Pumpkin Patch

Guidestone’s 9th Annual Pumpkin Patch A Success!

On behalf of Guidestone’s Staff and Board of Directors, we would like to extend a resounding thank you to 24111149082_59672d38b4_meveryone in the community who participated in our 9th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival, the weekend of October 9-11.  Gorgeous weather set the stage for a fantastic weekend of fun activities, and an amazing turn out of festival-goers of all ages. We are grateful to all the attendees, volunteers, sponsors and partners that helped make the weekend a success!

After all of the planning leading up to the event, it is always so exciting to finally open up the gates and watch the weekend unfold.  Highlights of the event stand out to me through a variety of sensory images.

Some of my favorites include:

~The chug of Dennis Fischer’s old John Deere tractor coming and going from the entrance areas, and the jingle of bells on the draft horse team’s harness.  These both add a quaintness and beauty to the surrounding landscape that evoke an agricultural lifestyle, and are icon’s of our agricultural heritage.

~The beauty of the site itself!  Sunlight brightening the contrasting colors of golden Cottonwood trees against blue sky, bright orange pumpkins against the yellow-green of pasture grass, and the South Arkansas River flowing by it all.  The Hutchinson Ranch is a gem of agricultural open space, and we are so grateful to the Hutchinson Family for sharing their ranch with the community through this event.

~The sights and sounds of a community celebrating the season together.  The laughter of children in the maze, the smiles on freshly-painted cheeks, parental cheers as children try to catch that apple on a string (‘No hands, Mom!’), toes tapping to live music, the neigh of a pony with a bright-eyed youngster on its back, the smell of fresh-pressed apples and warm apple cider, the warmth of volunteers as they share the event with attendees young and old, a child endeavoring to carry a pumpkin much too big for their little arms.

These are just snippets of images that combined, all weave together to create a beautiful harvest festival tapestry!

The Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival is Guidestone’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch support the delivery of education programs, continued preservation efforts, and general operations of the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center, Guidestone’s homebase of operations.

Thank you again to all of the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who support the event.  And a special thanks to all of this year’s attendees – we couldn’t do it without you!

 

 

Pumpkin Patch Thank You

 

On behalf of Guidestone’s Staff and Board of Directors, we would like to extend a resounding thank you to everyone in the community who participated in our 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival, held again this year at the Hutchinson Ranch. It was a wonderful weekend of festivities and we are grateful to all the attendees, volunteers, sponsors and partners that helped make the weekend a success!

We would like to specifically thank the following individuals and organizations for helping make the Pumpkin Patch such a great event: Art & Abby Hutchinson and the staff and animals of the Hutchinson Ranch, Ralph Ogden of Mt. Princeton Riding Stables and his team of wranglers, draft horses and ponies, Dennis Fischer and his ’44 John Deere tractor, Ryan O’Brien for this year’s festive poster, Michelle Gap and Jeff Yoder of the Hey Bird Food Truck by Kalamatapit Catering, members of 4-H for pony rides, Dave Ward & CCFA for their cider press, Seth Roberts of Weathervane Farm, Mark Rittman from The Maverick Potter, Steph Perko & Terrie Brewer from Kaleidoscope Toys, Tami Deal and her African pygmy goats, and all of our hard-working and positive volunteers: Tom LeBaron, Carol McIlvaine, Samantha Lane, Katy Grether, Kathi Wardlow, Leisa Glass, Charis Cheeseman, Ann Colbert, Karen Lacy, Karen Fortier, Mark Zander,  Becky Nelson, Angie Jensen, Josh Visitacion, Anne Oliver, Jennifer Veazey, Dennis Gage, Danielle Riggio, Andrea Carlstrom, Reece, Ison, Monica and Andy White, Hazel Rittman, Leslie Champ, Kristine Smock, Sheli James, Ross Kontz, the Vineyards Youth Group, members of the SHS cross-country team, Deb Bass & her SHS students, George Mossman’s SMS 6th grade class, Christi Delaney & members of the SHS Key Club, Robin Lewis & the SCC AgriCorps crew, Talmadge Trujillo and students from Horizons Exploratory Academy.

Thanks as well to the following musicians for sharing their talent and creating such a festive atmosphere! Simpler Times Bluegrass, Scott Adams, Dave Tipton, Dan Woodbird, Stephen Smalzel, Salida Brass and Chris Nasca.

We also would like to thank the following businesses for their generous sponsorships: LiveWell Chaffee County, Natural Habitats Design/Build, Boathouse Cantina, Landmark Survey & Mapping, Rebound Physical Therapy, Brady’s West, Moonstone Farm, Nordstrom Design LLC, Flynn, Wright & Fredman LLC, Pinto Barn, Assurance Partners, and to the following businesses for their donations and contributions: Amicas, Chip Peddler, City on a Hill Coffee & Espresso, Fringe, Izze, Kaleidoscope Toys, Moonlight Pizza, Mountain Phoenix Coffee Roasters, Murdoch’s, Ploughboy, Salida Bread Co., The Salty Wench, Simple Foods, Sunshine Market, Sweeties and Vino Salida.

