Festival of Pumpkins
October 22, 2016
Providence, Rhode Island
October 17-18, 2016
In my years of travel I had to ask myself if I’d ever been to Rhode Island. In my asking, I quickly learned that this is my first visit this far Northeast.
Work requires me to be here and I have made the most of my time. For starters, my flight landed in Providence and since my work is spread throughout the surrounding area, I have explored a number of places; although my temporary home and work base is in Somerset and Westport/Fall River for the week.
Upon arrival to unfamiliar territory, one of the first things I like to do is learn the behavior of the local residents. Are they friendly? Do they smile or do they avoid eye contact? Are they helpful if you ask for directions or are they non responsive? Never wanting to stand out and call attention to myself, my goal is to fit in as much as possible and avoid conflict.
The people I have encountered have been beyond pleasant. The sea of courtesy and friendliness is incredibly unbelievable!
October is such beautiful month. The Fall season brings a shift in weather as you begin to see the leaves fall from the trees. The mornings are cool, the days are comfortable and the nights are crisp.
It is Tuesday and the work day has been put to rest. The evening is upon us and we are headed over to Roger Williams Zoo Park for the annual Jack-O-Lantern Festival.
Over 5,000 pumpkins have been uniquely crafted, carved and designed for this special event. With various pumpkins on display, it is a sight to behold and a true testament to artistry at work.
The sections throughout the park have a number of themes ranging from the current presidential election to humanitarian leaders in our history to rock-n-roll to sports to hollywood and tinseltown.
Below are a few photographs captured from the evening. I hope you find them as fascinating as the experience. Enjoy!