Cypress Master-Planned Community Continues ‘Pup-ular’ Tradition
Howl-O-Ween Fest returns to Bridgeland 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, with a “gourd-geous” twist — the eye-popping pumpkin-carving artistry of Villafane Studios. Bridgeland is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HCC).
During the Fido-and-family event, sculptor Alfred Paredes will transform ordinary pumpkins into expressive 3-D works of art using only X-Acto knives and sculpting ribbon tools. Working with pumpkins somewhat larger than the typical grocery store fare, Paredes requires about four hours from start to finish to create ghouls, goblins and other scary creatures. Straight from an attempt in New York City to set a world record for the largest illuminated pumpkin, the artist will make his first Texas visit, which is also the first visit for any artist with Villafane Studios.
Paredes says his carvings will most likely be dog-inspired and not quite as frightening as usual, given the day’s canine theme and the nature of the family-friendly event. Event-goers can check back often to follow his progress, as there will be plenty of other pup-friendly activities, including performances by Pets Overboard, an energetic stage show featuring a cast of dogs, cats and other animals.
Howl-O-Ween Fest also is a “pet stop” for the “Splash Dogs” dock-diving competition. Learn more and register at www.splashdogs.com or at the event. A portion of the registration fee will support Howl-O-Ween Fest fundraising efforts.
Other Howl-O-Ween Fest treats include a pooch fashion show and costume contest, a farmers market with pumpkin patch, the high-flying antics of the Houston Canine Frisbee Disc Club, street performers, trick-or-treating for kids and dogs, and dozens of pet vendors. As in years past, Foundry Church will hold its annual fall event during Howl-O-Ween Fest, with bounce houses, a miniature train, carnival games and more.
“Howl-O-Ween Fest is certainly one of our most colorful and popular events with unbelievably inventive dog-and-owner costumes,” said Peter Houghton, vice president of Bridgeland. “It’s also for a good cause, with the thousands of people attending each year generously donating to various pet charities.”
Most Howl-O-Ween Fest activities will be free; however a few will fetch a small donation, which will benefit participating animal rescue groups. And while fun will be unleashed throughout the day, dogs will have to remain on their leashes at all times. Plus, pets must be current on all vaccinations, wear a current rabies tag and be on their best behavior — any aggressive pooches will be asked to leave to keep the event enjoyable for everyone.
Quieting hunger growls will be a caravan of food trucks trekking to Bridgeland for the day. Already on tap for the event are Custom Confections, the Great American Cookie Company, Grill ‘em Girls, Texas Best Snowballs and Kona Ice.
More details and event updates can be found at http://www.bridgeland.com/howl-o-ween-fest. Also, see pictures from last year’s event, which drew more than 4,000 dog lovers, on Bridgeland’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Bridgelandcommunity.
To visit Bridgeland, from U.S. 290, travel northwest and take the Spring-Cypress/Cypress-Rosehill/Fry Road exit. Turn left on Fry Road (second traffic light) and continue 2.5 miles to North Bridgeland Lake Parkway, the community’s main entrance. From Interstate 10, travel west and take the Fry Road exit. Turn right on Fry Road and continue approximately 11 miles to North Bridgeland Lake Parkway. The Bridgeland Welcome Center is located at 16919 North Bridgeland Lake Parkway in Cypress.
The 3-D pumpkin carvings of Villafane Studios artist Alfred Parades will be top dog at Bridgeland’s annual Howl-O-Ween Fest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The “pup-ular” annual event will include a canine costume contest, the Pets Overboard stage show, the Houston Canine Frisbee Disc Club, pet-themed vendors, a “Splash Dogs” dock-diving competition, gourmet food trucks, family carnival and trick-or-treating for both kids and pups.
Bridgeland is an 11,400-acre master-planned community in Cypress, Texas, located between U.S. 290 and Interstate 10 on Fry Road and bisected by a segment of the Grand Parkway, scheduled for completion in two years. Managed by The Woodlands Development Company, Bridgeland and The Woodlands share the same development philosophy and benefit from The Woodlands’ 40 years of successful real estate development. Both communities are listed among the top-selling master-planned communities in Texas and the nation and offer a wide variety of housing options, extensive outdoor recreation and a focus on environmental preservation. For more information, visit www.bridgeland.com.
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