Graduate students dedicate most of their time to their responsibilities, both academically and professionally. Every now and again though, we like to take some time to explore the world around us, outside of the classroom and our offices.
For those enrolled in the Master of Arts in Communication program here at the College of Charleston, that means we get to claim Charleston and the surrounding neighborhoods as our playground. There’s never a shortage of things to do around here, and when the seasonal events begin to pop up on my calendar, I make plans to attend at least some of them.
So when I saw that Boone Hall Plantation had opened their 2016 Pumpkin Patch, I grabbed a few of my friends and off we went.
Located in Mount Pleasant, SC, Boone Hall Plantation is less than 30 minutes from CofC’s campus right off of Hwy 17. The Pumpkin Patch has a separate entrance from the Plantation itself, and had an entrance fee of $10. The activities, which included a hay ride and a corn maze, are included in the entrance price, making this a great activity for budget conscious students. Local food vendors sold everything from kettlecorn to pizza as well as local artisans, whose stalls enticed buyers with beautiful handcrafted pieces.
And of course, they had a huge pumpkin patch! We made sure we visited this area last so we wouldn’t have to carry our pumpkins around while we tried to make our way through the corn maze. In addition to the carving pumpkins, they offered decorative gourds of many shapes and sizes as well as baking pumpkins. After making our selections, we headed into the final vendor tent, where we paid for our pumpkins and were tempted with local offerings from the Boone Hall farm, like pecan butter and local honey.
The weather was perfect for picking pumpkins, with comfortable temperatures and not a cloud in the sky. We had a blast and our outing provided a much-needed break from writing those papers.
If you’re interested in learning more about Boone Hall Plantation, click here.