Winners shine at Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s Amazing Pumpkin Carve

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – More than forty local artists brought their A-game to transform massive pumpkins into incredible works of art for the fifth annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve, an event hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. The event brought nearly 3000 visitors to Woolsey Park in Titusville, NJ between October 11 to October 14.

The judges had their own work “cut out” for them selecting the best of some very incredible sculptures. Glowing orange skulls, spooky spiders, and pulpy sea creatures were only a few of the cool creations carved by local artists this year.

The 2019 winners are:

Best in Show: “Webbed” by Caroline Hall

Best Carving: “Octo-Pumpkin” by Jessica Kruscavage

Most Original Design: “Fibonacci to …” by Lenora Kandiner & Tim Cresson

Most Creative Use of Materials: “Morocco-O’ Lantern” by Anne Nixon-Ellery

Funniest: “The Mask” by Michael Davies

Best Use of Electricity: “Gourd Devotion” by Patrick Pasquito

Scariest: “Good and Evil” by Kathleen Sheehan

HV Arts Council’s Pick: “Monster in the Closet” by Aleece Davis & Jill Thomas

Honorable Mention: “Hallows’ Eve Serpent” by Jeff Brown

Honorable Mention: “Mmm… Brains” by Eric Schultz 

Honorable Mention: “S.S. Souless” by Jennifer Stevens

Honorable Mention: “Bite of the Irish” by Darrell Tuomari

Honorable Mention: “Halloween Party” by John Woodward

“The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is our biggest fundraiser of the year and its success allows up to support our local artists and promote ‘art in the everyday’ in the greater Hopewell Valley,” said Hopewell Valley Arts Council board president, Carol Lipson, who thanked sponsors and community members for their support.  “The Carve would not be possible if not for the generous support of presenting sponsors Liza & Sky Morehouse and Harbat Farms, and platinum sponsors Capital Health, The Laurenti Family Charitable Trust, and D’Angelo Italian Market, as well as a host of gold, silver and courtyard sponsors.”   

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Ticket proceeds from this event go toward artist-carvers’ honoraria as well as to fund other Hopewell Valley Arts Council arts-related programs. 

Amazing Again: Arts Council’s Pumpkin Carve Returns to Hopewell Valley

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – The Hopewell Valley’s favorite fall days will soon return, when the Amazing Pumpkin Carve turns Woolsey Park in Titusville into a family-friendly autumn celebration. Forty massive pumpkins carved by local artists are just the beginning of the fifth annual fantastic festival from Friday, October 11 through Monday, October 14, 2019 (Columbus Day).

Orange skulls, pulpy dragons, and two-headed pumpkin ladies are only a few of the cool creatures carved by artists in years past. The HV Arts Council’s Amazing Pumpkin Carve is electrified allowing for dramatic lighting and motion effects to expand the Carver’s pumpkin palette. The results are sure to wow visitors with even more spectacular displays.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve, in its fifth year, is much more than just amazing pumpkins. Courtyard activities include evening storytelling around fire pits, pumpkin sales and painting, art show & sale, live music performances, s’more kits & cider, hots dogs and snacks for purchase, a humongous hay bale playground, photo op-boards, and more!

Special events begin on Thursday October 10 with the “Watch-the-Carvers” Reception. Advance ticket holders and VIPs will watch artists in action, enjoy a lite-bites reception to the live music of “Fiddlesticks,” and see the amazing final pumpkins — all before the Carve opens to the public. Advance tickets are required for this exclusive event.

Throughout the Carve weekend, there will be live music from celebrated local bands BoXoRox, Mixed Nuts, Recklesstown, and Uncle Skunk, as well as dance and vocal performances by students of The Pennington Studio. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and hangout to hear the bands.

Children of all ages will delight on Monday for Kid’s Day (Columbus Day) — when everyone is a kid! All tickets are $5, and student bands from the School of Rock will impress you with their rock-and-roll prowess.

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate autumn in Hopewell Valley while supporting the many talented artists who call this region home. For more information and the schedule full of daily details, visit the Hopewell Valley Arts Council website at www.hvartscouncil.org.

