Weekend Weather and Wows

This October weekend aims to please at local events. Tony has the scintillating sunny story.

Of Festivals, Fun and Foliage

That's an e-pix of snow at Snowshoe this Friday, a sure sign the ski season is just around the corner. Thanks to Laura Parquette of Snowshoe Mountain for the "whiteout".

It’s mid October and that means the fall festival season in winding down. The Sorghum and apple making are near their end as hayrides and haunted trails catch the fancy of our youth.

Still, if you know where to look, there are some outstanding places to visit for a down home country good time.

Let’s start out with the sun splashed forecast which will see us safely into next week. Friday’s rains were brief and fleeting as morning showers whisked through faster than the political TV ads can say “don’t believe….”. I am sure our founding fathers would not approve of the chicanery being used to get some air time.

Now those bright skies are set to team with a gusty breeze to remind us why autumn offers the “best” weather of the year.

Clear night time skies will demand a jacket or sweater if you are taking in an outdoor concert. They will also afford the chance to see your favorite constellation. Those twinkling stars will allow for chilly dawns with fog on the river banks, heavy dew on lawns and even some patchy frost on pumpkins planted in colder hollows.

Of course that is where this weekend’s Oktoberfest of Sunshine will go to work burning the valley fog off the Great Kanawha for “Fishers on Men” bass masters, evaporating the dawn dew off golf course fairways and melting the kiss of frost away from pumpkins in secluded hollows!

On our native hardwood trees, the fall color show is nearing its peak at Fayette Station for Bridge Day visitors and train riders down the Midland Trail. The orange of the sugar maples are mixing it up with the golds of the oak and hickory and the burgundy of the dogwood, sweet gum and sourwood. Hey it’s pretty in the hills!

There will be a gusty breeze for jumpers at the Gorge where temperatures look to hold near 60 on Saturday afternoon, demanding a day long jacket in the shade, while a shirt-sleeve suffices in the sun.

I will be in Spencer for the Black Walnut Festival on Saturday where the grand parade kicks off at high noon under a sunny sky and active breeze. Trust me when I say there is nothing like Toby Wagoner calling out your name at Courthouse Square.

Here’s a link to all the fun in store in Spencer and by all means plan on stopping to see the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall on the hill across from Wall Mart. The parade honorary grand Marshalls will be Vietnam Vets!


If you are into nature hikes, one of the best goes off at 10 Saturday morning. Naturalists Dave Sapienza and Terry Downard will be hosting the annual Fall Hike along the shores of Lake Hope in the heart of the Zaleski State Forest. Meet at the Hope Furnace at 9:30.

The walk covers 3 miles and includes a guided tour of the flora, fauna and wildlife of the park. Afterwards, you will be treated to a spot of sassafras tea and a healthy helping of beans and cornbread while a fur trader does some show and tell on his craft. After lunch, the kids can take a special ride as the clippity clop of a horse drawn carriage works its way thru the park.

The Hope Fall Hike is free but donations are welcomed.

Enjoy your weekend!
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