A Melissa matter: Time for the snuggie
by MELISSA SNYDER
Oct 24, 2010 | 1857 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fall festivities offer so much fun. The crisp cool air is perfect for a wide range of fun activities for people of all ages and interests.

It’s also the season for bonfires, hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows (which I can eat a bag of by myself) and cozy sweaters. If you are not in the Snuggie club ... it’s a good time to consider one. If you are still saying you will never own one, you should rethink it. I said the same thing. Now, after having one for a year, I am a fan of the Snuggie.

In addition to the family-friendly Cleveland Block Party on Oct. 31 from 5 to 10 p.m. in the downtown Cleveland area, there is the fifth annual Tall Betsy Storytelling Night and the Pumpkin Carving contest at the Museum Center at Five Points.

Tall Betsy herself will be there beginning at 4:30 p.m. to tell her story as well as other family-friendly stories told by members of the Cleveland Storytelling Guild. Best of all it’s free of charge.

Can you remember your last hay ride? Sure you can. If it has been too long since your last one, plan another one. Many local farms and churches have planned hay rides already scheduled.

The simplicity of a hay ride is something the whole family can enjoy. The old-fashioned tradition of bundling up on a cool evening, looking at the stars with the smell of straw in the air seems to remind us of the country life of days gone by. They are also wonderful memory makers.

From each hay ride I have been on I have made fond memories — even including the prickly straw which seems to find its way into everything.

If you feel like getting lost, the autumn is a good time to get lost in a corn maze. More and more families are making a trip to the corn maze, a family tradition which is quickly turning into what some call the “maze craze.”

Check out picktnproducts.org for local farms, orchards and fall activities. On your way to and from take time to enjoy the vibrant hues of gold and burgundy leaves before they fall to the ground. Slow down just a little to carve a pumpkin before you get the Christmas decorations out.