Have you noticed how intricate pumpkin carvings have gotten over the past few years? They’ve become pumpkin sculptures, really. This isn’t something I would normally concern myself with, but there’s going to be a pumpkin carving contest at work and I’d love to have an entry I can really be proud of. After scrolling through a hundred or so images online, however, I’m just not sure I have what it takes. Jack-o’-lanterns these days have actual, human faces! Sure, I’ve seen the run-of-the-mill smiling pumpkin heads with squared-out teeth and triangular eyes, but who could win with a snoozer like that? I’m talking about pumpkins with angry faces bursting out of the rind, or carved to resemble the President! How about a menacing, toothy pumpkin eating a smaller pumpkin? That’s the kind of show-stopper I need! I may try my hand at a vampire jack-o’-lantern with real blood on the fangs, since I’ll inevitably injure myself during carving. I wonder if I could get extra points for that…no pain, no gain, right? For now, I’ll grab myself a handful of candy corn, let the creative juices flow and relax, secure in the knowledge that it will all be worth it when I have my super-sweet First Place dollar store ribbon.
– Tiffany Blair, LBSPY #18
HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.