Local glassblower brings the first Glass Pumpkin Patch to Hocking Hills

Creating a pumpkin for Jack Pine’s Glass Pumpkin Patch
Photo courtesy of ExploreHockingHills.com

Natural social distancing and gorgeous fall scenery awaits visitors

LOGAN, OH – As the best time to experience the vibrant fall foliage gets into full swing, Explore Hocking Hills announced that Jack Pine Studios will host Jack Pine’s Glass Pumpkin Patch 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 22-25. After 25 years of being featured at the Circleville Pumpkin Show, Pine is hosting created glass pumpkin show, as a way of helping guests, artists and vendors displaced by the festival cancellation. The new highly collectible Pumpkin of The Year, crafted from gleaming black glass with hints of shimmery silver, represents the silver lining of hope within the darkness of 2020.

Jack Pine Studio Glass Pumpkins.

As part of community-wide efforts to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of visitors, artists and staff, only 75 people will be admitted for each two-hour time slot. Tickets are $5 and go toward any purchase made at the glass shop. With several acres of land serving as Jack Pine’s outdoor studio, along with a vibrant indoor gallery and demonstration studio, there is plenty of space for people to browse and watch as glass is being blown. Open time slots can be booked at www.jackpinestudio.com. Complete travel information for the Hocking Hills can be found at ExploreHockingHills.com.

“We wanted to create something new and fun and artistic,” said Artist Jack Pine. “Hundreds and hundreds of unique hand-blown glass pumpkins of every color and size will be spread across the field in front of our studio as a way celebrate the changing colors in the great outdoors. It will be a sight to see!”

Blowing glass at Jack Pine Studio.

Pine added that an artist’s market on the sprawling studio grounds will feature 10 fine craftsmen and women from around Ohio and the nation. Everything from beautiful birdhouses to stoneware, pottery, metal sculpture, stained glass lanterns and miniature glass pieces will be on display and for sale. Pumpkin ice cream, donuts and rolls will be complete the sensory experience, along with food vendors serving bourbon chicken, Texas tenderloin sandwiches, Amish noodles, funnel cakes and more.

As a graduate of the esteemed Columbus College of Art & Design, Jack Pine forged his signature glass-blowing technique working in world-renowned glass houses in Seattle before returning home to southern Ohio where he continues to perfect his craft. He is well-known for his extraordinary hand-blown radiant glass pieces inspired by the beauty of nature’s organic forms.

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Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio’s Hocking Hills offers affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. Miles of hiking trails, parks and forests; ziplines and guide services; and many more once-in-a-lifetime experiences join unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. 

Complete traveler information is available ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

Seeing as this pumpkin time and the Circleville Pumpkin Show is a celebration of all things orange, I thought I’d share recipes from the annual show.


The Circleville Pumpkin Show puts an intriguing autumn twist on the traditional sloppy Joe. “You’ve got a pretty good hint of pumpkin in it,” says Todd Ruff, who serves the dish at the festival’s Booster Club stand. “It’s actually very good.” 

Pumpkin Burgers | Serves 4 to 6
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 12-ounce jar chili sauce
1 can tomato soup
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

In a large pan, brown ground beef and chopped onion together. Stir in all other ingredients and bring to a simmer. Let the mixture cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns.


Circleville Pumpkin Show Fudge
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup melted butter, do not use margarine
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup pumpkin, canned or cooked
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
12 ounces white chocolate morsels
1 jar 7 ounce marshmallow cream
1 cup chopped pecans, or your choice chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Grease a 9″ square pan and line with foil.

In a heavy saucepan combine sugar, butter, pumpkin, milk, corn syrup and pumpkin pie spice Cook stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
Continue cooking, stirring constantly until a candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees (soft ball stage ) about 12 minutes.

Remove from heat. Stir in morsels, marshmallow cream, nuts, and vanilla.

Pour into prepared pan. Let stand 2 hours or until completely cooled. Turn pan over onto cutting board and remove foil. Cut fudge into squares.

Photo courtesy of the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

A Seriously Big Pumpkin Pie

Lindsey’s Bakery each year prepares a huge pumpkin pie, 6 ft. in diameter and weighing over 400 pounds. It is on display in their bakery at 127 W. Main Street.

Want their recipe? Here it is, but be sure to invite a crowd.

100 lbs. of cooked pumpkin, 40 lbs. of sugar, 26 gallons of milk, 15 doz. eggs, 4 lbs. of cornstarch, 1 1/4 lb. pumpkin spice, 1 1/4 lb. of salt, 42 lbs. of pie dough.

Bake 6 hours. Cool 6 hours. At the end of the four day event, the giant pie is donated to area hogs who look forward to a real treat.