Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My Kind of OktoberFest

I can feel the excitement in the air as the days begin to shorten, the leaves start to turn different colors, and October, my most endearing month of the year, is rapidly approaching. I think Nathaniel Hawthorne said it best..."I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air." Easy for him to do with no plasma screens, computers, or FB page to to worry with. But, I believe, I do know just what he was thinking...aah, the anticipation of those indescribable October skies bring to my mind a few events I forever associate with my beloved month of October. Yes, I'm gearing up for my kind of Oktoberfest when a bountiful harvest of colorful events are brought to my table, and I am grateful for each one.

First of all, and surely the most important (to me that is), is October 12th, the day Columbus discovered America. Just kidding, that's my birth date too. I remember, as a child, having to share CC's famous date and my elementary school teachers were always asking, each year, if anyone knew what special date this was in history. The answer is not, "My birthday!" However, sometime during this exceptional month, #3 and me plan a birthday trip and this year we are headed to the Lone star state. We will spruce up our cowboy hats at Luskey's Western Stores, belly up to the bar at the White Elephant Saloon, repulse all the vegans and eat a monster steak at Cattlemen's Steak House , and stay at our favorite whorehouse, Miss Molly's Hotel and Tea Room ...all located in the heart of the Historic Stockyards District of Fort Worth, Texas. Love this city...can't wait to see some friends who have recently moved there, too.

Another event that traditionally comes to pass in the month of October is the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show What a whirlwind (usually 7-10 days) of carnival activities, greasy food, great music, rodeo, exhibits, competitions, and oodles of other fun things to do! One of these years, I am going to enter the pickle canning contest, although I'm sure I could never win. Well, maybe with a better attitude, I could. It's never too late to try!

Finally, another event and definitely not the least of my loves, is Halloween, my favorite national holiday. Surely, Halloween is a national holiday, right? There's been so many movies made about this event and one more obnoxious Jason movie is coming soon to a theater near you! Oh well, this is still a fun time in our household. #3 and me usually get dressed in our specially planned Halloween garb and go freak everybody out at George's Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street Will post special Halloween pictures as they come in.

If you are not able to adopt some kind of 'my kind of Oktoberfest' after reading this post, then you are probably never gonna be able to have a little or a lot of fun, and I'm sorry for having to be the one to let you know this. However, thanks for letting me share my favorite time of the year with you and please do tell me yours!


  1. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year too. For some reason, it doesn't matter how many years I've been out of school, September feels like a new beginning, like a new school year always did. This is the time of year I like to begin new things.

    I'm looking forward to wearing sweaters and piling the quilts on the bed and eating chili.

    I was just walking into to work this morning and there was a cool breeze and as I was walking along the sidewalk up to UAMS, leaves started falling from these big oak trees lining the walk and it was so plesant. With a three day weekend ahead, I thought, 'I am grateful to be alive'.

  2. Sounds like you had a Nathaniel Hawthorne moment. Funny how fall is usually looked at as a time of death and dying such as the leaves falling from the trees, but you look at fall as a rebirth. Good for you!

  3. It sounds like you have some great plans! Fall introduces many things, with my favorite being football season! Over the past several years, I have religously supported my hometown Hogs from NC...and I have also adopted the Carolina Panthers to root for on Sundays. The grill and the big screen get lots of use during the Fall!!!

  4. Hey, how about those Panthers! What's cooking on your grill? #3 and me love tuna steaks and fresh veggie kabobs that have been marinated in olive oil and seasonings! Happy football season to you! Is Henry here yet???