It’s fall. For many people it’s their favorite time of the year – warm days and cool nights. Usually it means the approach of fall foliage, all things pumpkin, the start of school, Halloween, local fairs and the appearance of fresh apples and winter squash.
It’s sweater weather and the time people begin piling up the wood for the fireplace. Traditionally it’s a time of year the word “cozy” was invented to describe.
It’s 2020, though, the dumpster fire of the 21st Century. The pandemic and all that goes with it have squarely kicked fall, as it did the rest of the year, in the throat.
Local fairs had to be cancelled, as social distancing was impossible. The Centers for Disease Control recommended a slew of rules about Halloween. Trick or treating has been curtailed or cancelled across our region.
It’s important to look on the bright side.
All of your quarantine weight gain can be disguised with a sweater. I know I’m looking forward to that.
All of the pumpkin products have returned. I don’t understand the phenomena but millions of people crave it.
You can – and should – enjoy fall fruit and produce. Bake an apple pie or buy one at your local farm stand.
You can still indulge your kids at Halloween by buying them a bag of their favorite candy. You can assure them they will only get the good stuff. No candy corn will be allowed. Put some classic horror films up on the TV and allow the kids to stay up late and get a little scared.
You can still gather – safely – around a fire pit to enjoy the combination of warmth on your front and cool on your back. A little mulled apple cider with a splash of rum – for the adults – would be a tasty addition.
A trip to look at fall foliage is still a possibility. Load up the family and head to your favorite spots.
As usual, this issue of GO Local has some great ideas for your road trips. Get out there, just do it safely.
This issue of Go Local also includes a wedding section. Now is the time for people to plan a wedding for next year. Yes, its a difficult time to make plans, as we don’t know when life will return to pre-COVID-19 standards.
I do know that life must and will go on and the union of two people is an event of such importance that while it must acknowledge the realities of life, it can also transcend them.
Clearly, wedding professionals are willing to work with couples to fulfill their dreams as best as possible.
As the well-known cynic/romantic Mark Twain wrote to his daughter Clara, “There isn’t time – so brief is life – for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving – & but an instant, so to speak, for that.”
- G. Michael Dobbs, Managing Editor