Pumpkins

Fall is the best. All of the Aspens up at the Maroon Bells are changing. I can finally wear my fall wardrobe, which is vastly superior to the shorts and polos I wear all summer. And of course, I get to pick a pumpkin and carve it.

On Saturday, the folks over at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Snowmass are hosting their annual pumpkin patch. The event is a fundraiser for the schoolhouse and this is its fourth year in its current form. However, this year the event has moved to the ice skating rink next to the new Collective.

“East West approached me to have a community event to wrap up the season,” said Carlie Umbarger, a member of the schoolhouse board. “It’s an awesome space with all sorts of games and opportunities to have people come down to Base Village.”

Umbarger said that the patch was an old annual event for the schoolhouse that was revived as a fundraiser. The schoolhouse provides the only toddler center and preschool in Snowmass and is located in the same building that was built in 1894. She added that the patch is one of the major fundraisers for the school, along with a gala that is scheduled to debut its first run in December, also at the Collective.

“The Little Red Schoolhouse is really a mom-and-pop-shop,” Umbarger said. “We serve as a catalyst for building a community. With so much history, it’s pretty neat.”

This Saturday’s event will feature a horde of pumpkins, which are sourced from a farm near Rifle, for kids and families to choose. Along with the pumpkins, there will also be a bouncy house, lawn games, pumpkin decorating, chances to splash around in the fountain if the weather holds and some fall treats (yes, including pie). Tickets to the event cost $10 and each pumpkin is an additional $10, with all proceeds benefiting the schoolhouse. The patch will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and parking is available in the Base Village Garage. For more information on the schoolhouse, visit mylittleredschoolhouse.org.

“Come enjoy this beautiful weekend in Snowmass Village,” Umbarger said.

Chapman is the web editor for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at chapman@aspendailynews.com or on Twitter @Nescwick.