Night of the Jack o' Lanterns
An evening featuring food tasting, pumpkin carving and fun for the entire family to benefit Alpine students and schools.
About Last Year’s Event…
Master Carver Gene Granata displayed some of his jack o’ lantern creations and offered carving tips, at the Alpine Education Foundation’s inaugural Night of the Jack o’ Lanterns event held at the Alpine Creek Town Center on Thursday, October 15. The event was free for all ages and drew a crowd of several hundred.
In addition to the appearance by Granata, the event featured food tasting from Alpine Creek Town Center restaurants, a “seasonal ale” tasting experience at Barons Market, a jack o’ lantern judging contest, music and special demonstrations for the kids. Participating restaurants included Alpine Beer Company, Ahi Sushi, La Carreta, Mediterraneo and Barons Market. A separate ticket was required for the food and ale tasting and net proceeds for the event benefitted greater Alpine students.
ABOUT GENE GRANATA If you’ve ever seen intricately carved pumpkins on NFL broadcasts or TV shows, there’s a good chance it was carved by Master Carver Gene Granata. An engineer by day, Granata started carving pumpkins when he was 5 years old and has since turned his hobby into a seasonal side business. Granata’s creations range from illustrations, company logos and faces commissioned by TV broadcasters, corporations and celebrities, including Tom Cruise and Nicolas Cage. Each year, Granata professionally carves approximately 200 pumpkins.