Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn's Arrival

Welcome Autumn with a campfire.

Tonight she, Autumn, arrives. I love the first day of Autumn so much. It holds so many sounds and smells and memories of years gone by and the current one as well. My house smells of pumpkins and apples and drying lavender.

Autumn arrives tonight at 10:29 E.S.T. I am hosting a campfire at that time for anyone who wants to meander by. Please bring a story, a poem, a song, or we can just sit in silence letting the air and the fire do the storytelling.

All who arrive will be handed a warm mug of mulled cider fresh from our local orchard. If you can't make it to my campfire, please have one of your own.

Raise your glass high...
to Autumn.

Downtown event was about community, really.

This week's column is about the cruise-in last week in my hometown. I already posted a photo in my gallery last week, but today I offer my column and a short video. Just click on the above KPC link for the column and the video is below.
As always, thank you for reading. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Mound in Angola, Indiana...

The Mound or the circle in my hometown.

Last night was our second annual cruise in. It was great fun last year and well attended, but last night was spectacular.

First of all the Mound was closed off on all four quadrants to all traffic. Everyone was free to walk or bike or lollygag in the center of town. There was live music playing music from the 60's, of course.

I spent the afternoon helping get the Democratic headquarters ready for evening traffic. It will be an exciting time in my hometown for local politics this November.

Another friend from the newspaper, Tyler, was out and about with his camera and he asked me if there was anyway I could get him up to the third floor for a photo. 

"Of course," I answered. Within minutes we were climbing two sets of stairs, meandering around boxes and sleeping bats over to the windows. Maria's son held the window open so we could take photos. We took turns hanging out of the window.

The above photo was my favorite shot of the evening. It has been shared all over Facebook, but possibly we don't know each other through Facebook so here is your photo.

It was a wonderful night of community, friends, music, and a glimpse into small town America. Thanks to the City of Angola for providing us with such a wonderful evening.

Until tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Johnny Appleseed Festival

I took this photo last year at the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is a spectacular event for the entire family.

Here are a few of the activities...just a few: apple pie baking contest, battle of the bands, demonstrators' encampment, Settlers' pioneer village and country store, traders' market, living history area, farmers' market and so much more.

Johnny Appleseed, also known as John Chapman will be there meandering the grounds. I will be telling stories on the River Stage on Saturday at 2:00 and again on Sunday at 11:30.

This is a family event and admission is free. Come spend the day, take photos, eat apple dumplings, listen to the pipers, and enjoy welcoming Autumn back as northern Indiana celebrates the life of Johnny Appleseed.

Monday, September 15, 2014

An invitation to visit with Michael Czarnecki...

Michael Czarnecki

This Saturday evening, September 20, I will be hosting a house concert for Michael Czarnecki. Michael is a poet, a storyteller, and a traveler. He comes to us from New York state.

I first met Michael at the Angola Carnegie Library last year when I attended one of his readings. I loved his work and invited him back to Indiana where I said I would host a house concert for him. I am excited to say he took me up on the offer and will be visiting this Saturday night.

The event will begin at 6:00 with a potluck supper. We will have the readings around the campfire unless it is too cold. If so, we will meander into this old house for the readings.

Please bring a passing dish and a lawn chair. If you are coming from out of town, let me know as I still have a few beds left!

Everyone is welcome. Let's fill up the house and the yard as we listen to Michael's poetry and welcome Autumn.

Lou Ann

Sunday, September 14, 2014

More to draw from bees than honey...

Please click on the above site for this week's column.

On Wednesday I spent the day with Terry Dalrymple, our local beekeeper. It was a wonderful rainy morning, and I loved learning even more about bees and the properties of honey.

The photos were taken that morning as well as the video of honey extraction. The above column is culmination of the morning. Just click on the KPC News site on the top of this page.

As always, I thank you for reading my stories. Perhaps you will learn something about bees you didn't know before! Enjoy.

Terry is showing me the bee's wax on top of the honey in the frame.

Ray and Terry are getting ready to extract the honey from the frames. 

As I said in my column, there were hundreds of bees in the honey barn. All were docile.

Final product. Raw honey from your local grower! Beautiful.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Acres Land Trust and Aldo Leopold

I took this photo on a recent hike in Indiana.

Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, once said, "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

These words were echoed by Jim Barrett, founding member of ACRES in Indiana. 

It is that time of year that I take to the land even more so than in summer. The cool winds of Autumn blow over me  so it is now time to close my windows, take in the porch furniture, and cause a bit of a stir in the kitchen department.

But I also put on my hiking boots and head outside to heed the call of geese beginning their flights south, to catch the first of the scarlet leaves appearing on the trees, and to feel alive again in our soul and under our skin.

Don't miss out wherever you live. Take to the forests or the hills or the sea...and let the rhythm of Autumn carry you into a more peaceful existence.

ACRES Land Trust has published a wonderful book, Preserve Guide, featuring more than 4,450 acres within 68 nature preserves in Indiana. Perhaps that is even out of date by now. For your own guide and more information, please note the following:

ACRES Land Trust
1802 Chapman Road
Huntertown, Indiana 46748
Phone: 260-637-2273

Until tomorrow.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Indiana corn field in the rain and poet, Norbert Krapf.

I took this photo yesterday while meandering out in the country in the rain.

"Be glad for moisture
hanging above
and beaded below,
for the color gray
in the sky,
for flat land where
corn and soybean touch
and stretch to a copse 
of spectral trees
on the horizon."

Poet Norbert Krapf