“The days may not be so bright and balmy—yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell—some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its mysterious power.” – Northern Advocate
I love the fall. No other season comes close to the autumnal glory of fall. Labor Day is the final nail in the coffin of meteorological summer and I will not mourn thee, summer. I think the Halloween isle at Kroger might be a little premature, but it’s still a welcome sight. I’m sure it’s no shock that a horror junkie like myself worships the fall so intensely. Growing up in the middle of cornfield, Illinois, I was inundated with hay rides, gravestone etching, and all things Halloween at an early age. There’s no beating the crisp air and that low light from the impending Winter Solstice. Fall is home to me.
Reasons to be excited about the change of season:
We’re on the waning side of the summer’s death heat days. No more potential heat stroke when we get in the car at the end of the day.
There’s already leaves on my front lawn. Fall foliage in the Bluegrass is a treat like no other.
Saturday and Sunday morning trips to The Lexington Cemetery. Truly one of Lexington’s calmest and most overlooked fall locations. The natural beauty and local history make this 153 year old cemetery a true jewel of the Bluegrass. I suggest grabbing your camera, iPod, and noise-cancelling headphones for a sublime early morning experience. I have an EMF app on my phone – it’s always fun to see the old limestone markers spike the reading. Good times.
Photo courtesy of Fister Roboto. October 2011.
We’re past summer reruns and everything from American Horror Story to The Walking Dead are back with new seasons.
Haunted lore. How much fun is it to read up on a reported paranormal hotspot, and then actually go there? My annual Halloween visit to the extremely haunted Bobby Mackey’s Music World is punctuated by staying at the lovely and season-appropriate Mariemont Inn. If you live in the Cincinnati area, you really have no excuse to not take the short drive to Wilder, KY and Mariemont, OH. Bobby Mackey’s has been featured numerous times on both Ghosthunters and Ghost Adventures. The Mariemont Inn is a beautiful German Tudor style inn built back in the 1920′s. Its long hallways are ripe for ghost hunting.
If you’re already obsessed with horror movies, then fall is Mecca for you. Every franchise has its latest and greatest sequel on its way out. This year we have Paranormal Activity 4, The Tall Man, a new Silent Hill and Resident Evil, not to mention a host of new VOD horror. This is the best time of the year for horror fans.
Seasonal beer. Pumpkin Ale goes hand in hand with the season, and I’m always excited to shift into fall beer mode. Not only can we start picking up six packs and bombers of Dogfish Head Punkin, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, and Southern Tier Pumking, but the stouts and barleywines fill the shelves as well.
Well, kids, hopefully you’re as excited as I am. Halloween itself is noticeably missing, but I plan on covering that in my next seasonal article. Grab a pumpkin beer and relax as Labor Day washes summer away once again.
That part about Nickelback still sucking isn’t really news. It’s more of a constant, like gravity or this guy:
I can’t pass on the opportunity to trash on those Canadian dipshits, so here we go…just in time for fall.