Out and About

The ‘Leafening’ has begun!

By Rachel Robles | Sep 13, 2016
Photo by: Rachel Robles The 'Leafening' has begun!

As I was sitting at a red light the other day, I noticed that the trees were beginning to change colors. While mostly green, a few of the leaves had turned gold or deep red. I know that autumn doesn’t officially start until Sept. 22, but the “Leafening” has begun and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I think the mountains are most beautiful when they’re adorned in red and gold. I love watching the trees outside my house gradually change shades. Yes, I know this means winter is on the not-so-distant horizon, but I don’t care. I’m ready to celebrate fall.

With the leaves starting to turn and the temperatures cooling, I am more inclined to be outdoors in my free time. Fortunately, there are quite a few opportunities to do just that this weekend.

“Into the Woods” will open for the first time in the new Fangmeyer Theatre at HART. This inaugural play in the new addition will is the culmination of a years-long process to expand HART

STAR Ranch will have its annual Poker Run on Saturday. The first bike will roll out at 9 a.m. from Rendezvous Restaurant in Maggie Valley. Help some horses while enjoying what should be a lovely ride.

Or sit outside under the trees during the 11th annual Music at the Mill, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Francis Grist Mill, located at 14 Hugh Massie Road. I went to this event during my first year at The Mountaineer and it’s a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

The Waynesville Fall Block Party will kick off at 6 p.m. on Main Street on Saturday, and it’s a real family favorite. There will be music, dancing and food, and Kids on Main will return with a plethora of free children’s activities.

On Sunday, you can enjoy a free outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band at 6:30 p.m. at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. Bring some chairs or a picnic blanket and take in the sights. And the Darren Nicholson Band will take the stage prior at 4 p.m. at The Strand.

Go out among the leaves and enjoy the early days of fall. Happy Leafening!

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