Annual Pumpkin Patch



CRC celebrates 34th Pumpkin Patch!


The 34th annual Pumpkin Patch was a chilly but happy affair Saturday, Oct. 22, in front of the CRC’s Family Services building at 14 W. Lakeview Ave.

The free event is a “gift” from the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center to this incredibly supportive community. Lots of fun seasonal activities were planned, including an apple cider press, pumpkin decorating, face-painting, a chance to learn more about creepy-crawlies and lots

The Kids Club staff introduced several new kids games to the event, and students who are members of Whetstone High School’s new Key Club also participated for the first time. They collected children’s books and made Pumpkin Patch badges.

Visitors to the Pumpkin Patch who donated at least three cans of food were allowed to take home a free pumpkin — one per household.

More than 660 food items were donated and the event also brought in nearly $1,400 contributed to CRC programs.

This year’s event was supported by UnitedHealthcare, the Kiwanis Club of Northern Columbus and the Civitan Club of North Columbus.

Members of the CRC’s Senior Supportive Services program organized a bake sale to support their activities. The Kiwanis sold lunch food for a nominal cost.

For more information, call 614-268-3539.

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Save the date — this year’s Pumpkin Patch will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in front of the CRC’s facility at 14 W. Lakeview Ave.!

Stop back for more information as the date draws nearer!




We have flipped our calendars over to October, which means the CRC’s annual Pumpkin Patch party for the community is right around the corner.

This year’s event, the 32nd time it’s been hosted by the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, will be held Saturday, Oct. 25. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the CRC’s 14 W. Lakeview Ave. facility.

Special guests for this year’s Pumpkin Patch include Wolfgang Parker, author of the Clintonville-based Crime Cats series, who will sell his books and donate a portion of the proceeds to the CRC’s pet food supplies. He’ll be joined by representatives from Cat Welfare, who will talk about the myths behind black cats, and Columbus Recreation and Parks staff are bringing some “creepy crawlies” to show visitors.

Plenty of seasonal activities are planned, including pumpkin decorating, facepainting, apple-cider making, caramel apples and more.

The Northern Kiwanis Club, one of the event’s sponsors, will be cooking on the grill and baked goods will be sold by the CRC and its seniors. Experience Clintonville also is a sponsor of the event.

For more information, call 614-268-3539.




A popular autumn tradition continues Oct. 26, when the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center hosts its 31st annual Pumpkin Patch.

The Saturday event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CRC, 14 W. Lakeview Ave. That’s right at the corner of Lakeview and North High Street, four blocks south of North Broadway. The first block of Lakeview will be closed during the festivities.

Central to the annual Pumpkin Patch is the offer of a free pumpkin for every family – one per household – when they donate three or more cans of food. This year’s collection is more important than ever, as rising costs of food and a growing number of families in need have put even greater pressure on the food pantry to keep up with the demands.

Plenty of other family-friendly activities are planned, including games and prizes, face painting, making fresh apple cider, a bake sale, karaoke and a “Black Cat” educational booth offered by the Cat Welfare Association.

The Kiwanis Club of North Columbus, sponsors of the event, will be grilling hot dogs for sale.

The first Pumpkin Patch grew from a compost pile at an early community garden organized by the CRC. When pumpkins began sprouting unexpectedly, one idea was to allow neighbors to take a pumpkin in exchange for a food donation. This fall community event has taken place ever since.

The CRC’s new facility at 3222 N. High St., just across the street, also will be open for tours and to allow the public to see a new art exhibit organized by Art Party Columbus. For more information on this organization, visit the website

For more information on the CRC and the many services it offers, visit the website or call 614-268-3539.