On Centre: Around Philipsburg | Why wait? Enjoy fall before calendar dictates

For the CDTAugust 28, 2013 

Seasons have very defined starts and stops, if you look at a calendar. Fall, for example, doesn’t really start until Sept. 22, when the autumnal equinox happens, that magical date when scientists tell us that the hours of day and night balance out and yada yada yada ...

Scientists schmientists. I have nothing against some good science, but there are things that are a lot more than just formulas.

Fall is one of them.

Fall is back to school, and it doesn’t matter if the buses start rolling a month before the calendar says autumn is really here. Fall is the green canopy around Philipsburg starting to tie-dye itself gold, orange and red, something that is all about when the air starts to crisp. And if the chilly summer and the recent Farmer’s Almanac predictions are right, we probably won’t have to wait a month for that to happen.

Fall is football, and this weekend, I get to watch my nephew’s Clearfield Bison take on the Mounties at Philipsburg-Osceola’s Memorial Stadium. It’s smelling my neighbor’s wood burning stove, filling my slow cooker with hot soup and baking with warm spices. And maybe more than anything, fall is apples.

On Saturday, the Wagon Wheel Music Park will host its annual Apple Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Owner Jim Verbeck says there will be plenty of fresh-baked pies and apple dumplings on hand to give that unmistakable taste of fall. There will also be barbecue chicken dinners and other concessions. And while the air might not be full of falling leaves just yet, it will be filled with music from groups like Young and Awkward, Raining Blue and Silver Eagle Band.

Wagon Wheel is on Sleepy Hollow Road off state Route 350. For more information, visit www.wagonwheelevents.com or call 342-0361.

Lori Falce writes weekly about the Rush Township/Philipsburg area. Send comments to lorifalce@gmail.com.

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