This event is hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Ticket proceeds go toward artist-carvers’ honoraria fund other Hopewell Valley Arts Council arts-related programs.

The Carve would not be possible if not for the generous support of our presenting sponsors Liza & Sky Morehouse and Harbat Farms, and our platinum sponsors Capital Health, The Laurenti Family Charitable Trust, and D’Angelo Market, as well as a host of gold, silver and courtyard sponsors.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is open for four days only: Friday to Monday, October 11 to 14 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Ticket prices: Adults, $15; Seniors, $10; Ages 5-17, $5; Ages 4 and under, FREE. Want to come again? Take a photo of yourself with one of our “photo op” boards on your first visit and come another day for FREE!

Hours and activities vary, so visit the HV Arts Council’s website for details: www.hvartscouncil.org.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve 2019 Carver Participation Rules and Event Details

Thank you for your interest in carving at the fifth annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve. The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is looking for imaginative and truly AMAZING pumpkins. We encourage you to think outside of the traditional pumpkin-carving box!

~ Important ~

a. Each carver will be provided with electricity! ONLY electric lighting will be permitted. This will ensure brighter lighting and eliminate the need for us to get into your pumpkin to access battery-operated lights. ALL ELECTRICAL LIGHTS & CORDS MUST BE OUTDOOR GRADE. See paragraph #5 for more details.

b. Only registered carvers, employees, volunteers, and VIP All-Access Pass Sponsors will be permitted onto the event grounds on carving day. To maintain safety and to prevent distractions on carving day, family and friends MUST wait to attend the Carve during
public viewing hours. (Fri 10/11 – Mon 10/14.)

c. Upon satisfactory completion of their pumpkin, Carvers will receive:

  • $150 Honoraria, per Carver or Carving Team
  • One additional complimentary general admission ticket
  • Registered Carvers have free access to return to the Carve during public hours
  • New: Carvers are encouraged to attend the “Watch the Carvers” Special Reception on Thursday, Oct 10 from 6-8pm, to interact with our sponsors & special ticket holders who will be the first to view the pumpkins and want to see how you do what you do. In addition to themselves, Carvers will receive one additional free ticket for the reception.
  • Refreshments: Complementary bagels, chips, fruit and beverages will be available all day for the Carvers. It is a long day, so feel free to come and go to take a break to get lunch/dinner or feel free to pack your own.

Carver’s 2019 Timeline

Activity

Activity Date / Time
Carver receives confirmation via email Wed, Sept 18, 2019
Carving Day Thurs, Oct 10 from 10:00am to 8:00pm
Private pumpkin judging Thurs, Oct 10 at 8:30pm
Posting of judging results Fri, Oct 11

It is important that you read the following rules and event details before registering so that you fully understand your commitment:

1. The Amazing Pumpkin Carve will be held “rain or shine”, unless the weather is unsafe. Weather- related closures will be made on a day-by-day basis and announced through the Hopewell Valley Arts Council website.

2. Carving will take place at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington-Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ on Thurs Oct 10 between the hours of 10:00am and 8:00pm. Carvers must check-in upon arrival to be directed to their pumpkin. Since you will be carving an AMAZING pumpkin, make sure you leave ample time to complete your design and be cleaned-up by 8:00pm. Later hours will enable you to see your pumpkin in the dark and tweak your carving as needed prior to judging.

3. An individual or team of up to three Carvers is permitted on-site to carve the pumpkin. Carvers between the ages of 12 and 18 MUST be on a team with a parent or guardian.

4. Once the Arts Council has selected the required number of carvers, additional carvers will be put on a waiting list. If a carver has not started their pumpkin by 5:00pm, the pumpkin will be forfeited and reassigned to a carver from the waiting list.

*5. IMPORTANT! Each carver will have access to an electrical plug with 100 watts of electricity near their assigned pumpkin. You are encouraged to think creatively about light and motion. Low volume sound is permitted as long as it does not interfere with the enjoyment of the other pumpkins around you. Consider using compact florescent or LED lights to maximize the wattage. Carvers must bring their own OUTDOOR GRADE lighting and extension cords. Battery operated lighting inside the pumpkin is NOT permitted. It is too difficult to gain access to the inside of the pumpkins to get to the lights to turn them on/off and change batteries. Due to possible moisture build-up as the pumpkins sit, OUTDOOR grade lighting is required to keep from tripping the circuits, which was a problem last year. **Please put your name on your lighting system so it can be returned to you at the close of the event. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!!

