Welcome to fall! Even with the welcome warmth still in the air, there is a different feel and we know the seasons have changed. We just returned from a weekend in Maine and the rides over and back were beautiful. The leaves are certainly not at peak, but still the colors are becoming very vibrant.
We enjoyed visiting with my brother and his wife, Bill and Julie Berman. They treated us to a lobster dinner Friday night and it was wonderful to catch up. We walked the beach, shopped and toured our old haunts in Old Orchard Beach. My mother went along and the weather was wonderful! A super weekend, for sure.
Over the weekend, we heard the touring Vietnam Wall was heading to Lewiston, ME, and it would be accompanied by thousands of motorcycles. As we were traveling south on the Maine Turnpike, we witnessed the truck carrying the wall and probably three thousand motorcycles, all with their lights on. Cars were stopping, horns blowing, people on overpasses waving as the parade headed north. I have seen many impressive sights in my time, but Im not sure any could compare to that. From what we heard, the motorcycle drivers were all Vietnam veterans.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, Joan Crane will be performing at the Plattsburgh Farmers Market. The market, which is held weekly on Durkee St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., features fresh organic vegetable, fruit and cheeses, baked goods, jams, maple and honey products and the wares of local artisans.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, the annual CROP walk will be held at 1:30 p.m., beginning at Plattsburgh United Methodist Church on Beekman St. The walk will fan out around the city streets to raise money for the poor around the world and the hungry who come to the Interfaith Food Shelf. Call 561-7545 to participate.
Oktoberfest will be held at Titus Mountain, in Malone, also Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, which will benefit the ski patrol, will feature German food, tractor pulls, rides, a bake sale, a ski sway and music by the Busco Bandits at 1 p.m.
Also on Sept. 30 the Walk to Cure Diabetes will begin at the PARC Oval at 11:30 a.m. The walk is a 5K and benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. To register call 743-1700. The cost is $10 per person and food will be provided by the Elks.
On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Clinton County Clerks office, 137 Margaret St., will hold a Passport Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 565-4700 for further information.
Girls Night Out, sponsored by the Foundation of CVPH Medical Center, will be held this year on Tuesday, Oct. 9, with shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Glenn Giltz Auditorium on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. This years speaker, Loretta LaRoche, was here a few years ago and is more than worth hearing if you enjoy laughing! Ms. LaRoche is an author, life coach and comedienne and puts on a wonderful show. Tickets are $15 each. Call 562-7169 for tickets and further information. Several area restaurants are offering discounts on dinner the evening of the show.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, an Arms and Legs Auction will be held at the Strand Theater to support community arts programming at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a silent auction, which will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A live auction with local auctioneer Steve Martin will follow and will feature creative, unusual and funky pieces of furniture that will be transformed by area artists. Food, wine, beer and soda will be available. Tickets are on sale until Monday, Oct. 15, for $20; at the door they will be $25. For more information call 563-1604.
Welcome to Jeremiah Papineau, the new editor of this wonderful literary newspaper! Enjoy our region and all it has to offer, Jeremiah!
The weather has been perfect for soccer fans I know we spent several evenings last week watching the Willsboro Warrior boys and girls play, and the weather will be conducive for outdoor activities this coming week too! Columbus Day weekend is coming up, and then fall truly begins.
Enjoy the warmth and the gorgeous leaf show provided to us! Stay well, stay healthy and stay happy! Until next week you know the drill!