we didn’t go pumpkin picking, but…

October 25, 2009 |  Category:   craft holidays nyc outings

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…we didn’t need to. Old Navy sponsored an “urban” pumpkin patch and brought it to us. We didn’t end up going pumpkin picking this year due to various work things and inclement weather, so I was happy and curious to go to this event held in the cobblestoned streets of the Meat Packing District, right across the street from Pastis (and yes, I was jealous of every brunch goer there that morning). Held under huge tents because of the drizzle, the pumpkin patch was quirky and cheeky in an Old Navy way (lots of creepy store mannequins in the patch and a “petting zoo” of costumed mannequin dogs). With a $5 per family entrance fee with proceeds donated to the Food Bank of New York City, you could eat as much candy, chocolate, popcorn, cotton candy (the kids’ first taste of the stuff), apples, pears and drinks as you wanted (I totally fueled my craving for Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and shoved some in my bag for later too). And the pumpkins? Free. The girls painted theirs up in thick layers of paint which would have taken forever to dry so we left ours there and took 2 new ones to decorate back home. See those all red ones? Claudine had a Richard Dreyfuss moment and got into a red groove when she painted 2 all red, monochromatic pumpkins. All in all, a really fun event in a charming downtown location, waaay too much sugar, and all for a good cause.

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  • Anna October 25, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I LOVE the red! I’m tempted to do it myself.

  • Amanda October 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

    What a fun and creative event! As a kid, I would have loved to decorate a pumpkin with all kinds of paint and craft materials. Plus, the all you can eat popcorn would have mad me happy too!

  • lesley October 25, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    looks like it was a super fun time. gorgeous pictures, as always. you have a great eye for capturing emotion and atmosphere through your photography, it’s always a joy to scroll through your posts!

  • shannon October 25, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    these images are so filled with joy! makes me want to go decorate pumpkins right now.

    thanks for sharing!

  • City Mitten October 25, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Wow, that whole thing looks so fun! I love the pictures!

  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert October 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Awesome! Especially that you didn’t have to leave your neighborhood to do it.

    Did you end up seeing ‘She Who Must Not Be Named’? Did you get photos?

  • Kitty October 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Orange fairy floss!!! I’ve only ever had pink or light blue.

    Looks like a great atmosphere + lots of cool looking pumpkins.

  • Andrew Thornton October 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

    You guys always look like you have so much fun!

  • Jenna October 26, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Lecia,
    Martha zoned in on the savory, rather than sweets, but the crew took a bunch of closeup shots of the table so we’ll see if any of it makes in on air. Either way, I heard that the flea was a zoo with her entourage and gawkers. Should be an interesting episode (all about brooklyn & food) in any case.

  • Jenna October 26, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Kitty, is that what they call cotton candy over there? Fairy floss? How fun!

  • veronica October 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    haha! yes- we say fairy floss! a bit weird when i think about what it actually means! and i LOVE claudine’s “minimalist in red” approach. The kid is way beyond her years…

  • Rebecca October 26, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    what a joyful mess! I love what the french call cotton candy “papa’s beard”. It Does look like a beard, in a wildly colorful, wonderful way.

  • decor8 Holly October 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I thought those were dogs with masks on. But they are old navy faux dogs. Weird. 🙂

    Love the photos of your daughter painting and with the cotton candy (Zuckerwatte or “sugar cotton” in German) – she’s darling.

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