6. Only cordless power tools may be used. Plug-in power tools typically exceed 100 watts and will overwhelm our generator. Cordless power tools may be re-charged with the tent electrical set-up.

7. Pumpkin designs must be the original work of the carver or carving team and not infringe upon the copyright or any intellectual property rights of others. Websites like “Pinterest” may be used for inspiration, but specific designs may not be copied.

8. The use of stencils is permitted, but commercial pumpkin kits and pre-purchased pumpkin stencils are strongly discouraged.

9. Carvers must keep in mind that the audience will be broad-based and of all ages, so designs must be appropriate for public display. Designs that are religious, political or sexual in nature are not permitted. Corporate logos or advertisements, other than logos of the participating non-profit organizations, are not permitted. Carved pumpkins that do not conform to these guidelines will not bedisplayed. If you are uncertain about your design’s conformity, please contact us.

10. Each pumpkin will be pre-positioned on hay bales under 10 x 10 tents provided by the HV Arts Council for each carver. Pumpkins and hay bales may not be moved. But Pumpkins MAY be spun around or propped-up for enhanced viewing and ease of carving. Some bricks and rocks will be available to use as props. Carvers may also bring their own material for propping.

11. You may fill your 10 x 10 empty space in anyway you like, but keep in mind that the pumpkins cannot be moved from the hay bales. Nothing of any significant weight can be attached to the tent structure. Designs may extend below the top of the hay bales to the ground. Safety is of utmost importance. Please ensure that your pumpkin is constructed securely.

12. Completed pumpkin designs MAY be enhanced with man-made materials and components. In addition, natural material such as smaller pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks or sticks may also be incorporated into your design. Components other than the main pumpkin can be pre-carved or painted in advance.

13. The use of products/treatments to extend the life of your carved pumpkin is encouraged. (plantcaretoday.com/preserve-pumpkin)

14. Carvers may be asked to make minor repairs to their pumpkin if needed.

15. No vehicles are allowed in the Pumpkin Carve event courtyard. Please be prepared to transport all necessary tools from the parking area some other way. There will be one cart available, but you may need to wait while it is in use. We suggest you bring a wheelbarrow, wagon or some other non- mechanized form of transportation.

16. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on while carving. Bug spray is also recommended. Trash containers and buckets will be provided to facilitate cleanup. You are responsible for cleaning up your own area.

17. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted. Alcohol and carving do not mix well. ☺

18. Our visitors love to talk with the carvers. Feel free to hangout with your pumpkin during public viewing hours to answer questions and say ‘hello’ to your adoring fans.

19. Carvers give full permission for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council to use images of their pumpkins and day-of-event carving photos in promotional materials.

Thank you for bringing your creativity to the Amazing Pumpkin Carve! If you have any questions, please contact us at artists@hvartscouncil.org.

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Celebrates Successful Fourth Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council celebrated another successful and fun-filled Amazing Pumpkin Carve, from October 10 to 14, 2018 at Woolsey Park in Hopewell Township.

For the fourth year, visitors of all ages were wowed by gigantic pumpkin sculptures carved by some of the area’s best local artists. Local nonprofits enlisted their most creative members to made scarecrows, decorating the Carve and sharing the community spirit. New this year, artists had access to electricity. With cool lighting opportunities, this year’s pumpkin carve was electrifying.

“The fourth year of the Carve was bigger and better than ever — more visitors, more fun activities, more art — and the centerpiece of the Carve – the most jaw-dropping giant pumpkins ever!” said Hopewell Valley Arts Council Board of Trustees President Carol Lipson. “This year’s pumpkins were a real showcase of skill and artistry by our amazing carvers.”

