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This is the final week of summer and it feels like it. It was very cool, and extremely foggy in spots, early Saturday morning and a chilly rain all day today. I'll take that any day over last year's hot, dry summer though.
It's been a very good summer. From the annual Summer Solstice party I wrote about three months ago all the way to this Saturday's Retzer Nature Center Apple Harvest Festival 2013, with all the festivals and events in between, it's been a summer that won't soon be forgotten.
The weather was opposite of last year's with so much water the lawn never went dormant, and our productive garden hardly needed watering. It was so dry last year that Retzer's festival didn't even offer apples or cider for sale, and I didn't even go. First time in years I didn't volunteer there.
This year the apple crop was so bountiful we even got apples on our own two pathetic trees. You'll find 55 interesting, locally grown, varieties for sale this Saturday in the apple tent, along with the usual apple pie and caramel apples in the main building and cider at the exit. I've found the apple tent a perfect way to sample and learn about a wide variety of apples, most of which you'll never find in a store.
This year I am happy to be back volunteering at Retzer and will be there 9:00 to noon. I hope to see you early, as they do tend to sell out of food in the afternoon. As usual, there'll be plenty of crafts, live music, planetarium shows, wagon rides... Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No charge to get in, but $5.00 to park. So many good things have been happening at Retzer. If you haven't been to Retzer lately...