December 7, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Fall Festival Brings Family Fun

By Sam Skopp

 

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the annual Fall Festival returned to Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica. The yearly event, primarily for children, provided a plethora of activities such as pumpkin decorating and “lasso the horse,” while allowing local organizations a chance to meet with the Santa Monica community.

Luke Hayes is a local artist who first became involved with the Fall Festival last year, when he was invited to decorate large pumpkins, in a live painting demonstration. The pumpkins he and other artists painted were then displayed in the window of the Pico Branch library located in the park.

“I’ve been friends with the park for years,” Hayes said. “When they asked me to do some designs on pumpkins I was down.”

Hayes explained that he likes to paint the pumpkins with a variety of art styles, from photorealistic designs to graffiti art characters.

Another annual tradition at the Fall Festival is Santa Monica College’s Glass Sculpture staff and students creating glass pumpkins, which are sold at the festival. Faculty member Terri Bromberg explained that every year, the students and faculty that make the pumpkins experiment with different colors, patterns, techniques, reductions and more to create new, unique pumpkins, which leads to the wide variety available at the festival.

“We’re always experimenting with new combinations,” Bromberg said. “We demonstrate in class at Santa Monica College how the pumpkins are made. Then [students] get to try it during their practice time.”

Other groups and activities included a prize wheel set up by the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment, farm animal mask crafts with the reDiscover Center, pumpkin decorating by Familias Latinas Unidas, bilingual children’s music by Nathalia, and more.

For more information about upcoming events at Virginia Avenue Park and other family-friendly spaces around town, visit smgov.net.

Photos: Sam Skopp

Related Posts

Film Review – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

FILM REVIEWBLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVERRated PG161 MinutesReleased November 11th Director Ryan Coogler is a Homer for our generation, recounting our...

“Art at the Airport” and 18th Street Arts Center Host Annual Winter Party

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

Free event set for December 10 By Keemia Zhang The local organization “Art at the Airport” has collaborated with the...

Film Review: “Fabelmans”

November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

FILM REVIEWTHE FABELMANSRated PG-13151 MinutesReleased November 11th In 1999 Steven Spielberg was considering making a film about his childhood called...

Film Review: “The Banshees Of Inisherin”

November 13, 2022

November 13, 2022

FILM REVIEWTHE BANSHEES OF INISHERINRated R109 MinutesReleased October 21st A Banshee is a female spirit from Irish Folklore who marks...

Live Art Auction At Bergamot Station This Sunday

November 1, 2022

November 1, 2022

Santa Monica Auctions is hosting its bi-annual live art auction this Sunday November 6th starting at 1pm, see some of...

Santa Monica Auctions Announces Return of Longtime Annual Fall Auction

October 28, 2022

October 28, 2022

Robert Berman’s beloved event returns to Bergamot Station on November 6 By Susan Payne Santa Monica Auctions, an independently owned...

Film Review: “Amsterdam”

October 21, 2022

October 21, 2022

FILM REVIEWAMSTERDAMRated R134 MinutesReleased October 7th The opening screen of “Amsterdam” posts the message, “A lot of this really happened.”...

Film Review: “Blonde”

October 21, 2022

October 21, 2022

FILM REVIEW“Blonde”Rated NC-17166 MinutesReleased September 28th at Netflix Theatres and Online “Blonde” is not a biopic. It’s director Andrew Dominik’s...

Matthew López’s West Coast Premiere of the Astonishing “The Inheritance”

October 21, 2022

October 21, 2022

ACT 1: The West Coast premiere of the internationally acclaimed “The Inheritance,” Matthew López’s six hour and 25 minute sprawling...

Film Review: Don’t Worry Darling

October 7, 2022

October 7, 2022

DON’T WORRY DARLINGRated R122 MinutesReleased September 23rd Don’t Worry Darling is a fascinating Psyho-SciFi concept, and the full house audience...