Regardless of what your vacation checklist consists of, we have invigorating outdoors, amazing cultural sights, mouth-watering food and Southern hospitality all wrapped into one amazing destination. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing overnight getaway or for a one of a kind adventure, Calhoun County is the natural attraction.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
5 Things to Do For the Autumn Season
By: Deanna Jones, JSU Student (2011-2015)
There’s a crisp feel of autumn in the air…ARE. YOU. READY? If
not, we’re here to save the day. Here’s a list of 5 wondrous things to do in
the fall. Who says fun stops when summer ends?
One thing there is to know about being outside in the fall is
there’s fewer mosquitoes, fewer snakes, and a lesser chance of getting sun
burned. In the fall it is less humid, and the air feels thinner, cooler, and
refreshing. It sounds like a recipe for going outside. Luckily, Calhoun County
has lots of beautiful places to do just that. There’s plenty of opportunities
for outdoor recreation, like: biking, hiking, fishing, or just taking a nice
stroll on a vibrant autumn day. The leaves start to change colors around October.
Keep an eye out for the beautiful autumn foliage. Hint, Hint… it might come
earlier this year because fall is quickly approaching.
If it’s too cool for you or there happens to be a chance of
rain in the forecast, we offer plenty of indoor activities for you and your family,
like having a nice night out while still being in the warmth of a museum.With the kids going back to school, why not make
education fun and intriguing? Calhoun County offers plenty of educating and
entertaining activities for whatever is in your children’s text books. If they’re learning about the ancient mummies
of Egypt, there’s the Anniston Museum of Natural History. It has a full display
all about the mummies of ancient Egypt….with REAL MUMMIES! While there, they
can explore outer space, what beautiful rocks and gems are beneath our feet,
what creatures are living in the Calhoun County region, and even dinosaurs! If
they are learning about World History, the Berman Museum is the perfect place
to go. They are located right beside one another, so make a whole day out of
I need not state much on the fact that football, down here like
in many other Southern American towns, is a way of life. Gather a group of
friends and family and bundle up under a tent with your favorite sports teams. Don’t
forget your favorite hot chocolate or apple cider to warm things up a bit. Not
only is there a chance to cheer on your favorite football team, but
Jacksonville State University offers Soccer, Tennis, FOOTBALL, and Volleyball.
If you’re like me you get excited over good ol’ seasonal
southern food. With the weather starting to cool off a bit, why not stay
indoors, save some money, and support your local farmers? The farmers market is
a great way to get a feel and a taste of what is grown locally. What says fall
more than chili? September 27th kicks off the annual Cheaha Chili cook-off.
Stop by and get a taste of the delicious bowls of chili to start off the chilly
autumn evenings. Need pumpkins to decorate? Bennett Farms has a wide selection of pumpkins
to choose from, along with hayrides to take to you for a ride through fields of
hand sowed pumpkins.
Okay, so we know that fall is here. That means it’s time for
fall festivals! There’s plenty…and I mean plenty to choose from. Jacksonville
kicks off the first ever Create Fest on September 19th. The Create Festival
highlights local artist and is hosted by businesses located on The Square. Weaver
is hosting an annual Weaver Heritage festival on September 26th.
There will be hand-made arts and crafts, music, and activities for the
children. Saturday, October 3rd is the 25thAnnual OxfordFest. Located down Main Street of Oxford, it features music, food, arts, crafts
and fun for all ages.
Getting into the Halloween spirit? Want to show off your
adorable pet? Neewollahon Noble Fall
Festival is on October 25th. There’s carnival games and even a pet costume
contest. Come on down and enjoy the evening with your whole family, pets
included! Don’t forget about the treat walk. Your pet will thank you for it.