-working organizers have added a bit of humor to their fundraising drive.

Consider the Miggs Burroughs-created poster for this Sunday’s (October 2) pancake breakfast:

Yes, that’s Mike and Carrie Aitkenhead — not a dour Iowa farm couple.

What a clever way to promote an event that include pancakes from Christie’s Country Store; nitrate-free bacon and sausage from Graze Delivered; fresh maple syrup, coffee, juice and more — plus goods from local craftsmen and artisanal farmers who will donate part of their proceeds to the farm.

There are games and other activities for the kids.  A prize-winning fiddler.  A raffle for a chicken coop.  (What — you expected tickets to a Yankees game?).

Also:  chickens, pygmy goats and an Angora rabbit.  (For “educational purposes only” — not part of the meal.)

The Aitkenheads will be there, talking about their plans for the property.  They’re eager to hear from the public, too.

And — proving that sustainable agriculture humor is not limited to a Grant Wood poster takeoff — organizer Betsy Phillips Kahn’s email signature reads:  “You’re never too old.  Unless you’re a cheese.”

(The cost of the pancake breakfast is just $5.  If you can’t attend, but want to contribute — any amount — you can make a check out to “Town of Westport,” with “Wakeman Town Farm” in the memo line.  Send to:  Elizabeth Beller, 4 West Ambler Rd., Westport, CT 06880.  For more information, click here.)