Kirsten Mustain

Editor, Grove Sun

The summer has slipped into autumn.

It is always amazing to me how it happens so gradually that it seems sudden.

There were signs of it a few weeks ago when the days got noticeably shorter and the leaves took on a golden tinge just at the edges.

But it was still unbearably hot – still summertime all the way – and then magically the nights became cooler and the sun shifted south and started sleeping later. There are even a few leaves beginning to fall.

And the wind has gotten restless the way the northeastern Oklahoma wind always does when the season changes.

Autumn is one of my favorites seasons.

As I write this, the full moon is casting white light on the bluff and the lake. It is the Harvest Moon this month, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. It is also reputedly known in some circles as the Wine Moon or the Elk Call Moon.

All of these names have their appeal. I encourage everyone to call the moon by the name that makes them most happy.

Personally, I like Harvest Moon (and not Wine Moon as certain of my friends have suggested) the best because I think it is the most descriptive of this time of year.

After all, the apples are ripe and the feed corn is ready to be harvested.

And all of life is like that – you plant in season and then you reap your harvest once everything has reached fruition. It’s nice that we have designated seasons in farming – nice that the universe gives us a clue in these matters. The rest of life is not so clear-cut.

Change

For me autumn is a reminder of the ends and beginnings that punctuate life.

Autumn is the time between. The flowers are beginning to taper off, but they are still blooming. And the colors of the changing leaves provide a beautiful backdrop for Grand Lake.

It’s still warm in the daytime – and the fact that I classify 90 degrees as merely “warm” instead of “hot” is certainly indicative of what it’s been like for the past month in Grove.

The heat and humidity was bordering on brutal, as most readers in this area know.

I have visited hotter climates, but I always had the option of going home.

At any rate, change is the only constant thing in the universe, so it’s always good for me to reflect on that thought this time of year. Like a lot of people, I tend to resist change, but fall reminds me that change will happen whether I want it to or not. And change is often beneficial even if it seems catastrophic at the time.

But most changes aren’t really catastrophic – just different. Like the shift of green to brilliant gold, orange and red – the last bright color before the trees go dormant for a few months.

Vote

I just want to say that I’m proud of the way people in our county turned out to vote.

More than one-third of county citizens cast their votes!

I would like to say, personally, to everyone who voted in this election, “Way to exercise your privilege and duty! Good job, DelCo.”

Fall Festivities

Autumn brings a lot of really fun events to Grove.

We have the Pelican Festival (dates), which is always entertaining and it’s so popular that pelicans come in from the far reaches of the United States to attend.

It really is amazing to see the pelicans with their enormous wingspans flying in tandem. They wheel and turn in unison – how do they do that? How do they all know when to turn and in which direction? It’s like line dancing – I don’t know how those dancers all do the same thing at the same time, either.

And if bird watching isn’t your cup of tea, there are always the Shriners in the Pelican Festival Parade.

There is something really joyful about the way those fez-wearing men zoom around in their little cars and little boats. I defy any normal person to watch them without at least smiling. Personally, I giggle aloud every time. These guys have the best sense of humor ever and they are generous enough to share their silliness with everybody.

Jana Jae’s annual Fiddle Camp is also going to be happening over Labor Day Weekend. Outstanding musicians and people who love live music come in from all over the United States to attend this event, and those of us who are lucky enough to live here get the opportunity to attend outstanding performances right in our own backyard.

If all that isn’t enough, the Taste of Grand is coming up in October. What a great time that always is. If you really want to know where to find the best cuisine the Grand Lake area has to offer, Taste of Grand is the place to be – add beer and wine and live music under the stars and you can’t help but have a good time.

Of course, proceeds from the event go to Integris Grove Hospital, which is something that benefits the entire community.

Happy Autumn, Grove-ites!