Fall: A Time for Family Fun
by Sarah Mill, Education Director

DSC_0362The fall season is my favorite, for a number of reasons. In my family, fall is a time to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, honor traditions, rekindle friendships and take some pause from the daily routine to enjoy the great outdoors. For me, there is a feeling of rejuvenation that happens when the days become a little cooler, the air a little crisper and the days a little shorter. The mums and pumpkins show up at the grocery stores and farm markets, the soy bean fields are turning a golden yellow and the field corn stalks are dried and brown. And…of course…we welcome back “pumpkin-spiced everything.”

As the hills burst with colors of crimson and gold, visitors flock to The Dawes Arboretum. Our phones ring with questions of “when is peak fall color?” (The truth is, we aren’t ever quite sure – it varies from year to year!)

This year, we welcome back families for a new spin on an old fall celebration. For years, Dawes celebrated fall with the Birdseed Festival, where backyard birders could order and pick-up a special seed mix. In 2015, with generous funding from The Energy Cooperative, we will celebrate with the “Fall Festival.” Not unlike our annual Arbor Day Festival, the Fall Festival invites families and friends for a fun-filled day of activities including tours, arts and crafts and learning opportunities.

Highlights include:
Live animal presentations from our friends at Ohio Nature Education at 1 & 3pm
Storytelling by Lotts of Tales at 12 & 2pm
Pumpkin carving demonstrations by Rock on Ice
Fall color wagon tours on our open-air carryall
Face Painting by Lakewood Lancer Marching Band
Pumpkin Decorating (donations accepted, while supplies last)
Children’s homesteading activities from Bring the Farm to You
Candle making with the Licking County Historical Society
Canning Demonstrations by Glass Rooster Cannery
Photo opportunities with our Fall Festival photo board
Apple tasting and sales from Ochs Fruit Farm
A special Buckeye craft, exclusive for Dawes members
Tips on how to put your garden to bed for the winter
Guided hikes to Indian mound at Arboretum East
Yummy eats for purchase from Moe’s Barbeque and Pizza Cottage
Guided Wagon Tours on Fall Color at 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

I hope to see you and your family at the festival. Perhaps it will be the start of a new autumn tradition!