The time has come to say goodbye to the long, lazy days of summer as we welcome in the coming of fall. With this change there is definitely an air of excitement and anticipation. You would think there might be some sadness as the lingering days of summer disappear into fall. After all, summer is often a time of frolic and play. But mostly I’ve observed eager anticipation for the change of seasons.
With the coming of fall we say so long to shorts and flip flops as we eagerly don jeans, boots, and sweaters. Stores are filling their shelves with new fall decor and coffee shops are calling us to come try a pumpkin spice latte. The beauty of the season is magnificent as the leaves transform from vibrant greens to the cozy red, orange and golds of fall. As the days grow shorter and the air becomes chillier we anticipate quiet evenings by the fire with a warm blanket and hot cocoa.
Autumn comes late to Texas, especially here in Cypress. It stays pretty green here until about mid November when a few of the leaves show a glimmer of color for a brief moment before falling from the trees. But even here, the subtle change of fall is in the air as the heat of summer gradually melts into the cooler days. There is a noticeable difference in the coolness of the morning and the evenings feel fresh and alive. With the cooling temperatures, people have emerged from the comfort of air conditioned homes to take in the beauty of the season and enjoy walking, bike riding, and visiting with neighbors.
Fall in Texas is like no other season. Along with slightly cooler temperatures, festival season is right around the corner and soon each church will be filled with their own welcoming pumpkin patch. A favorite fall activity is to attend one of the many festivals occurring either in the city or in one of the many small towns close to Cypress. If you are a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV television show Fixer Upper, you may have heard Joanna mention the Round Top Antiques Fair that will be open for the next two weeks. Literally miles of shopping with everything from fine antiques to flea market finds.
Other popular festivals include Scarecrow Festival in Chapel Hill which benefits the preservation of history and historic buildings in the area. This event takes place Oct. 14-15 and features gardening, artists, craftsmen, delicious food, live entertainment and activities for the children. There is no charge for this event other than $5 for parking and is just a short drive outside of Houston.
On that same weekend and one of my personal favorites is the Bayou City Art Festival featuring a wealth of artists from around the country and benefits numerous nonprofit partners. This event takes place right in the heart of downtown Houston surrounding City Hall and Herman Square. Tickets are $15 and $5 for children ( children under 5 are free).