All of the proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch go to support Guidestone’s Farmhands Education Program, which provides hands-on, experiential farm & ranch education programs to school groups, children and families. Guidestone is a Chaffee County-based non-profit dedicated to strengthening the local food economy through the preservation of agricultural resources and education.

Community support is invaluable to the success of these programs, and we are grateful to be part of such an enthusiastic community that supports local food and local agriculture. Thanks again, and best wishes for a cozy winter.

 

Warm regards,

Guidestone Staff: Jennifer Tucker Visitacion, Andrea Earley Coen, David Lynch, Margaret Fitch, & OSM/VISTA Gunnar Paulsen

Guidestone Board: Tom Pokorny, Jane Fredman, Benjamin Kahn, Brian England, Natalie Amaroso, Erin Oliver, and Derald Brady.

For more information about Guidestone, visit www.guidestonecolorado.org

 

ps. to see more photos from the 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival, visit Guidestone’s Facebook page!

Pumpkin Patch 2013!

What is that I sense on the horizon… starlit horse-drawn wagon rides, straw-bale mazes, fresh-pressed apple cider?… it can only mean one thing…

Guidestone’s 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival

October 11-13, 2013

It is fast approaching and there are plenty of reasons to be excited for this year’s Pumpkin Patch! Kicking off the weekend on Friday will be our programs for school and youth groups, allowing them to experience all the excitement of the Pumpkin Patch before the gates open to the public. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

Friday evening will be a first for the Pumpkin Patch, featuring a Gala Dinner. Local foods will be a highlight with dinner provided by Salida’s own Kalamatapit Catering. The night will also feature live music by Simpler Times Bluegrass, moonlit rides on a horse-drawn wagon to the twinkle-lit pumpkin patch, and a nice warm bonfire to round out the evening. Tickets for Friday night are $35 and sure to sell out, so get yours here!

On Saturday and Sunday we’ll have all the staples you’ve come to expect – horse-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, tractor rides, crafts and children’s activities, face painting, pony rides, chicken bingo, great food and live music – and some new activities to keep the harvest fresh – a storytelling station for younguns, field games for the older kids, a family photo booth on Saturday to capture the moment (proceeds to support the Two’s Program) – all culminating in a one-of-a-kind family festival on the historic Hutchinson Ranch. Get your tickets here: $5/day in advance, or $7 at the door.

All entrance fees and bake sale proceeds go towards supporting Guidestone’s Farmhands Youth Education Programs. And it really does take a village to make it all come together, so if you want to have a great time and support a good cause, please volunteer! You can find a detailed list of volunteer shifts here, indicate your preference and we’ll get right back to you.
The Pumpkin Patch also welcomes sponsorships, of which there are various levels suitable for any business looking to support wellness, local agriculture, or place-based education for youth. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event, please click here for more information. Thanks!
Special thanks to our sponsors Mt. Princeton Riding Stables, LiveWell Chaffee County, Boathouse Cantina, & Landmark Surveying and Mapping.
For more information go to www.guidestonecolorado.org or contact  gunnar@guidestonecolorado.org
We hope to see you there!

Pumpkin Patch Thank You!

 On behalf of Guidestone’s Board of Directors and staff, we would like to extend a resounding thank you to everyone in the community who participated in our 6th Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival, this year held at the Hutchinson Ranch.  It was a wonderful weekend of festivities, and we are grateful to all the attendees, volunteers, sponsors and partners that helped make the weekend a success!

Abby & Wendell “Hutch” Hutchinson

We would like to specifically thank the following individuals, organizations and animals for helping make the Pumpkin Patch such a great event: Art & Abby Hutchinson and the staff and animals of the Hutchinson Ranch, Ralph Ogden of Arkansas Valley Trail Rides and his team of wranglers, draft horses and ponies, Dennis Fischer and his John Deere tractor, Weathervane Farm for providing pumpkins, Colorado Grown Distribution Center, GARNA and all of our hard-working and positive volunteers: Deb Bass, Shannon Bevington, Michael Blazewicz, Ruby Brown, Leslie Champ, Charis Cheeseman, Travis & Ann Colbert, Cecilia & Tess Darracott, Tami Deal, Christi Lee Delaney, Karen Fortier, Michael Hayes and students from Horizons Exploratory Academy, Nancy Hunt, Angie Jensen, Emily Karls, Karen Lacy, Elizabeth Laesecke, Samantha Lane, Karen & Kelsey Lundberg, David Lynch, Claudia Mann, Melissa McKenna, Amy McMillan, Dee Miller, Anne Oliver, Mesa & Lily Pinto, Danielle Riggio, Seth, Caitlin & Juniper Roberts, Joan & Randy Roberts, Beth Sather, Claire Shepard, Susan Skye, Kristine Smock, Faith Spino, Isaac Stackonis, Betsy Steinberg & Family, Josh & Sam Visitacion, Mark Zander. 

