As for Grenville and I, this holiday weekend was perfect as far as the weather goes with cooler daytime temps. And for us (and many others) that signals Fall apple picking and pumpkin festival celebrations.
While there are quite a few apple orchards throughout NH, Sullivan Farm is the only working farm that remains just outside Nashua, NH and it has apple orchards. This 50-acre family-owned farm offers in-season produce, plants, garden accessories and offers fall apple picking in the orchards. Last week, we stopped there to do some picking and on a mid-week afternoon, no one else was out in the orchards picking that day.
The Pumpkin Festival is spread out over the historic, Milford Oval, which includes Milford Town Hall and the entire downtown area. Events included pumpkin painting, face painting, scarecrow stuffing, and a craft fair; there were also various food vendors and entertainment and free admission.
How did YOU spend your fall weekend ?
Columbus Day has been a U.S. national holiday since 1937 to commemorate the arrival of Italian navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus in the New World in October 1492. Since then, many things taught about Columbus in schools years ago have been updated. Here's a few things, I gathered from online sources, including Wikipedia:
- Christopher Columbus is an Anglicized version of Cristoforo Colombo.
- He didn't discover that the earth is round and he didn't explore North America. He made 4 trips to the new world between 1492 and 1503.
- He set out to discover a shorter route to Asia, planning to give Spain an advantage in the Asian spice trade. He died believing that he had done so.
- Three countries, Portugal, France and England, said No, before Spain said Yes.
- He left Spain with 3 ships, returned with 2 (the Santa Maria was shipwrecked on Christmas Day).
- He's only one of 2 people to have an American holiday named after him; the other is Martin Luther King (apparently holidays named after U.S. Presidents figure differently).