Ceramic pumpkins

Sure, you’ve picked pumpkins. But have you ever hand-fired a ceramic face jug? The Art Association of Jackson Hole’s “Pumpkins on Fire” event Friday will give potters-in-the-making the opportunity to glaze and fire their own pumpkins and jugs.

Ceramic pumpkins

No, this isn’t the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

This is the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s “Pumpkins on Fire” fundraiser, a ceramics-focused afternoon giving potters a chance to glaze and fire a ceramic pumpkin or “face jug.”

If a face jug is a new art form for you, know this: It’s a centuries-old ceramic practice. Theories suggest the American tradition originated on plantations where African slaves would use the jugs to mark graves and scare away evil spirits.

Entry to Pumpkins on Fire, which will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, is free. Ceramic pumpkins will cost $5 to $35, depending on size. The cost of face jugs will range from $25 to $55. Soup from E.leaven Food Co. can be purchased for $20, including the cost of a ceramic cup. Cider, old-fashioneds and s’mores will also be available. All proceeds benefit the Art Association’s Linda MacGregor Ceramics Studio.

For information, visit ArtAssociation.org.

Get rollin’

The first real snow has fallen in Teton County, so you know what that means: Roller derby season is right around the corner.

Jackson’s own roller derby squad, the Jackson Hole Juggernauts, will host free recruiting events from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cutty’s Bar and Grill, and again at the same time Oct. 16 at Wildlife Brewing in Victor, Idaho.

Recruitment nights will be followed by “try-it” nights. Visit Facebook.com and search “Roller Derby Recruitment Night” for more details.

Swap ideas about coal with Yin

Even though the mines may seem far away to Jacksonites, Wyoming is a coal state.

On Thursday, state Rep. Mike Yin, D-Teton, will bring the conversation about coal to Teton County Library when he hosts the second Swap Meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Yin will focus the discussion on the article “Coal. Guns. Freedom. A week in the life of the town that keeps your lights on,” published in The California Sunday Magazine.

Visit TCLib.org/1351/swapmeet to find a link to this week’s article. The conversation is free, as always.

Get laughin’

You know you need it.

Jackson’s resident improv troupe, the Laff Staff, is kicking off its fall season with 8 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday.

Ticket can be found at JHCenterForTheArts.org.

Alohomora

Unleash your inner Harry Potter nerd this Saturday, when Teton County Library opens its doors for Harry Potter Family Day.

From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., library staff will give witches and wizards the opportunity to explore Diagon Alley, with stops for drinks at the Leaky Cauldron, galleons at Gringotts Wizarding Bank and wands at Ollivander’s Wand Shop. Wizarding families can also have the sorting hat determine their house. Costumes are encouraged.

The event is free, and registration is not required. For details, visit TCLib.org.

Build a ’scope

Calling all Carl Sagans of Teton County.

Wyoming Stargazing is hosting a telescope building workshop, guided by Samuel Singer with instructions from the late amateur astronomer John Dobson. The finished product will be an 8-inch telescope mirror and Dobsonian telescope mount to house it.

The workshop starts at 7 p.m. Monday and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays until Nov. 6 at Tickling the Beast, 535 Deer Drive Lane, Units 513 and 514.

The workshop costs $400 per person, including materials. To register, email info@dwjh.org or call 733-6398.

A pretty good dad

After telling stories for 25 years in 13 countries and 45 states, for more than 3 million people (according to his website), bilingual storyteller Antonio Sacre returns to Jackson.

In a free 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday event at the Rose, Sacre will perform material from his soon-to-be-released storytelling album, “World’s Second Best Dad.”

More information can be found at TCLib.org.

— Billy Arnold

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7062 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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