2018 HV Arts Council Amazing Pumpkin Carve Best in Show: “Blood Sucker” by Matt Derby (Photo: Kyle Wille)

With stiff competition, Best in Show went to Matt Derby for his creation, “Blood Sucker,” a wide-mouthed bat with outstretched wings. Douglas May took Best Carving for his intricate “Bluebeard” (photograph below). “Sisters at Heart,” a two-headed singing woman carved from a single pumpkin, by Aleece Davis and Jill Thomas won Most Original Design. Most Creative Use of Materials went to Jennifer Stevens’ “Will Work for Peanuts,” an adorable and impressive circus elephant. Most Humorous went to Michael Davies for his comic strip design in “Scary Romance.” Scariest was “Hatchling” by Eric Schultz, a fire-breathing dragon emerging from its egg. Best Use of Electricity, new this year, was awarded to “Bat Troll” by Gyuri Hollosy and Annalise Hollosy. The HV Arts Council Award was given to Curtis May for “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.” Honorable mentions were awarded to: “Floradecehedron” by Jeff Brown, “Vulture Culture” by Kathleen Sheehan & Cynthia Miklos, “Gritty” by Jonathan Conner, “Leo the Lion” by Carol Gorham, “Hole Reversal” by Patrick Pasquito, and “Two Headed Bats” by Jodi Walker. Anne Ellery and Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) won best scarecrow.

For a slideshow of amazing pumpkins, please check out this link.

2018 HV Arts Council Amazing Pumpkin Carve Best Carved: “Bluebeard” by Douglas May (Photo: Mike Chipowsky)

Local Lex Dorner was only a quarter of a pound off in the “guess the pumpkin weight.” He and his family won a custom pumpkin carved by local professional pumpkin carver, Curtis May. Tying for second place, Gary Goodman and Judy Bushong received memberships to the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

“Guess the weight” Pumpkin Winner Dorner with his family

More new activities this year included a cornhole tournament and pet costume contest. Mark Mattaliano and Joe Witkowski came in first place in the cornhole tournament, and Roger Shapiro and Ray Petty came in second. In the post costume contest, canine friend Amore, Deanna Cuchiaro’s bracco italiano stole everyone’s hearts, and Melody, Felicia Schilp’s eastern box turtle came in second.

This event is hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. Ticket and sponsorship proceeds benefit the HV Arts Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and go toward artist-carvers’ honoraria and to fund other arts-related programs of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

“Special appreciation goes out to all of our sponsors. Without their support, it would be impossible to stage this wonderful community celebration,” said Lipson. “The Pumpkin Carve has become an annual Hopewell Valley tradition, one that we hope to expand and thrive for many years to come. When visitors leave the Carve inspired to explore their own artistic expression, we’re happy to be part of discovering art in the everyday.”

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Announces Third Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s Third Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve will feature the astounding creativity of 50 of the region’s best artists carving 50 gigantic pumpkins. This family-friendly autumn spectacular will be held in it’s new location, Woolsey Park, from Wednesday, October 11 through Sunday, October 15.

Visitors of all ages will be wowed by the 150-pound sculptures and will enjoy food truck faire. Activities and special events will include evening storytelling around fire pits with s’mores kits and cider, “guess-the-weight” giant pumpkin contest, paint-a-pumpkin craft tent, Hopewell Township history kiosk, fun photo ops, and more!

The fall-themed images of amateur and professional artists will be on display in the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s first annual photography show at the Amazing Pumpkin Carve.

“The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is a wonderful opportunity for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council to showcase the creativity and talent of our local artists, to celebrate with our families and our community, and enjoy a beautiful time of year in this special place,” said Carol Lipson, President, Hopewell Valley Arts Council Board of Trustees.

“This year’s Carve really is a community-wide celebration,” she continued, “On Saturday, we’ve partnered with the HV Uniformed Firefighters Association to present Fire Safety Day, and we’ve joined with the HV Historic Preservation Committee for the rededication of Woolsey Park.”

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is much more than a jaw-dropping display of artistic talent etched in enormous pumpkins.

Special events begin Friday night with a sneak peek for HV Arts Council members and sponsors and then the Carve opens to the public at 7pm with three performances of The Pennington Studio’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Saturday will kick off with a dedication ceremony for the renaming of Woolsey Park (formerly Alliger Park) and salute to Hopewell Valley’s first responders at 9 a.m. The Third Annual Fire Safety Open House will follow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss fire trucks, safety demonstrations, K-9 dogs, a helicopter landing, and a walk-through fire safety house built from hay bales!

