Today is the very last day of summer, hooray! Autumn starts tomorrow at 1:44 p.m. Tonight St. Joachim’s School hosts it annual Harvest Festival on the grounds of the school. While other communities host similar celebrations this time of year, this one benefits our local parochial school. It is always a great party with lots of home-cooked foods, games and a raffle with a $5,000 cash prize.
Next week is the Old Timers’ Day celebration. This homage to the founding of Madera is a long-standing tradition that culminates in a parade and a carnival in Courthouse Park on Saturday. These celebrations are a great way to get to know your neighbors and the other people of Madera.
Fall is my favorite time of year. With the hot days mostly behind us, I look forward to a couple of months of lower power bills when we don’t have to use either the air conditioner or the heater. It is so much easier to keep warm than it is to get cool. A big fluffy blanket or a warm sweater is comfortable when there is a nip in the air. Stopping for a cold shower or a dip in the pool isn’t conducive to getting to class or work on time.
During the fall equinox, the day is split into near equal 12-hour blocks of light and dark. Many cultures and religions celebrate holidays and festivals around the September equinox...