Thursday, September 12, 2013
I must admit we are approaching that time of year I enjoy a great deal. Some refer to it as autumn and others call it fall.
In either case, I am drawn to this season for a number of reasons. There are the colors of the season witnessed in the splendor of the changing leaves and the many impressive colors that paint the landscape of North Augusta.
Then there is the cool night air. Even when the days are warm, evenings tend to be pleasant and encourage one to sit on the porch or in the yard to share a conversation with neighbors or greet health conscience walkers, joggers and bikers as they pass through the neighborhood.
During this time of year I begin to think about the county fair, hayrides, barn fires, candy apples, pumpkins and all the tastes, sounds and experiences that leave me feeling warm and cozy. Autumn announces a time for change, renewal, growth and transformation. Autumn is also a time for anticipation, new beginnings and kick offs.
That's right – from the NFL to the North Augusta Recreation program, the boys of fall are lacing it up and lining up to kick it off. It would be hard to miss the number of college football fans who are sporting their favorite college team colors. Banners are flying in front of homes. Flags are flying from the windows of cars. The debates have begun over which team is number one, who will win a national championship or a Super Bowl.
From the youngest children to full grown men, fall is that time of year when the night lights are brightest on football fields. This is true even in North Augusta.
I would invite you to plan an evening to attend a North Augusta High School football game. Treat yourself to the snack bar, cheer with some of the most talented cheerleaders on either side of the Savannah River. Feel the excitement and the thrill of watching our young men represent their school and their city.
Then plan an evening at Lyons Field. There you will discover the future of North Augusta as young athletes learn the meaning of team, fair play, sportsmanship and strategies to overcome defeat.
Yes, fall is a time to huddle together under the bright night lights, cheering with the daughters of North Augusta and rooting for the sons of North Augusta. Yes, my neighbors and friends, it is that time of year.