On Sunday, Hopewell Valley Arts Council will auction off the artistic pumpkins, giving bidders an opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind temporary work of art.

Don’t miss it! The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is open for only 5 days: Wed.-Sun., October 11-15 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Entry to the pumpkin viewing tent: Adults, $10; Ages 11-18, $5; Under 10, FREE. Hours and activities vary, so please check out the HV Arts Council’s website for details: www.hvartscouncil.org.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. Ticket proceeds benefit the HV Arts Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and go toward artist-carvers’ honoraria and to fund other arts-related programs of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

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THE AMAZING PUMPKIN CARVE

Five days only: Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 15

New Location: Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ

Pumpkin Tent entry: Adults, $10; Ages 11-18, $5; Under 10 FREE

Hours, Activities, Details & more: www.hvartscouncil.org

2nd Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve Winners Announced and… “Freedom Pumpkin” Wins Best in Show

Curtis May Freedom Pumpkin Wins Hopewell Valley Arts Council aMAZing Pumpkin Carve

Curtis May Freedom Pumpkin Wins Hopewell Valley Arts Council aMAZing Pumpkin Carve

“Freedom Pumpkin” Wins “Best in Show” at Second Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Announces Winning Artists of Second Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

PENNINGTON, NJ October 13, 2016— A giant pumpkin dramatically carved with clasped arms reaching around its circumference and inscribed with the words, “Unite for Freedom and Rights” has been named Best in Show at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s Second Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve. Artist Curtis May, a Pennington resident and Pennsbury High School (Bucks County, PA) art teacher, has claimed the title for both years in a row.

May’s pumpkin and dozens of others carved by local artists and nonprofit organizations can be seen during one final weekend, October 14-16, at the Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze located at 17 Valley Road in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. The Carve will be open Friday evening 5-9, Saturday noon-9 and Sunday noon-5.

Other winning artist-carvers in this year’s Pumpkin Carve include Charlie Yeh (Best Carving); Sarah Bernotas (Most Creative Design); Aleece Davis (Most Creative Use of Materials); Michelle Clark (Best Pumpkin at Night); and Patrick Pasquito (Most Humorous Pumpkin.) Honorable Mentions went to Kaitlin Deering Kassel, Carol Gorham, Lori Johansson, and Will Kasso.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve was created by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council to spotlight the talent of local artists in a way that all ages can enjoy. Young children through senior citizens can plan an afternoon or evening of outdoor Fall fun that includes exploring the Pumpkin Carve, tackling the puzzling challenge of the Howell Farm Corn Maze, hand-pumping water to race rubber duckies, clambering over wooden replicas of farm equipment, and enjoying lunch or seasonal treats from the Snack Bar and Grill. Celebrating its twentieth year, the Howell Farm Corn Maze is the longest continuously-running corn maze in New Jersey. The maze features almost three miles of labyrinthian trails and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Online Art Auction Added to Carve

The Arts Council’s celebration of Autumn seasonal art was expanded this year to include an online auction of ten custom, collectable, everlasting pumpkins decorated by top artists from Mercer, Bucks, and Hunterdon counties of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. These one-of-a-kind art pumpkins can be seen in person at the Pumpkin Carve. The online auction will close with the end of the Pumpkin Carve at 5pm on Sunday, October 16. Proceeds benefit the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. The artists commissioned include Morris Docktor, Addison Vincent, Susanne Pitak Davis, Leon Rainbow, Thom Montanari, Annelies van Dommelen, Matthew Langille, James Feehan, Susan Roseman and Nancy Stark.

