The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping. And that means fall is in the air.

To celebrate the start of fall, the Keystone College Glass Program will hold its social distancing ‘Glass Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Sale’ on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on the campus lawn.

Keystone professor Brandon Smith, who oversees the glass program, says it’s the perfect place to find some fall decorations.

“There’s going to be a multitude of pumpkins, gourds, some of the students were making little ghosts,” Smith said. “There’s even going to be some ceramic mugs and jewelry that our ceramics kids have been working on.”

The main highlight of the event will be the ‘Great Glass Pumpkin Patch’ where patrons can venture around the grounds and pick their very own glass pumpkin and other seasonal items such as acorns, gourds and lots of other special surprises.

This fundraiser is one of the biggest events that the KC glass program puts on during the year, and a lot of students contribute to make the event a success.

“The entire glass program helps out, they’ve been working really hard in the glass blowing studio all semester,” Smith said. “We usually get a group of 12-14 people from ceramics who submit their work. The art students submit some of their work. It’s an overall team effort from a lot of people.”

Like almost everything else in the world, the fundraiser will look a little bit different this year with safety precautions being taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks will be required and proper social distancing measures are expected to be followed.

“Normally this event is part of our homecoming celebration, however with a lot of the homecoming events not happening this year, we were able to save out a little extra space than we normally would,” Smith said. “Normally we ask you not to touch the supplies unless you’re going to buy the supplies. That rule has never been more true than it is this year.”

All proceeds will benefit the individual artists and the Keystone College Glass Program.

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