Pick a Great Pumpkin in Garden City!


Linus(Excited) There he is! There he is! (A giant silhouette of Snoopy rises up)

It’s the Great Pumpkin! He’s rising up out of the pumpkin patch!
(He then faints after seeing it was only Snoopy)
What happened? Did I see him? What did he leave us? Did he leave us any toys?

Sally: (Angrily) I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, when I could’ve been out for tricks-or-treats! Halloween is over and I missed it, you blockhead!

Don’t miss this year’s pumpkin patch covering the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau (UUCCN) at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Nassau Boulevard. Search for the perfect pumpkin, gourd or mum and indulge in seasonal treats like pumpkin, sweet potato pecan and banana nut breads. The flavors vary daily and homemade pies are UUCCN’s specialty: enjoy hot apple pies fresh out of the oven on Sunday.


Feel free to explore and photograph the festive grounds with 6,000 Navajo reservation pumpkins in different shapes and sizes, including some variety pumpkins and gourds. Pumpkins grown in dry climates, like the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, tend to last longer than those grown in the eastern United States. The sale is open daily from 11am to 7pm through Oct. 31st and admission is FREE.

UUCCN pumpkin

image: robert berkowitz

The feast for the senses also includes musical performances on most weekends:

Monday, Oct. 12 Gary Schoenberger noon to 2pm
Saturday, Oct. 17 Gary Schoenberger noon to 2pm Cecilia Kirkland 4pm
Sunday, Oct. 18 Rod Marden 3pm
Saturday, Oct. 24 Gary Schoenberger noon to 2pm
Saturday, Oct. 31 Gary Schoenberger noon to 2pm
Contact UUCCN for additional dates.

lisa heffernan

Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.