Information to plan a visit to the Amazing Pumpkin Carve, including admission prices, and links to the online auction of art pumpkins are available at www.hvartscouncil.org.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating “art in the everyday” throughout the Hopewell Valley region of New Jersey, including Hopewell Township, Titusville, Hopewell Borough and Pennington Borough. Now in its second year of operation, the Arts Council has blossomed as an art-focused partner for many community institutions and events and, so far this year, has brought more than twenty art activities, performances, exhibits and talks to Hopewell Valley festivals and celebrations, as well as to Capital Health Medical Center—Hopewell; the Pennington Public Library; and the Off-Broadstreet Theatre. Through its efforts to cultivate art appreciation and participation, the Arts Council aims to nurture a vibrant, creative and engaged community. The organization grew out of the 2014 Hopewell Stampede, a project initiated by a group of art-loving residents who enlisted local artists to decorate more than 70 oversized, fiberglass oxen. The oxen were displayed throughout the community.

For more information, contact HV Arts Council Program Director Carol Lipson at pumpkins@hvartscouncil.org and Tracy Meyer at tracy@tracywmeyer.org; or visit hvartscouncil.org. Follow the Arts Council on Facebook at Facebook.com/HVStampede/, Instagram, Instagram.com/hvartscouncil and Twitter Twitter.com/hvartscouncil.

aMAZing Pumpkin Carve Media Advisory

Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZing Pumpkin Carve Carve Day 2016

Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZing Pumpkin Carve Carve Day 2016Contact:

Carol Lipson,
Hopewell Valley Arts Council Program Director
Carol.lipson@hvartscouncil.org
609-281-5887

Tracy Meyer,
Hopewell Valley Arts Council Communications
tracy@tracywmeyer.com

—MEDIA ADVISORY—

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s 2nd Annual aMAZing Pumpkin Carve To Be Held
on Grounds of Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze, Oct 7-10 and Oct 14-16, 2016


The Media Is Invited to October 5 Pre-Opening “Carve Day”to Interview and Observe Artists As They Transform Giant Pumpkins into Works of Art,

And Also Invited Anytime During Oct 7-10 and Oct 14-16 Public Hours at the Carve

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council invites the media to our annual “Carve Day,” an opportunity to observe and interview artists as they transform giant pumpkins into works of art for this year’s aMAZing Pumpkin Carve on the grounds of the Howell Farm Corn Maze in Hopewell Township (Mercer County), New Jersey. The artists will be carving their pumpkins at the corn maze from 10am-8pm on Wednesday, October 5. Late afternoon (2-5pm) will be the best time to see the artists at work and the pumpkin artistry far enough along.

You are also welcome, at your convenience, any time on Carve Day and during October 7-10 and October 14-16 when the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve is open to the public.

WHAT: “Carve Day” is an opportunity to interview and observe local and regional artists carving giant pumpkins into works of art for the walk-through exhibition, the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve.

WHO: More than 40 artists will be present and carving 100-150 lbs pumpkins to create the exhibition. Representatives from the Hopewell Valley Arts Council will be available to answer questions.

WHY: The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. In 2015, its first year, the Carve was open one weekend and attracted thousands of visitors. This year, the Carve will be open for two weekends and has expanded to include an online auction of artist-painted “faux” pumpkins. These will also be on display at the Carve.

WHEN:

1. Any time between 2-5pm, Wednesday, October 5.

2. Earlier or later on 10/5 as needed: Please let us know so we can have an artist available.

3. Anytime the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve is open to the public.

Sat/Sun Artist carving demos: 12-3.
Fridays (October 7 & 14) 5-9pm
Saturdays (October 8 & 15) 12-9pm
Sundays (October 9 & 16) 12-5pm
Monday, October 10 Columbus Day 12-5pm

WHERE: Grounds of the Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze, 17 Valley Road, Hopewell Township. (This address may appear as Lambertville in some mapping and GPS programs.)

For more information, visit www.hvartscouncil.org. Our Plan Your Visit to the Pumpkin Carve page may be of particular assistance.

Tickets for the Pumpkin Preview Party Are Now On Sale!

Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZing Pumpkin Preview Party tent and tables

This adults-only Barbecue and Blue Grass bash SOLD OUT last year! It was truly one of the most fun nights of the year, with a beautiful setting; good food, drink and music; a GREAT crowd; and a first look at the pumpkins! This year, the date is Wednesday, October 5: you’ll actually be able to watch the carving artists fine tune their pumpkins as evening falls on the Farm. Everyone is invited! Trust us: you will have FUN! Find out more and get your tickets now!