The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

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    The Great Pumpkin Patch
    The Great Pumpkin Patch has thousands to choose from

    With plenty of time for Halloween, a Palo Alto pumpkin patch will offer decorative pieces that don't need candles to shine because they are pumpkins made entirely of  glass.

    Now entering its 15th year, the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch will offer for sale 8,000 iridescent and opaque glass pumpkins made by about 35  artists.  That wasn't a typo.  They have 8,000 items for sale and every one is unique.

    This year, pumpkin collectors will be able to see how the glass pumpkins are made, event spokeswoman Sharon Poynor said.

    The pumpkins were made available for viewing  through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, they will be offered  for sale.   This is being held at the Palo Alto Art Center at 1313 Newell Road.

    The patch features about 1,000 more pumpkins than it did last  year, said Rebecca Barbee, an arts producer at the Palo Alto Art Center,  which is hosting the event.

    "For some reason, people love glass pumpkins," she said. "They  hold a special place in the hearts of people who enjoy collecting glass."

     Barbee said the patch started 15 years ago with 750 glass pumpkins and sold out. She added that she's seen several glass pumpkin patches spring  up across the U.S. that were inspired by the Palo Alto patch, including ones  in Washington, Massachusetts, and Texas.

     Pumpkin prices at the Palo Alto patch range from $25 to $700. The artists set the prices, and buyers are not allowed to bid on the pumpkins.

     This year's festival will offer some unique pieces, including a glass pumpkin teapot, Barbee said.

    The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, but many people arrive much earlier to be the first in line once the pumpkins go on  sale, Poyner said.

     "There is a rush for them," Poyner said. "Sometimes people line up starting at 3 a.m."

    Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members donating at least $250 to the center can attend a presale event at 5:30 p.m. Friday that includes food.

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