Westchester Comes Alive With Autumn Activities

Westchester Comes Alive With Autumn Activities

The chill in the air during recent morning and late afternoons is a sure sign that autumn is finally here and by far my favorite season of the year!  
Soon the leaves will be making their transition from the monochromatic green to an amazing display of bright hues of crimsons, golds and oranges!  As the temperature cools, this is the time when real estate picks up as new houses enter the market weekly,   So, if you are looking for a new home, now is the time to shop!  This is also a good time for sellers, as well, since buyers are eager to get into a new home before the winter weather sets in.  Open houses are plentiful throughout autumn weekends and the rich hues of the season make homes show well.

What’s not to love about this season?  Here are a few of my favorite things (you sang that, didn’t you?):  The sound of crunching leaves underfoot as you walk and the scent of wet leaves on a rainy day are oddly soothing; There’s just something indescribable about the cleanliness of the autumn air.   It’s a breathe of fresh air, literally; Apple picking has to be my all time favorite things to do during this awesome season.  It is a yearly tradition with my family and there are a bunch of orchards in Westchester to choose from.  Who can resist trying to find your way out of a cornstalk maze, enjoy a hayride to the trees. apple cider donuts and of course, family time together; Whether you’re carving them for Halloween, baking or eating them, pumpkins are a staple for this time of year;  I enjoy going to a fall festival and Westchester is abundant with them from late September, October and early November - live bands, apple cider or hot cocoa, delicious baked goods and crafts; Yard and garage sales are everywhere.  Other people’s junk, is another man’s treasure and if you get to them early enough, you just may hit gold;  The end of Day Light Savings Time!  Now, who couldn’t use an extra hour sleep?  I don’t know what it is about Halloween, but it brings out a childlike enthusiasm in me. I love watching the scary movie marathons on tv, the feeling of joy I get handing out candy to kids and seeing their excitement melts my heart or carving pumpkins into creative jack-o-lanters.  Whatever it is, Halloween rocks!  Finally, there is Thanksgiving!  The aroma of the feast that fills the home, the gathering of family and friends, reflecting on what we are truly grateful for and the FOOD!!!!


Each season has its own list of things to love, but autumn is by far my favorite

Westchester comes alive this time of year and below I have gathered a list of links to Orchards, Festivals and other activities for you.  


APPLE & PUMPKIN PICKING:
http://www.outhouseorchardsny.com (Croton Falls)
http://wilkensfarm.com/pick-your-own/ (Yorktown Heights)
http://harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com (North Salem)
http://www.stuartsfarm.com/index.html (Granite Springs)

FESTIVALS:
Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain:  click on link to see the schedule of events
http://nysparks.com/events/event-results.aspx?pk=13
Fall Harvest Festival in Brewster - Saturday, 10/27/2014 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
http://www.greenchimneys.org/upcoming-events/?event=41
Warwick Apple Festival in Warwick - Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
http://www.warwickapplefest.com/
Harvest Fest in Pocantico Hills - Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 10:00am to 3:00pm
http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/
Fall Festival in Scarsdale - Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 11:00am to 3:00pm
http://www.greenburghnaturecenter.org/
Fall Festival in Larchmont - Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
http://www.sheldrakecenter.org/events.html
Autumn Celebration in Katonah - Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00pm to 3:00pm
http://www.muscootfarm.org/calendar.htm

THE HAUNTED AND SCARY:
Tarrytown/sleepy hollow events: 
http://www.sleepyholloween.org/sleepy-hollow-halloween-events/
Rye Playland - Scared by the Sound:
http://www.scaredbythesound.com
White Plains - The Haunt at Rocky Ledge:
http://www.hauntatrockyledge.com

Enjoy and be safe, Dennis
picture source: Panoramio; Bob Murray


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