Out of the Gourdinary was designed as a collaborative community project to blend art and nature to originate a mixed media living sculpture in the form of a gourd tunnel. There was much art-making using wood, fused glass, metals, and clay. Stevens Nature Center conducted a pollinator’s class on site that was enjoyed by all. It was fascinating to watch our bee community work as pollinators along beside the community volunteers who planted and tended the vines and baby gourds. Then the vines were infected by bacterial wilt caused by beetles that fed on the leaves. Several organic solutions were applied to rid the plants of the beetles without harming our pollinators; however, we were unable to save our living sculpture. The plants did give us many beautiful ornamental gourds. There were many lessons learned and we are considering planting again in the spring.
We still have several youth and teen cooking classes planned so please check them out.
The grand finale is a special public event, Celebrate Gourd Times at Carpenter Park Family Fun Day, on October 7 from 1-6 p.m. at Carpenter Park. Bring your family and celebrate with us! Enjoy an afternoon full of “Out of the Gourdinary” fun with pickleball demos, gourd arts & crafts, food trucks, ice cream, live music, and community garden tours! Learn more about public art plans from Cary Visual Arts, and bring your bicycle to decorate and ride in the bike rally around the lake at 4 p.m.