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It's Pumpkin Time!
 PBy Alissa Reinhard
umpkin picking, colorful mums,
cooler weather and apple cider. Jack-o-lanterns,Halloween costumes, trick-or-treating and hayrides. Fall always gives us such wonderful things
to look forward to!
Did you know that over 1.5 billion
pounds of pumpkin are produced every year in the United States? Or that the world’s heaviest pumpkin weighed over 2,600
pounds? How about the fact that if you wanted to, you could eat every part of a pumpkin – everything from the flowers, to the leaves, seeds, flesh and even the stem are all edible!
2020 has been a tough year and we’re all striving for the comfort and familiarity that our favorite fall traditions bring. Although we’re all still adjusting to our “new normal,” hopefully you’ll find a way to find some fall
fun whether that means carving pumpkins on your front porch or taking a trip to your local pumpkin patch. Happy Fall!
    Pumpkin Patches For Family Fall Fun
Fall is finally here! Although we are all still adjusting to our “new normal,” Highlights is excited to report that many local pumpkin patches will be opened for family, fall fun. Below you will find a list of local favorites. Enjoy the fall season and all our great city has to offer! (Before visiting the pumpkin patches listed below, please be sure to check the websites and Facebook pages listed below to con- firm dates and hours of operation which are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  By Alissa Reinhard
Helotes Hills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
October 4-31 (Sun-Fri 12 noon – 8 pm,Sat10am–8pm)
13222 Bandera Road
Free admission. Each October, Helotes Hills United Methodist Church hosts a Pumpkin Patch offering pumpkins in all shapes and sizes! Pick the perfect pumpkin and enjoy pumpkin carving and decorating. There will be plenty of photo opportunities for the perfect fall picture, so don’t forget your camera! Due to the current COVID-19 conditions, visitors are limited to 100 at a time. Ages two and up are asked to wear a mask (masks may be removed for photos). Explore the patch with your party, but be sure to observe social distancing when near others.
@HHUMC.Helotes.Hills on Facebook
Northwest Hills UMC Pumpkin Patch
October 17-31 (12 noon – 8 pm) 7575 Tezel Rd
Free admission! Come find the perfect pumpkin! COVID-19 safety procedures will be in place including mask requirements, limits to numbers of visitor and a separate entrance and exit.
Owl Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch & Haunted Trail
maze, and more. If you’re up for a spooky thrill, experience the self-guided haunted hike in the deep, dark woods. And if you’re frightened easily, don’t worry, daytime hikes are family friendly. Admission for the Haunted Hike is $5/person for daytime and $10/person for nighttime. COVID-19 precautions will be in place. @owlcreekfarmsanantonio on Facebook
Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch
Open weekends in October (11 am – 5:30pm)
805 Phils Rd, Pipe Creek, TX 78063
Join the fun at the pumpkin patch located at Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm on weekends! Admission is $6/person (ages 3 and up) and includes a hayride, haystack, hop ball, scarecrow dressing, visiting farm animals, a large sandbox, rubber duck races, pumpkin painting (with purchase of a pumpkin), photo ops and strolling through 6,000 Christmas trees. @PipeCreekChristmasTrees on Facebook
Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch at Love Creek Orchards
Open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in October beginning October 10 – November 1 (10 am –4pm)
13558 TX-16, Medina
Fun for children of all ages! Admission is $7/person for ages 3 and up and includes Pumpkin Painting (with the purchase of a pumpkin), Apple Orchard Tours, Farm Animals, Games, Hayrides, Hay Maze, Story Telling, Scarecrow Building, and Sing-a- longs. Enjoy tree ripened apples, an old fashioned sweet cider press, and apple goodies!
Photo: Helotes Hills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
  Open weekends October 3
Leslie Road is a Texas Historic Cemetery with more than 900 graves. Many Helotes pioneer families are buried here: Braun, Biering, Benke, Steubing, Gugger, and Hoffmann to name just few.
During the 19th century, a custom in Texas and in many Southern states, even those areas not close to the coast, was to cement seashells on grave mounds. Several trapezoid-shaped grave markers in this cemetery are encrusted with scallop shells. The use of cockleshells or scallop shells on graves symbolizes a journey or pilgrimage; the shell is also a symbol of baptism, specifically the Baptism of Christ. In some churches, the baptismal font is shaped like
12355 Military Drive West
Spend a day at the farm! With admission ($8 for ages 3 and up), enjoy photo ops with scarecrows and farm decorations, a hay ride, children’s play areas, a haybale
Did You Know?
By Cynthia Leal Massey
he grave markers in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, also known as Helotes Lutheran Cemetery #1, at 9944
a shell and sometimes a smaller shell is used to sprinkle water.
Some gravestones are engraved in German and others feature oval photographs of the deceased embedded in the stone. Some of the stone markers are memorials for people who were buried at their farms or places of death before the cemetery was established. There are also some reinterments—remains from other burial sites reburied at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
This cemetery started as a family burial ground when Swiss immigrant Anton Gugger (1807-1881) became the first interment on September 29, 1881. His tablet tombstone, broken but pieced together
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