Turning to a new season...
The fun-filled, hot, delightful and lazy days of August are receding, and summer vacations are over for many children, who have made their way back to school. That most enjoyable and traditional event, which pays tribute to our agricultural heritage, the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival, recently came to an end.
Travel plans and trips to vacation destinations are finished for another summer, and parents and children have turned their thoughts toward the new school year and planning for fall and winter weather and the approaching holidays.
And while the AV Fair salutes our agricultural history, its end also generally defines the last days of summer and the transition to autumn, when crops and fruits are gathered and the leaves fall from the trees. We at LIFESTYLE have taken note of that change by focusing this September issue on the spectacular colors of fall foliage.
In her story, “The splendor of Fall foliage,” staff writer Alisha Semchuck explores the world of viewing fall colors on the East Coast and the Midwest. Vermont, of course, is unmatched for its vibrant fall colors, but Semchuck also touches on lesser-known places like Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois.
And while the eastern part of the United States is best known for locales where people marvel and revel in the beauty of fall colors, California has spots where visitors can take in the magificent hues of red, orange and gold.
They include places up and down the state, such as Sequoia National Park, Idyllwild, the Yosemite area, Julian, Truckee, and Tuolumne County, as revealed in the story “Fall colors in California.”
And closer in, the Antelope Valley, despite being in the desert, also shows off fall colors in varying degrees. As discussed in “Valley trees for lovely leaves” by special sections editor Karen Maeshiro, local experts discuss what kind of trees to plant to get fall foliage.
And Vern Lawson, in his Hometown History column, discusses a cruise that he and his wife, Margie, hosted that was timed to give passengers an opportunity to observe the abundant autumn shades in Canada and the New England states. However, a lengthy Indian summer put a major damper on that itinerary.
This September issue of LIFESTYLE, however, offers much more than stories on autumn leaves. Local historian Norma Gurba sheds light on Mildred Clema (Baxter) Granger and other pioneer female pilots during the golden age of Southern California air racing. And “The Painted Turtle celebrates 10 years” divulges the details of the upcoming gala fundraiser to benefit the camp in Lake Hughes, which provides camp experiences for seriously ill children.
In addition, Maeshiro, in “Fall fun September full of community events,” reviews the multitude of social events that pack the calendar this time of year. And, all of our regular columns in LIFESTYLE are featured, including Good Kids, Collector’s Corner, Arts, Horse Tales, and A Taste for Wine.
We hope you’ll join us!