According to the Internet, autumn begins on Sept. 22, 2009, at 5:18 pm EDT. The first day of the autumn is the day of the year when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward. This day is known as the Autumnal Equinox.
Not sure I understand what that means exactly since the sun doesn't actually move all that much. But, as Homer Simpson would say, "If it's on the Internet it must be true."
For we here in Clay County it means we just passed through the last weekend of the summer of '09. If all goes true to the past, we've got about three more weeks of ideal weather before it really turns "autumn."
What is so fascinating about living here is the abundance of stuff there is to do, even as summer is ending. If you can't find something to do in Clay County, you just ain't paying attention. Fellow would need a bunch of money, a very fast car, and insatiable appetite to get to everything available. Here were some of my choices based on things I knew about or saw in the paper:
FRIDAY, Sept. 18
The Chamber of Commerce held its annual Golf Outing at Forest Park. A useful fund raising event I'm sure; but golf is absolutely, definitely not my game. I do take some comfort in knowing Ted Paris, my Allstate agent, had to pony-up ten grand when Steve McNabb made a hole in one.
Mike Lawson and the Riddell National Bank hosted a Customer Appreciation cookout at the main office. I should have at least gotten a free hot dog or something, but forgot to go.
SATURDAY, Sept. 19
House of Hope held its annual all you can eat Pancake Breakfast. All you can eat for $5! Again, forgot all about it. Anyhow, I would have needed to save my cash and appetite for later in the day.
In the afternoon our son Nathan took his three kidlets to the fifth Fishing Fun Day at Craig Park sponsored by the good people of Brazil City Parks and Recreation. All three grandchildren won a prize, and Hailee even got her picture taken. Wasn't there myself, but granddaddy has claimed a ride on her new bicycle.
Later we went with oldest son Kenneth and family to the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department Jonah Fish Fry in Carbon. This I could not miss. Planning to say more about this event in my next blog.
SUNDAY, Sept. 20
Clay County Humane Society held a Golf Scramble of its own (see note above re: my interest in golf).
One last public, outdoor event which might be mentioned is the Fall Festival at Center Point. According to Community Notes this included a hog roast. Maybe I'll think of it next year before I fill up on fish.
Sunday also brought the first tracing of autumn's inevitable arrival. It rained.
Certainly these were not the only events in which I could have participated the last weekend of summer. Clay County Indiana, USA is an engaging, fascinating place to live; for all I know the very best county in which to live. What did you find to do in the summer of '09?
Summer is "officially" ended. Full speed ahead to K-Day!
David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.