Autumn is a season filled with change, days become shorter and although it is often warm and sunny during the daylight hours, evenings can get a bit chilly. Corn is one of the major crops you will see swaying in the fields waiting to be harvested; and this is the season when animals prepare to hibernate by storing fat that will sustain them through the winter months.
Whether you refer to this time of the year as “Fall” or “Autumn” it conjures up the same visions of trees changing into beautiful shades of red, gold, yellow, brown, green, and orange and the fallen leaves will soon be covering your yard (or your neighbors). On the way are cool and crisp nights, bonfires, camping, hot cocoa, pumpkins (and all the wonderfully fabulous drinks and dishes made with them), and fires in the fireplace.
Not only is Autumn my favorite time of the year, but it is also the start of all the really neat festivals in my neck of the woods; and, October is usually the start of my Christmas shopping frenzy. I begin thinking about my Thanksgiving menu and pulling the seasonal decorations out of the attic. This is the time year when I reminisce about seasons from long ago and all the big family meals we would have together when we traveled near and far to spend the holidays together.
New Seasons, New Beginnings
This year I have a new man in my life to share the holidays, the laughter, and adventures…my fourth grandchild Baby “X.” He is only seven weeks old and has already added so much joy to our home and family. He is beginning to respond to the googly faces Nona does for him and the raspberry kisses lovingly shared. I am blessed to have two of my three children and their family living near and life would be complete if my eldest and his family could be closer.
As we ready for the cooler days and chilly nights, below are some Autumn fun facts and trivia for you to enjoy and share.
- Maples, Oaks, Elms, Birch & Ash trees are just a few of the trees that give spectacular colors during the autumn season.
- September, October, and November are the best months for “Fall planting.”
- The pumpkin is a member of the gourd family.
- The Autumn/Fall season runs from September 21st through November 21st.
- Why is the season called “Fall”? What happens in the natural world during this season? The leaves on many trees die and fall to the ground. About five hundred (500) years ago, when Middle English was spoken, expressions like “fall of the leaf” and “fall of the year” were quite common, and the season name “Fall” comes from them.
- Autumn marks the end of baseball season and the start of football.
- In Greek mythology this was supposed to be the time when Persephone rejoined Hades in the underworld.
- The Chinese celebrate the Moon Festival around this time of the year with particular emphasis on being thankful for the success of the summer harvest.
- One of the visible signs of fall is the changing color of the leaves. This happens because photosynthesis stops during this period so leaves do not stay green.
- Favorite fall fruit and vegetables include apples, spinach, squash, bell peppers and, of course, pumpkin.
- The custom of bobbing for apples originates from Roman times.
- Evergreen trees remain green through the winter because they have waxy leaves which do not freeze.
- Autumn’s full mood is called, The Harvest Moon. Long ago farmers would take advantage of the Harvest Moon’s light to “harvest” their crops because in late summer and early autumn many crops would ripen all at once. This made farmers have to stay in the fields long after sundown to harvest them and the moonlight became essential to their harvest.
Below are links to some area festivals and other fun things to do in the Fall in major cities.