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Fall - a season of celebration

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Fall... a Season of Celebration


    Fall is truly a wonderful time of the year with an awesome array of colors... smells of winter’s approach.... rustle of leaves amid children’s laughter, cold nipping at our noses and the alluring taste of hot apple cider... make this a season to delight all the senses.
    Celebrate in many ways...

Discover Fall Colors...
    Hike through the changing foliage, soar in a balloon over the crimson and gold, rumble along the track through ravines of
bursting color, bike winding trails under brightly colored canopies, and reflect back on the beauty from offshore.
     This is a great time to teach kids the art of picture taking, painting and identifying the different trees; along with why the leaves change and how mother nature prepares for winter.  Peak migration offers easy sightings of birds, don’t forget the guide book, and learn of the past while touring the many historical sites along these colorful routes.
    Listed are a few of the more impressive fall color areas around the country.  For more locations and up-to-date foliage reports call The National Forest Service at (800) 354-4595 or Tauck Tours’ Fall Foliage Hot Line at (800)-214-8209.

    New England, especially in Vermont and New Hampshire... follow routes through the White Mountains and Green Mountain National Forest, and along the White River.  Visit Arcadia National Park and White Mountain National Forest of Maine; New York’s Adirondack and Catskill Mountains; and the Poconos and Dutch Country in Pennsylvania.

    See southern Appalachian Mountains, Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests in Georgia; most of Kentucky; and, Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

The midwest offers Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forests in Michigan; Northwoods of Wisconsin and Apostle Islands of Lake Superior; Superior National Forest in Minnesota.  In Missouri, the Mark Twain National Forest.  Lake of the Ozarks and Branson area of Arkansas.

    Try mountain passes around Colorado’s Glenwood Springs and McClure Pass; Maroon Bells near Aspen and Vail area; Red Rock in Utah.

    Note the Cascades in Washington and Oregon; in California, the eastern Sierra Nevadas; and,  Coconino, Prescott and Coronado National Forests in Arizona

    Southern Canada from Quebec to Vancouver. Also Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

Call AMTRAK: 1-800-USA-RAIL or VIA RAIL CANADA 1-800-561-3949 for fall foliage routes.


Carve a Ghoulish Face...
    The land has erupted in a rash of orange... for miles... it’s a pumpkin patch!  And the fun has just begun--pick out a pumpkin or two, win a prize for the scariest pumpkin face then check out the largest pumpkin contest... (one weighed in at 1,061 pounds!); get lost in a hay maze; pet a goat; feed a chicken and ride a pony; romp through rows of late blooming marigolds, great for drying; watch an apple press at work then drink the rewards; rumble through the patch on a miniature train and don’t forget the squirrels, (grab dried sweetcorn for them) and purchase some Indian corn for the Thanksgiving centerpiece.  Along with haunted houses and craft fairs you’ll have hours of fun!
    Stomp through these pumpkin patches:
 
Sept. 20-Oct 31, Pumpkinfest, Yardly, PA (215) 968-1670

Sept. 27- Oct. 31, Grandpa John’s Amazing Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Lincoln, NB (402) 470-2450

Sept. 27-Oct 17, Pumpkinville & World Confederation Weigh-off, Byron, MN (507) 634-4848

Sept. 27-Oct 31, Stoneycreek Farm Pumpkin Festival, Noblesville, IN (317) 773-3344

Oct. 3-5, West Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Milton, WV (304) 743-9222

Oct. 4-5, Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival & World Confederation Weigh-off, Allardt, TN (615) 879-9605

Oct. 4-6, Anamosa Pumpkinfest, Anamosa, IA (319) 462-4879

Oct. 11, Pumpkin Fest, Three Lakes, WI (800) 972-6103

Oct. 11-12, Pumpkinfest, St. Joseph, MO (816) 279-5059

Oct. 13, Great Pumpkin Weigh-off and Oct. 18-19, Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay, CA (415) 726-9652

Oct. 15-18, Circleville Pumpkin Show, Circleville, OH (614) 474-4782

Oct. 18-19, Calabasas Days Pumpkin Festival, Calabasas, CA (818) 225-2227

Oct. 17-26, Annual Pumpkin Festival, Goodyear, AZ (602) 853-9880

Oct. 24-26, Waterford Pumpkin Festival, Waterford, Ontario (519) 443-7834

Oct. 25-26, Great Pumpkin Festival, Bedford, PA (814) 623-1156

Nov. 1-2, Pumpkin Chunkin Contest, Lewes, DE (800) 515-9095.


BeWitch the Countryside...

    The ancient Celtic (Irish, Welsh, Scottish) called Halloween, Samhain, day of the dead.  On November 1, when crops were harvested and animals in from distant fields, souls were allowed to wander the land.  Eve of all Hallows, bonfires glowed and offerings were left for costumed party-goers.  The church, because it considered the spirits of Samhain evil, later introduced ghosts, skeletons, devils and witches.
    The dead and departed are remembered throughout the world.  China celebrates with a spring festival of purification and regeneration; Japan celebrates every summer the Bonfestival, a dedication to ancestors’ spirits; Guy Fawkes Day is remembered in England on November 5th; and, witches and spirits of the dead are active in Germany during St. Walpurgis Day on May 1st.
    Costume parties, haunted houses, and neighborhood trick or treat are a few ways to celebrate Halloween.
    Celebrations happen around the world, listed below are just a few:
 
“Zoo Boos” or halloween happenings at your local zoo.

Oct. 3-Nov. 1, Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando, FL (800) 232-7827

Oct. 4-26, Halloween at Opryland, Nashville, TN (615) 889-6611

Oct. 10-Nov. 2, Salem’s Haunted Happenings, Salem, MA (508) 744-0013 (See City Beat in this issue)

Oct. 18-Nov. 1, Halloween in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (800) 672-6124

Oct. 25-26, Sea Witch Halloween Festival, Orlando, FL (302) 227-2233

Oct. 25-31, Halloween, Lahaina, HA (808) 667-9175

Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Lough Gur Halloween Story Festival, Bruff, Limerick, Ireland (800) 223-6470

Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day, Marseille, France (212) 757-1125

Nov. 5, Guy Fawkes Day, London, England (800) 234-8189



 

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