The best season of New England is fall. The leaves turn beautiful shades of red, gold, and green. You can go to the apple orchards with their sweet aroma calling you to pick the most delicious apples fresh off the tree. Pumpkins are waiting to be picked and carved into spooky jack-o-lanterns’ for Halloween and pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving.
Harvest festivals and country fairs are lots of fun for family and friends. They have baking and craft competitions and pie eating contests for those of you who do not fill up easily. Walk around the fair and you can enjoy looking at farm animals, going on rides, and playing games to win a prize. A hay ride is a treat that children of any age would love. Sitting on a bale of hay in a wagon being pulled buy a pair of beautiful horses is the ideal end to a fun filled day.
How about a trip to wine country? Did you know that many parts of New England produce wine? I did not know that Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine all produced wine and offer tours. From what I hear you will even get a chance to sample some of the product at the end of the tour.
Fall is also a very happy time for most parents. Yes, the start of school. The big yellow buses, crossing guards, children in their new outfits, with their backpacks filled with school supplies. It is also a busy time for Wheaton. The students have returned and classes have resumed.
I was asked a few weeks ago by someone at Patty’s Place on route 123 when the Wheaton students would return. The return of the students means a lot to the establishments in the town of Norton. We call ourselves the Wheaton bubble, but to the town of Norton, Wheaton it is more like a blanket. It covers the town with Wheaton students and much needed revenue for our economy.
Fall has many shades, more than just beautiful color and fun things to do, it also means with the return of students, business increases for local merchants and more jobs appear to help with the increase.
Fall is the best season of New England.
—submitted by Alice Santos