“Maker’s Mash” Features Junk Monsters, Costume Contest


The Learning Center’s annual “Up-cycled Monster Makers Contest,” challenged students, parents and teachers to build a 3D monster out of junk and used materials that might end up in a landfill and recycling them into wild, wacky, creative (and sometimes useful) art. In addition, the “Makers Mash Costume Contest” inspired contestants to create handmade outfits to wear to school on Monday, October 31st. Both contests were awarded cash prizes to the winners in each division:

Division 1: Star Wars theme 

Division 2: Traditional Halloween Costume
Division 3: Up­-cycled Costume

Contestants in The Up-cycled Monster Makers Contest were challenged to spend as little money as possible with only two requirements: that no monsters could be over 6 feet tall and monsters must not actually eat children!

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In the summer of 2013 when The Learning Center! Charter School began to prepare for the 10th annual Monster Mash Bash, those of us involved, made a commitment to see the next ten years of -Monster Mash history grow into an even greater community -wide entertainment piece.   Simultaneously, the Jackie Ward Foundation made the commitment to support a weekend arts entertainment event that would enrich the Murphy, NC area.  It was immediately concluded that the annual Learning Center Monster Mash provided the ideal foundation on which to accomplish the Jackie Ward Foundation goal. Jackie Ward board members, working with Barbara Hughes and Jon and Tammy Fleisher, drawing on the rich historical research of the Cherokee County Paranormal Society, moved forward to create the Legend Has It Weekend.  On Friday, October 24, 2014, the Legend Has It Weekend will kick-off with a 2 hour Legend Has It Walking Tour of Murphy under the direction of David Vowell working with a talented group of regional actors who will make history and lore come alive.  Saturday, night, October 25, 2014, the Learning Center’s annual Monster Mash Bash event will conclude the Legend Has It Weekend. This year’s Monster Mash theme is Harry Potter, including the area-acclaimed Hogwart’s Revisited MAZE , booths, costume contest, bounce houses, cake raffles, and more. See details of both nights of the Legend Has It Weekend below:

  • Legend Has It Walking Tour of Murphy: Friday, October 24, 2014. Starts at 8:15 SHARP in front of the Daily Grind in downtown Murphy. Ticket Price: $20 includes 2 hour walking tour, end-of-tour refreshments at the Parson’s Pub, and small group “after hour’s tour” of a surprise historical site in the downtown area.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Learning Center! Charter School office, online at www.naturallygrownkids.org or the downtown Murphy Curiosity Book Store. Arrive early enough to retrieve your  reserved ticket at the All Call table. We do not guarantee that tickets will be available the night of the event.
  • The Learning Center’s MONSTER MASH BASH: Saturday, October 25, 2014. 6:00 pm-10:00pm.

NOTE THESE CHANGES IN ADMISSION PRICE:  $5 Admission Bracelet: all booths, all night.  $10 Admission Bracelet, all booths, contests, Bounce House and Slide, all night.

 Cake/stuffed animal walks, raffles, silent auction, the Hogwart’s Revisited MAZE and food  vendors are all separate cash events.