To everything there is a season


Hi, neighbor! Ecclesiastes 3 begins with “To everything there is a season” and a folk song by Pete Seeger, based on this passage, includes the lyrics: “To everything (to turn, to turn, to turn) there is a season (to turn, to turn) , turn)). ” Well, last week the seasons changed again, and now it’s officially fall. With the blessed healing rains that washed our valley a few weekends ago, we had the opportunity to enjoy the deep blue autumn skies, cold nights and chilly mornings, and now we are watching the leaves fall. decorate with red and gold paint of nature.

A few months after my family and I moved to Scott Valley in 1996, our oldest son entered kindergarten. I had the privilege of helping parents in her classroom and one of my jobs was helping the kids create the seasons booklets. When I asked a sweet little boy to name the four seasons of the year, he thought about it, then said, “Well, there’s the goat season, the duck season, and the turkey season.” , but I don’t remember the other one. (After we’ve been here for a few more years, it occurred to me that the one he forgot was Caltrans season.)

Now that it is male season in Siskiyou County, you should know that it is not recommended to wear your brown flannel pajamas or ceremonial antlers when walking in the woods. The advent of the hunting season always reminds me of the story of two statisticians who went hunting together for a weekend. As they approached a clearing, a large male suddenly jumped in front of them. Both aimed and fired. One statistician’s ball flew over the male about six inches to his left, and the other man’s ball went six inches to the right. As the male fled unharmed, the statisticians hugged and jumped for joy, exclaiming, “We got it! We got it! ”(If you scratch your head and mumble,“ Huh? I don’t understand! ”Then please contact one of the excellent math teachers in our district for an explanation.)

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If you are looking for something to do this weekend, there are plenty of opportunities here in Scott Valley. On Friday, October 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Marble Rim Gallery in Fort Jones presents its 30th anniversary celebration. On this very special evening, you can see historical artifacts from the gallery, as well as new works by its current artists. There is no admission fee and light refreshments will be available. Take this opportunity to view the magnificent paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and other items created by our local skilled artisans, while socializing with friends and neighbors and relaxing to the sound of live acoustic music (guitar and flute) ) by Jim and Madeleine Ayres.

Once back from the gallery, go straight to bed to rest for the big day ahead! On Saturday October 2, start your day in Fort Jones at the 9th Annual Fall Festival sponsored by the Fort Jones Lions Club. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. at Walker Field Baseball Park, and there is no admission fee. Bring the whole family to enjoy the classic car display, as well as food and craft stalls, kids’ games, fabulous 1950s music, and ‘Duck Duck Diving’. (I have to admit I don’t know exactly what a “doggie duck dive” involves. I’m guessing either dogs are diving into a pool to retrieve a duck decoy, or dogs are competing with ducks to see who can perform. the sleekest triple (diving board sheath.) The Fort Jones branch library will also have a booth at the festival, where it will hand out free books. They might even have books on dogs and ducks!

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Kidder Creek Camp also hosts its annual fall festival, but this year it spans three weekends, with limits on the number of people admitted each time, in order to maintain proper health and safety precautions. . This festival includes apple picking, pony rides, a laser tag, the ropes course and the zip line. Tickets cost $ 5 per person and pre-registration is highly recommended as there will only be a limited number of tickets available at the door. As you read this, there will be two Saturdays left for this festival: October 2 and October 9. You can register online at their website or call them at (530) 467-3265.

When you are done with the festivals, don’t go home right away, because even more fun awaits! Head to Etna for an early dinner at Paystreak, Denny Bar or Etna Brewing Company, then head to “Little Park” on Main Street (between Etna Hardware and Martin’s) for a storytelling event community. Adults and children are invited to come and listen to locals telling stories on the theme “Seasonal Change: Life in the Era of COVID.” This event begins at 7:00 p.m. and light refreshments will be available. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted for the Etna beautification project. For more information, call (530) 598-9157.

Have a good week, neighbor, and take advantage of this beautiful fall weather!

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