October 18th, 2008 Categories: Alexandria
Just like Charlie Brown, Alexandria has its very own Pumpkin Patch. Located on the grounds of Immanuel Church-On-The-Hill at the corner of Quaker and Seminary Lanes, the annual sale of 10,000 pumpkins is a community tradition.
Just the right size for small hands
Now in its 15th year, the sale benefits local charities like the Network Preschool, ALIVE!, Carpenters Shelter, and Community Lodgings as well as others. The sale also benefits the Navajo Indian tribes in the northern regions of New Mexico, who raise the pumpkins on irrigated tribal lands, by creating some 300 jobs.
Last year the church netted more than $35,000 for charity with absolutely zero dollars going back into the church budget. How do they do it? Wendy John, pumpkin wrangler extraordinaire, credits enthusiastic community support and the involvement of church members young and old for making this event both fun and profitable.
Wendy and Doug John
A satisfied customer
But wait, pumpkins aren’t the only thing available. Decorative gourds, gourd birdhouses, Indian corn, and autumn crafts add to the bounty. My favorite though? Homemade soup and apple crisp!
Pumpkins are on sale now through October 31 from 10:00am to 8:00pm daily and range in price from $1 to $25.
For additional information call 703.370.6555.
I’m going back tomorrow to stock up – see you there?