Fall is without a doubt my favorite season, next to Summer that is. Autumn perfectly stimulates all of the senses: the gorgeous sight of colourful trees, the delicious taste of fresh apple pie, the familiar smell of rotting zombies, the sound of snow crunching beneath my feet and the cozy feel of fleece on a cold December evening. There are exactly 83 shopping days left until Christmas Day, then comes time well spent with friends and family ringing in the New Year. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, as there’s still plenty of 2012 left to enjoy. In this edition of Kingstonist’s seasonal top 5, we’ve got a diverse mix of fun, free, commemorative and community events that we know you’ll enjoy.
Corn Maze, now through end of October: for those looking for a bit of fun, adventure and friendly outdoor competition, the surrounding area has a couple of corn mazes to challenge your navigation skills. Fruition Berry Farm offers access to their maze until 4pm, while the Wolfe Island Corn Maze asks guests to make reservations and lets them attempt the maze until 10pm with the aid of a flashlight. For less than the cost of admission at the theatre, this sort of entertainment is a perfect way to explore and warm up to the season.
Zombie Walk, 20 October 2012: Kingston’s fourth annual Zombie Walk will feature a herd of brain-thirsty souls, stumbling in a semi-organized fashion from Skeleton Park through parts of downtown. Kids of all ages, along with their zombified pets, are invited to bloody themselves and show off their best zombie-shuffle and moaning skills. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for the Kingston Youth Shelter, and of course, the best zombies will earn cool prizes! At the very least, this gets us thinking about Halloween costumes.
Remembrance Day, 11 November 2012: the 11th of November marks a solemn day of remembrance, where we gather to recognize both those who have served as well as those who continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. For me, it’s a day when we slow down and show our appreciation for peace and freedom. With numerous local Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place throughout the Limestone City, and poppy boxes at every cash register, it’s easy to pay your respects and show your appreciation.
Metric, 23 November 2012: beating out the likes of Russell Peters, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young, Metric’s upcoming concert at the K-Rock Center was voted the most anticipated big ticket event by our readers. The band’s fifth studio album, Synthetica, was released last June to generally positive reviews. However, it certainly has not trumped the success of Metric’s previous platinum and gold-plated efforts. Nevertheless, loyal fans know to expect a rocking show when Emily Haines hits our local stage in late November.
Skating at Market Square, starting late November: before you know it, the rich tapestry of Fall will fade away and the ground will soon be covered by an icy blanket of snow. Forcing myself to get outdoors during the frigid winter months is admittedly a challenge, but there’s no greater feeling around the holidays than going for a skate at Market Square. With easy access to indoor change facilities, and the prospect of warming up with hot apple cider, skating underneath the stars on the Square makes winter tolerable.
Credit for the photos attached to this post go to: Caleb, zenobia_joy, Defence Images, and Jalapeño. Market Square skating photo sourced from our Flickr. Of course there are numerous other events taking place this Fall. What are your top five things to see and do?