Last Friday marked the beginning of autumn for us in the northern hemisphere and while temps are still warm we are looking forward to cool mornings followed by afternoons filled with just warm-enough sunshine.
In the coming months, the days will become shorter and we’ll be seeing less and less sunlight, but before we wind up stuck inside on cold winter days we should take this time, some would describe as “perfect weather,” and get outside.
From farmers markets and apple houses, to pumpkin patches and fall festivals, our community and its surrounding locales have a plethora of activities for those looking to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Next weekend (Oct. 7-8) our Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Marble Festival. Lots of changes are on tap this year - an expanded kids’ area, a free downtown concert, and a renewed focus on arts and crafts. A mountain arts and crafts demonstration area inside the gates in Lee Newton Park will be a new treat this year and there will be a Main Street Experience during the festival hosted by the Jasper Merchants.
Only a couple of weekends later, the town of Talking Rock’s annual Heritage Days festival brings two days of old-fashioned fun resplendent with antiques and crafts. The picturesque town puts on a great event (this year on October 21-22). It has seen attendance grow every year as the people keep coming back to see what’s new in Talking Rock.
And on November 4th, Tate Day aims to keep the history of the town alive with an old-fashioned parade, a tour of the Tate marble school, a cake baking contest, and plenty of musical entertainment along with arts and crafts.
Festival food is always a treat (yes, we are thinking of funnel cakes already.) We can’t think of a better way to spend a cool north Georgia weekend than visiting the local festivals, eating your fill and visiting with neighbors.
Autumn in the towns north of us brings fresh apples waiting to be picked. And when you get home from a morning plunking around an apple orchard you can spend some more family-together time poking around in the kitchen baking up delicacies with your recently picked bounty. If you wind up cooking too much, feel free to drop extras off at our office at 94 North Main Street.
Boasting the color of autumn itself, patches of orange pumpkins, too, call to us from our own area farms. Ready for picking, baking, and carving into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, pumpkin pickin’ is close at hand and yet another excuse to get out and enjoy the cooler days of fall. The allure of homemade pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread is another reason to get yourself to a pumpkin farm.
Also be on the lookout for haunted attractions throughout the area.
Of course not everything this fall requires a walk around festivals or farms. Although we hate to advocate polluting the environment with long drives, a tour around some of the county’s more mountainous areas would be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The splendor of seeing the native maples, sourwoods, sassafras, and sweetgums putting on their annual color show is something to be admired.
Head up Burnt Mountain Road and you’ll find a hiking trail just before the first look-off. A nice hike in the woods on a 70-degree day sure sounds good to us.
So while the weather is still so nice let’s celebrate the fall “harvests” and appreciate the bounty they offer.