Extol Magazine

OCT-NOV 2016

Extol Magazine Celebrating Southern Indiana is a local publication that covers stories about businesses people places or events throughout the cities of New Albany Jeffersonville Clarksville Sellersburg and Louisville KY

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By Farrah Alexander hoosier mama S SOON AS WE FLIP OUR CALENDARS to October and there's a slight crispness in the air, people around Southern Indiana happily pull their Ugg boots over their leggings, anxiously wait in line at Heine Brothers for their pumpkin spice lattes and finally break out their coziest sweaters. It doesn't matter if it's still approaching 90 degrees, they'll don their crocheted scarves as if they're protesting summer. ese lovers of fall and all things pumpkin spice are completely predictable. I am one of those people. Yes, I want to pick a pumpkin. Yes, I want whip and a sprinkle of nutmeg on my pumpkin spice latte. (What kind of question is that?) Yes, I love fall. ere's no shame in my pumpkin-spiced game. e entire season is one of the biggest perks of living in this area. e winter is barren and depressing. e spring solidifies our standing as one of the worst areas for allergy sufferers. e summer is naturally so blazing hot and humid, it's too miserable to go outside half the time. But fall? Imagine me spinning around like Julie Andrews surrounded by rust-colored trees. e hills are alive with the sound of fallen leaves blowing in the breeze, and I love it. I have five family-friendly suggestions for you to get the most out of our most fabulous season. By November, you'll be snuggling next to a fire, baking pumpkin bread and just basking in your newfound love for fall. I just know it. Go outside. No, really. Clifty Falls and Charlestown state parks are fantastic places to admire all the gorgeous tones of autumn and leisurely traverse a nature trail. But really you can go anywhere and it will be so much more enjoyable with the cool, crisp air. If shopping is your cardio, go browse the boutiques in downtown New Albany and enjoy a day of brunch and window shopping. Go hunt for fossils in the Falls of the Ohio State Park. Spend a date night walking hand-in-hand across the Big Four Bridge or dining on the patio at Gospel Bird. Take a little day trip and explore nearby historic cities like Madison, Corydon and French Lick. Just get out there! It's the best time of the year to explore. Go to Harvest Homecoming. It's the quintessential Midwest experience. As far as we're concerned, the parade rivals Macy's anksgiving Day Parade and the chicken and dumplings are the best in the world. Browse the booths featuring local shops and adorable crafts. Stand in the absurdly long line for a donut because it's worth it. Let your kids ride all the rides until they threaten to puke (or actually puke). Stay late, grab a beer and listen to some of the great music. e festival boasts many kid-friendly events, including the baby crawl, the big wheel race, children's tractor pull, costume contest, dog show and more. Harvest Homecoming begins Oct. 1 and ends Oct. 9. " Imagine me spinning around like Julie Andrews surrounded by rust colored trees." Fall is Fabulous in Southern Indiana A 68 EXTOL • OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2016

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