Celebrating Fall

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I don’t believe that anyone I know has ever criticized the month of October. In our area, the weather is generally cooler, and the leaves are starting to change. Crisp air. Apple cider. Scarf and boot weather. As Goldilocks said, “It’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold.” Yet. So, whether you love pumpkin spice, the first month of the last quarter of the year offers fun, seasonal events for you and your family. This month’s cover story, written by Amy Falkofske, “Fall Celebrations” delivers a variety of things that you can do.
Pumpkin patch? Check. Haunted house? Check. Fall recipes? Check. This article has it all.

Book clubs are still going strong, even with our increased consumption of digital content. Whether you read on a device or paper, belonging to a book club is a beautiful way to read books and discuss them with your friends or peers. Hollywood released a movie this year appropriately called “Book Club” that profiles four lifelong friends who read a book that catapults them into a series of comedic outrageous life choices. I am not sure if our local book clubs have this sort of impact on its participants, but find out how our local book clubs started, what they read and how they stay together in “Going to Book Club” by Carole Keily in this month’s Destinations.

In keeping with our book and writing theme from Destinations, this month’s On a High Note introduces you to an author, poet, teacher and business owner. Jennifer Lazzo’s article “Puppet Periodical Pushes Poet into Publishing” shows you how Katherine Gotthardt expanded her passion and skill for writing into other areas.

Clean water is something that we take for granted in our area. This month’s Lifelong Learning shows you that there’s more to clean water than turning on the tap. Ashley Claire Simpson profiles the Prince William Water Authority’s second annual Water Academy in “Hot and Cold: How Your Local Water Stays

Read our October issue. Drink your pumpkin spice. Carve that pumpkin. Collect those fall leaves. Start that book club. Enjoy the fall season.

Kim Howard, CAE
Editor in Chief


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