For those who remember dancing the night away at January’s in New Hope, PA decades ago and for newcomers alike, all will have an opportunity at the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Ball. The underground disco and bar that thrived from 1971 to 1974 at January’s has been re-created.
Fighting AIDS Continuously Together (FACT) is the charity sponsor for the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Ball on Sat. Oct. 14, 2017 at January’s at Hope Ridge Farm on Aquetong Rd., in New Hope. Doors will open at 7:30 pm with DJ dancing from 9pm until midnight. The masquerade ball is hosted by the beloved Miss Pumpkin. The organizers at New Hope Celebrates and FACT say it will be a night of fun and thrills, with prizes for best, scariest and funniest costumes.
Michael Gardner is better known as Miss Pumpkin. He arrived in New Hope 27 years ago. He was born and raised in nearby Tinicum Township, Pa. One night, after raiding a pumpkin patch – and rumors are that it involved some margaritas, he was crowned Miss Pumpkin.
Gardner has been involved with FACT since its inception. His friend Kitty was on the Board of Lehigh Valley FACT in Allentown, PA and had asked him to help her with the Lehigh Valley Snow Ball. He said he saw a need for a chapter in Bucks County. So in 1992, FACT Bucks County was established. FACT is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to serving those affected by AIDS in Bucks, Mercer and Hunterdon counties.
The Pumpkin Ball was a yearly Halloween tradition that unfortunately was no longer being held. So last year, FACT Board Member Michelle Smith approached Gardner (Pumpkin) about resurrecting the Ball event. After a huge success last year, this will be the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Ball.
Throughout the years Michael Gardner has raised countless dollars for FACT and many other local charities. He has dedicated his life to helping others and donates the proceeds from his monthly drag show to charity. He was honored at a Cindy Lauper concert for his work at Triad House, a home for LGBT youth in Ewing, NJ.
Gardner’s dedication to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS community has made this year’s Pumpkin Ball possible again. The evening is Sponsored by Grey Goose La Poire, Bud Light, The Raven, and The Cub Room. Community sponsor is New Hope Celebrates Tickets are $75 online and $100 at the door. All proceeds will benefit FACT Bucks County. For tickets go to factbuckscounty.org.