The second-annual Glass Pumpkin Festival is around the corner, and this year, the Ohio glassblower’s event will include a way to help artists in New Orleans impacted by Hurricane Ida.
Jack Pine announced that the Jack Pine Studio would kick off its second-annual festival on Friday, September 24, and run through Sunday, September 26. Pine, who was featured at the Circleville Pumpkin Show for about 25 years, launched his first-annual event in 2020 “to help guests, artists and vendors displaced by last year’s Pumpkin Show cancellation,” a press release announcing the second-annual festival reads.
Now, Pine hopes to lend a hand to New Orleans artists and cultural bearers “who have beans dramatically impacted” by Hurricane Ida. Ten percent of the Pumpkin of the Year sales will go to Feed the Second Line, a New Orleans organization aiming to help bring food, shelter and other assistance to local artists.
“We had such a wonderful turnout last year, we wanted to continue and build upon this fun and artistic experience,” Pine said in the release. “Hundreds and hundreds of unique hand-blown glass pumpkins of every color and size are spread across the field in our outdoor studio to celebrate art and the colors of the season by allowing fans and guests to support creatives, both in our own community and those who are struggling right now in New Orleans.”
Pine also plans to unveil the Mardi Gras-inspired “Pumpkin of The Year,” with the aim that the pumpkin “ inspires joy and celebrates the resilience demonstrated over the past two years.”
The Glass Pumpkin Festival will start at 10 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. on the weekend of September 24. Advance parking reservations are available online. Find more info here.