Pumpkins on Fire

Ceramic face jugs and Jack o’lanterns — all handmade by area artist Sam Dowd — await glazing and firing when the Art Association hosts its annual Pumpkins on Fire festivities.

The Art Association of Jackson Hole is postponing its annual Halloween art-making event scheduled for this week.

“Pumpkins on Fire,” originally set to begin at 4 p.m. Friday in the Center for the Arts’ Glenwood parking area, allows participants to pick a ceramic pumpkin or a jug bearing a spooky or silly face and watch professional artists fire it in outdoor Raku kilns.

However, Teton County’s spike this week into the high-risk “red” zone, for COVID-19 cases and transmission led event organizers to delay the event out of caution.

“We have been keeping a close eye on the current Covid-19 situation and have made the difficult decision of postponing our Pumpkins on Fire event,” said Anika Youcha, the Art Association director of communications. “We are really hoping to still have the event as it is such a great one to bring the community together. We will keep you all posted.”

The family-friendly event was set to feature soup, cider, s’mores, face-painting and live music.

“We thank you for your understanding,” Youcha said. “Stay tuned for updates, and please stay safe and healthy.”

Teton County health officials this week alerted residents to “alarming increases” in COVID-19 cases in the community, including a peak number of cases on Oct. 2, which set the record for the most active cases at once since the outbreak began in the spring.

“We are asking all community members to decrease their viral footprint by reducing the amount they are moving around the community,” Teton County Health Director Jodie Pond said in a news release Tuesday. “Our data is showing that people are getting COVID-19 from people they know and not strangers.”

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