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November 1st, 2013 - 4th Annual Hamilton Pumpkin Parade
Come on out to Gage Park in Hamilton on the day after Halloween and bring your pumpkin. We're trying to light up the park with jack o'lanterns. The target one day is to fill the park with beautiful orange gourds, but right now we'll accept filling up the south end by Lawrence Road.
Even if you don't carve a pumpkin, come on out and enjoy the work of those who do. And if you do carve, bring it on down and give it a final night of glory. The jack o'lanterns run the gamut of simple to complex, so all are welcome. At the end of the evening all of the real pumpkins will be recycled, so don't let your creation become street splatter!
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October 19th, 20th, 2013 - Waterford Pumpkinfest
Where else would Pumpkin Jack be but at a pumpkin festival. The little town of Waterford south of Hamilton is holding its annual Pumpkinfest on the weekend of the 17th - 20th of October and Pumpkin Jack will be there selling carved pumpkins. My wife will be there doing an awesome job painting faces and creating glitter tattoos, so if you've got nothing to do that weekend, come on down for a nice drive. We'll be in the indoor marketplace on Saturday and Sunday.
Don't miss it!!! Pumpkinfest.com
November 1st, 2012 - Walking with Pumpkins 2012
The third annual pumpkin walk organized by Paul Tetley. Folks, this is a GREAT event. There are a great many well done jack o'lanterns all on display together. You really do have to see it to believe it. Please, if you live in the Hamilton area, bring your jack to Gage Park at the Lawrence Street parking lot and let everyone see your masterpiece. Note that when the event is done, all the pumpkins are gathered up and sent off to be composted.
Attendance this year was disappointing. Sure it was raining a bit. Sure it was cold. Sure the Tiger-cats were play a must-win game to get into the playoffs (they lost). There were fewer than a hundred pumpkins there! I heard that a similar event in Stratford had over 800 pumpkins present. Come-on Hamilton, we can do better!
October 29th, 2012 - Pumpkinjack and the Vampires
I carved a jack o'lantern for Canadian Blood Services and gave it to them when I went to give my 122nd whole blood donation. In response they wrote the article found here.
November 1st, 2011 - Pumpkinjack Walking With Pumpkins 2011
The second annual Hamilton Pumpkin Parade. What happened to the first annual? I didn't hear about it. Yeah, you heard me. It was done on short notice. But in 20 years, what difference is a year going to make?
Anyhow, this was a last chance for the best pumpkin carvings to put in an appearance before being retired. Year 2, I am told was bigger than year 1 and actually had a cupcake wagon in attendance. Since the event takes place in Gage Park in Hamilton, it's got a lot of room to grow. I can't wait until next year!
October 31st, 2010 - Pumpkinjack Permanent Pumpkin Gallery 2010
Every year for the last 15 years I have put out a display of carvings. For the last 6 years the calibre and number of the carvings has rapidly increased (see the Carvings section starting 2005) with each year attempting to top the previous year. The only real problem I have is that there is a street light right in front of my house which make more complex carvings not appear at their very best. So this year I erected a tent to shield the pumpkins from the light and placed 31 of my 32 permanent pumpkins on display on shelving.
Now what do I do next year?
October 28th, 2010 - Conor McCreery Meets Pumpkinjack
While I was at Strathcona this year, Conor McCreery, co-creator of the comic book Kill Shakespeare, dropped by for a visit and picked up my carving of the cover of KS Issue #1 to take with him to Hal-con in Halifax. This was Conor's first chance to see my pumpkins live and he agreed that pictures don't do them justice. So let me take this moment to say that if you get a chance to see a complex carving like this live, DO IT!
And another little piece of advice: pick up and read the comic book Kill Shakespeare. It is truly excellent!
October 28th, 2010 - SAGE Storytelling
Every year a few days before Hallowe'en, Pumpkinjack visits the SAGE program at Strathcona school in Hamilton. This is my daughter's school and their focus is arts and global education. Each year I pay a visit, tell a Hallowe'en story and carve a pumpkin. I am now recognized on sight by the kids there as "the pumpkin man." If any are inspired to pursue their goals rather than fear them, I will have done my job.