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Aug 26

Fall Is in the Air

Posted on August 26, 2019 at 4:51 PM by Melinda Mayo

Okay, I realize two or three days with temperatures in the 70’s does not a season change make, but can you please give this self-confessed fall fanatic a bit of hope?  

The Season of Plenty

It’s not that I want to wish away the long, relaxed pace of summer days. But with school in session, the high school marching bands practicing, and Tech’s first football game less than a week away, it’s beginning to feel a lot more like fall.  I have always liked fall with its crisp mornings, football, and turning leaves, but I especially like fall here in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.  Around Roanoke fall means all those things mentioned above, along with a new symphony season—so wonderfully welcomed this past weekend, cyclocross racing, GO Fest, and new productions at Mill Mountain Theater, the Berglund Center and the Jefferson Center.

Fall is also an important time for us here at the City government as well.  October is the kickoff of the annual budget season when the Council meets for a budget planning retreat.  Fall is also when our crews begin taking stock of materials and equipment needed for those snowstorms that lie not too far in the future—sorry to all those who are warm-weather lovers!  Fall is when many of our library programs kick into high gear—we have a great one this week at the new Melrose Branch and, of course, there are many activities at the area schools, colleges, and universities.

Worth It

So, while I admit it is a bit of a drag to head off to work in the dark and return home with the same, for me the changing fall colors of the mountains, the excitement of a new school year, and the many cultural activities that ramp up more than compensate for a bit less sunlight.

This fall be certain to get out and go see all the wonderful things we have going on in and around Roanoke!

-- Bob Cowell


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