When I feel that first nip in the air signaling that fall is near I experience uber euphoria. I just want to skip, twirl, sing with woodland creatures and carve fat pumpkins as I feel the crispness in the air. The temperature always drops right around my birthday like a gift from mother nature. I have felt this way since I was a child. I love fall clothes, apple cider, college football and the crunch of leaves. I like when the weather is just perfect enough to wear a long sleeved t-shirt and a pair of shorts. The summers in South Carolina were miserable…the kind of hot where your parents can not send you outside because it would be negligence so fall was a welcome friend.
I am sure some of you thought fall had arrived with the release of the PSL at Starbucks but the first day of fall was yesterday (Sept. 23rd)! I am not judging you…I started celebrating fall the first day I saw a Pumpking in the liquor store! I take no issue with the pumpkinization of fall. Pumpkin on, my friends!
Side Note – My birthday hasn’t passed yet so you still have time to shop.
Along with fall comes fall activities! Corn mazes, festivals, haunted houses, apple picking, county fairs, pumpkin patches…etc. I always want to do it all but there are only so many Saturdays and Sundays. So here is our must do list for this fall!
Cox Farms’s Fall Festival – We attended their preview last weekend to kick off our fall activity schedule. There is a corn maze, slides in every theme possible, caramel apples, apple cider, a new forest walk, live music, games, pumpkins and food. It’s great for the whole family! At night you can go to Fields of Fear, which is their corn maze but scarier. Lisa and I went with friends two years ago…We had a blast chunking pumpkins at targets, sliding down giant slides and freaking out in the corn maze.
LA was more impressed with her Nuby teether than the corn maze or the imagination forest but we had a great time! Also, everyone gets their own mini pumpkin when you leave!
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary’s Open House – Every fall the awesome people and animals at Poplar Spring located in Poolesville, MD open their gates for a fundraiser! There are goats, pigs, lambs, cows, horses, turkeys, etc….all rescued animals now living a happy life at a wonderful place! You get to visit with the animals, bid on auction items, and eat tasty vegan food all in a idyllic setting. We are so excited to start taking LA to this yearly event. She loves our dogs at home so I am hoping she gets just as excited about these wonderful animals!
DC VegFest – Since Lisa and I started attending this annual event a few short years ago it has grown and relocated twice! VegFest is a vegan food dream come true. Vendors come from all over the country with samples of their delicious food. Plus local eateries have booths and/or their food trucks. Plus there is art, clothing, accessories and organizations to support as well! It is a most wonderful gathering of compassionate people. Also, there are speakers on a myriad of topics and cooking demonstrations from some well known vegans. Jane Velez-Mitchell will be opening up the day this year! She is a great speaker and has a genuine passion for compassion. One thing you can count on is the long and continuous line for Vegan Treats. It’s worth it and amazing! Plus you can do all your people watching while you wait!
Maryland Renaissance Festival – I have not been to this festival or any other renaissance festival but it just sounds like fun! I don’t know what to expect…wenches? grog? chainmail? dungeons? swords? dragons? I just realized I have no clue what medieval stuff is really. Still, I think it sounds like a blast.