Get outside and enjoy the fall festivities

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By Rachel Hennessy

Recently the days have been getting darker earlier, the nights are becoming colder, and the leaves are turning into brilliant shades of rust and amber. After months of humid and heavy air, fall has finally arrived in Granby. For many, fall is their favorite season because it is the perfect temperature for bringing out sweaters and scarves. Heading further into the season, here are some fall festivities you can try with your family.


The lawn at South Congregational Church turned pumpkin patch. Photo by Peter Dinella

There is absolutely nothing better than smelling the mouth-watering aroma of fresh apples wafting around your home. Therefore it is a necessity to make a trip to Clark Farms at Bushy Hill orchard to pick beautifully ripened apples. Not only is apple picking enjoyable, but the product created from the fruit is a delicious dessert!
With Halloween at the end of the month, house decorations must be addressed. Mums add charisma to any home and can be paired nicely with Indian corn husks or fall wreaths from just over the border at Meadowview Farm in Southwick, Mass. Not to mention, pumpkins are arguably one of the most important decorations for the season. Size, color, and shape should all be judged to pick out the perfect one for carving or decorating at the South Congregational Church.
The fresh, crisp air of autumn presents the perfect seasonal entertainment. In North Granby there is the Hayes Corn Maze that is worthy of viewing. Stumbling through the corn stalks with friends and family close behind not only creates a sense of bonding, but it is also challenges even those that are the best with directions. Besides corn mazes, McLean Game Refuge is a fantastic location for lengthy hikes in the woods. Surrounded by the environment of changing leaves and the peaceful sound of crunching leaves beneath your feet, a hike is a great way to venture outside to enjoy the weather. Finally, start to think about your Thanksgiving pie orders by visiting Lost Acres Farm. There is a fantastic selection of pies and cider and other quality foods to order.
This fall spend family time carving pumpkins, picking apples, going on hikes, and decorating the house. Before you know it, the days will become much colder, the tree branches will be bare and the activities you love most about fall will be gone. Therefore grab your pumpkin spiced latte and enjoy these fall festivities while they last.