Linda, Jack, Steve & Greg

Thanks as well to the following musicians for sharing their talent and creating such a festive atmosphere!  Pierce Gresham, Sam Pankratz, Carl Meinecke, Drew Murzda, Elisha McArthur, Dave Tipton, Greg Walters, Linda Lovell, Jack Chivvis and Stephen Smalzell.

We also would like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorships or in-kind donations: Arkansas Valley Trail Rides, LiveWell Chaffee County, The Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery, Erin’s Organics Geothermal Greenhouse, Simple Foods, Izze, The Chip Peddler, Ploughboy, Scanga’s, Hutchinson Ranch Grass-Fed Beef, Mountain Phoenix Coffee Roasters, City On A Hill Roastery and Sweetie’s Bakery.

All of the proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch go to support Guidestone’s Farmhands Education Program, which provides hands-on, experiential farm & ranch education programs to school groups, children and families.  Guidestone is a Chaffee County-based non-profit dedicated to strengthening the local food economy through the preservation of agricultural resources and education.

Community support is invaluable to the success of these programs, and we are grateful to be part of such an enthusiastic community that supports local food and local agriculture.  Thanks again, and best wishes for a cozy winter.  We hope to see you on the farm again soon!

Tom Pokorny & Jen Visitacion at the welcome table!

Warm regards,
Guidestone Staff: Jennifer Tucker Visitacion, Andrea Earley Coen and Margaret Fitch
Guidestone Board: Brian England, Tom Pokorny, Judie Anders, Erin Oliver, Paul Houser and Derald Brady.

Pumpkin Patch crowd in the barn

Watching apples go through the cider press!

Making corn husk dolls

Chip & Dale waiting for a wagon load of kids to head out to the pumpkin patch

Joan & Randy Roberts ready to sell pumpkins and gourds

Busy hands at the craft table

Simpler Times Bluegrass Band taking advantage of late afternoon sunlight on Friday evening

Getting ready for a pony ride

Art & Wendell “Hutch” Hutchinson enjoying the festivities

Dennis Fischer and his hard-working John Deere tractor delivering folks to the barn

Angie Jensen working the cider press with some enthusiastic helpers

Guidestone’s 6th Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival

October 26 – 28, 2012

Friday 1pm to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

New Location! The Hutchinson Ranch, Salida

on Hwy 50 between Salida and Poncha Springs

 


Autumn in the Upper Arkansas Valley is a wonderful time to celebrate with seasonal festivities around the abundant harvest!  One great event for children and families will be Guidestone’s 6th Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival at the Hutchinson Ranch in Salida. The Pumpkin Patch Festival is a 3-day celebration open to the public, which offers a variety of activities and fun for the whole family.

You can join in on a horse-drawn wagon ride pulled by one of Arkansas Valley Trail Rides’ team of horses out to the pumpkin patch where you can pick the perfect pumpkin for Halloween.  Other engaging activities will include pony rides, an apple-cider press, crafts for the children, face painting, farm games, storytelling, and playing chicken bingo! Enjoy a barbecue meal with hot-apple cider and homemade baked goods.   We are proud to be serving meals featuring foods that are locally-sourced, raised, grown, roasted and made!

New this year includes Friday evening in the Pumpkin Patch!  Stay for dinner, listen to the music of the Simpler Times Stringband, hang out around the bonfire, and stroll the twinkle-lit path to the pumpkin patch.  Experience the magic of the ranch after dark!

Also new this year is a Special Group Rate for school groups and youth organizations to visit the pumpkin patch on Friday morning before it opens to the public.  Reservations required!  For more info and to register, click HERE!

Admission is $5 in advance – click HERE to purchase tickets! and $7 at the door.  Children 2 and under are free!  The cost of admission and the proceeds from the barbeque and baked goods will support Farmhands, Guidestone’s education program.

Guidestone is a Salida-based non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the local food economy through the preservation of agricultural resources and education. Guidestone’s Farmhands Education Program provides hands-on farm and ranch education opportunities for children, school groups and families.

Come Join In The Fun!

Special thanks to Arkansas Valley Trail Rides, LiveWell Chaffee County, Colorado Grown, Weathervane Farm, Cottonwood Creek Dairy and the Hutchinson Family for hosting and ongoing support!
For more information go to www.guidestonecolorado.org or contact andrea@guidestonecolorado.org