Glorious October filled with fun

Monday, October 3, 2016

There's nothing like October in the Midwest. Warm, golden days and chilly, crisp nights. Football on Friday night and some more on the weekend, and sweaters, cozy and comforting.

I'm a big fan of October. Not too hot and usually not too cold. The hay fever that bedeviled me all summer long is tamped down by the first good frost. My birthday and anniversary both fall in these 31 days, another reason to celebrate.

There are lots of folks, I find, who feel the same way as I about this 10th month of the year. They see the beauty in the rolling landscape of golden cornfields and spectacular sunsets. Writer Jim Bishop captures the beauty, "Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons."

George Elliott was even more poetic, "Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns."

Autumn is a time of celebrations, of festivals and of one last hoorah before cold weather and snow send us indoors. A look at our local events calendar will illustrate that. The Chamber Chill at The Bear on Friday boasts an Octoberfest theme, with a special silent auction fundraiser for Clay County Heritage. The Polka Police will be on hand to provide the music, so no one will want to be charged with not having the Octoberfest spirit!

There's a new car show at the Southpark Mall Oct. 7-9 and a fall craft and gift show there on Oct. 15, providing dreams of big ticket purchases and some not-so-big.

The Artisans Road Trip will take you on a journey of discovery as talented artists from the region will be opening their studios to visitors to see the process and purchase the art. This is a highlight of the year for many, and information can be found at

The Spencer Chamber will be hosting its annual celebration on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 11:30 a.m at the Clay County Regional Events Center. This is a must-attend! Find out this year's winner of the Jack Wedel Award, and also the Business of the Year. You need to RSVP to the Chamber for this event.

You can keep the fun rolling on the 13th with the Spencer Main Street Wine Stroll. You can sample great wine, eat some tasty treats and take home a commemorative glass -- and the cost is just $10.

Just in time for Halloween, the Spencer Community Theatre is presenting "The Addams Family," a hilarious musical comedy. Get tickets now for the show, which runs through Oct. 23.

The list goes on and on of fun activities in the region this month. There's a zombie walk for fans of the undead and trick or treating at Scharnberg Park that brings the young hooligans to visit campsites decked out for the season.

And finally, there's always a favorite activity this time of the year -- strolling or biking the miles of trails in the city. It's the best way to really enjoy this glorious time of the year.