Pensacola, Florida
Sunday May 20th 2018


Not Your Average Pumpkin Party

By Sarah McCartan


When it comes to pumpkins, the sad truth is that even the ones you select to adorn your stoop with this fall that you opt not to carve, won’t outlast the season. They eventually must go by the wayside, or get eaten. That is, unless they’re glass pumpkins. That’s a whole different story. Once again Scott Novota of Strong Street Studio is unveiling a spread of his hand-blown glass pumpkins for sale to help you keep the harvest alive long after fall is over—or even year round if you so choose.

For Scott and his wife Molli, there’s no better way to share these pumpkins than with a signature pumpkin party. Beginning as a backyard bonfire gathering with family, friends and 100 pumpkins, the party has since become a tradition that has continued to grow—now nearly 1000 pumpkins strong. Currently in its seventh year, this year’s annual Strong Street Studio Pumpkin Party takes place Oct. 5 and 6, in a new location—underneath tents at the southern end of Jaco’s Bayfront Bar and Grill.

“With close to a thousand pumpkins displayed on stacked pallets and hay bales, it’s quite a sight,” said Molli Novota. “We often refer to it as the glass version of the Willy Wonka entirely edible room. The colors are stunning and mesmerizing.”

These ornate pumpkins, gourds and acorns abound in a variety of colors, ranging from bright electrics to more subtle fall staples, and even shiny silver and gold. Much like those of the garden varieties, they range in all shapes and sizes—no two are alike.

“The sizes range from golf balls to bigger than basketballs,” said Novota. “We typically have around 800 to 1000 plus pieces for sale ranging from $15 to $300. Our most popular being in the $45-$65 range.”

In keeping with tradition, art and metal works by Ben Bogan will accompany the pumpkins. And since a party wouldn’t truly be a party without some extra entertainment and fall festive fun, there will be live music by Martha’s Trouble. Plus, like any good host, Jaco’s is offering drink specials.

“We like to think of it as a fun and social event, not just a sale,” said Novota. “With the bay in the background, it’s going to be an amazing weekend. Guests can pick their pumpkins, grab a cocktail and take in some good tunes and sights!”

Although the party is a two-day affair, the pumpkins will surely go fast, and individuals have even been known to line up ahead of time in waiting, so it is advised to get there early so you can have your pick. If you are especially eager to call first dibs on any of the pumpkins, Strong Street Studio is hosting a preview sale and dinner by Culinary Productions, Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Museum of Commerce. For ticket information, call 469-0445. A selection of pumpkins will also be available at Susan Campbell Jewelry and McAlpin Interiors. Pumpkins can also be made to order by request of Scott Novota.

WHEN: 12 – 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6
WHERE: Behind Jaco’s Bayfront Bar and Grill, 997 S. Palafox St.
COST: Free to attend, pumpkins available for purchase