Well, I managed to forget completely last week to mention the Fryeburg Fair’s starting this week. I have been demonstrating spinning in the Farm Museum, along with my friend, Anne Gass, who alternates days with me. Opening day was Sunday and started out with brilliant sunshine and plenty of beautiful fall color. There were huge crowds everywhere on campus, and long lines at all the food booths. In the Museum loft, weaver Grace McKivergan and I entertained a steady stream of visitors and answered their questions about our respective crafts.
I scooted over to the Agricultural Exhibition Hall to check up on the Pleasant Valley Grange, shortly after having run into Pauline and John Applin at the Turkey Farm Booth. Pleasant Valley managed to garner a Second Place ribbon for their agricultural display, which was quite impressive, I must say. They placed sixth in the Domestic Arts category. Of course, I thought that display was pretty impressive as well. I know how many hours of work and care went into producing both of these, and I wish to say, “Well done!”
On Friday and Saturday, the 1st and 2nd, Grangers were at Fryeburg fairgrounds setting up their two displays in the Agricultural Building. On Sunday, opening day of the fair, John and Pauline were in the Ag. Building greeting people who came by to look at the Grange exhibits.
The big news at Pleasant Valley Grange is that they are finally having all the windows replaced. This has been a concern for several years as many of the windows leak whenever there is a rain storm. Because of the expense, it was necessary to fund-raise for a long time. But at last the windows have been purchased, and Danny Grover is in the process of installing them. Should be somewhat warmer as the cold weather comes on.
On Sunday, the 26th, two new Grange members, Shannon and Charlie Kelly, traveled to Danville Junction Grange where the first four degrees of the order were conferred upon them. So, now, they are official Patrons of Husbandry. Congratulations to the Kellys.
We had our first (!) frost of the season at the Garden of Eden on Saturday night and awoke to white patches on the lawn and garden. It wasn’t a killer, but we expect that out on the Flat Road may have been a different story, its being a valley and all. But we are gathering the green tomatoes and the last of the peppers. We plan on making green tomato mincemeat and possibly some hot pepper jelly as well.
Speaking of jelly, I think I missed my window of opportunity on the Russian olives. Migrating robins have been scarfing them down. That’s okay by me as there are enough other things to keep me busy this week. Next year, maybe.
Driving down to Fryeburg this week is a visual treat. The fall foliage is coming on rapidly, and every day is more colorful than the last. The peak is near, or maybe past by the time this reaches you. In any case, I like having seasonal weather at last and hope that it continues. I’d much rather have cool, crisp, sunny days than warm, muggy ones.
Give me a ring (824-2917) or drop me a line (email@example.com) to let me know what is going on in your life. So long until next week.