Fall festival season is here

Lisa Lightner

A few weeks ago, I acquired several boxes of my grandmotherís things from my dad. My grandmother would have turned 100 this year if she were still alive, so sheís been on my mind lately.

I was thrilled to get many boxes of old photos, I love looking at antique photos, even when I donít know the people in them. Iíve really been enjoying them. So how is this outdoors related? Well, I found a whole stack of pictures of my grandparents and their friends, probably from the 1920s and 1930s. They really enjoyed going to our state parks, in particular Ricketts Glen State Park. Itís quite funny to see how much things have changed in 80 years.

Think about going to a state park and what you do to prepare. Well, in all of these photos, the men are wearing ironed/pressed/starched dress shirts, nice slacks and the women are all in dresses and low heels. Imagine what it was like, when people dressed like that to go out and recreate and walk or hike in state parks! Judging by the expressions on their faces, none of them looks particularly uncomfortable, but they must have been. Today it seems a T-shirt, comfortable shorts and sandals will do the trick. No more worrying if you have any shirts ironed before you go. I just canít imagine sitting creekside with a fishing rod, with a dress and dress shoes on. But women did it, didnít they?

This past weekend was the famous Mushroom Festival, and fall festival season is officially underway. I love outdoor festivals in autumn. Itís a great way to spend the day walking outdoors. Here are a few more for you to choose from.

The Brandywine Festival of the Arts is an annual arts festival in Wilmington, Delaware. Featuring hundreds of juried artists exhibiting one-of-a-kind art, the festival is a Delaware tradition spanning over half a century. Now regionally popular and nationally recognized, the Brandywine Festival of the Arts boasts participants from across the United States and perennially ranks in the top 100 shows in the country. Each year, up to 20,000 visitors flock to Brandywine Parkís Josephine Gardens for an end-of-summer celebration. The BFA has something for everyone: over 250 artists exhibiting in a wide range of styles and mediums, live music performances, childrenís activities, and a selection of local food vendors. This weekend, Sept. 7 and 8, opening at 10 a.m. each day. The festival is held at Brandywine Park located at 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802.

Free parking is available at the old Wanamaker Building at 13 Augustine Cutoff through the weekend. Shuttle buses will be running every 15 minutes during the course of the festival to transport visitors to and from the festival.

Hootenanny

Mark you calendar for the second annual Hootenanny Hoedown! The dayís festivities begin at 9 a.m.on Saturday, Sept. 28, with a 5K Trail Race for Conservation over optional obstacles. ARun Over Obstacles race for children ages 10 and under will take place at 10 a.m. A supervised Kidís Activity Corner is offered to families that would otherwise have to provide childcare during the race.

Come back in the evening for the Hootenanny Hoedown Wild West Saloon for a BBQ, table games, a silent auction, and a 50/50 Chicken Bingo. The evening festivities begin at 6 p.m.

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Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.