Three for September
With temperatures still in the 90s, it’s difficult to imagine that the first day of autumn is right around the corner. But it is.
The autumnal equinox is Sept. 22. And those high temps really will start falling, making it more comfortable for those attending the festivals that pack this month — Dino Days, Calabash (Gourd) Festival, Pork and Hops, Colorado Mountain Wine Fest and Fruita Fall Festival, to name a few.
September is a wonderful month for getting out and enjoying community events along with witnessing a changing of the seasons.
Color Sunday is set for Sept. 29. In honor of that day and the coming of autumn, make plans to see the Aspen gold along with the other spectacular fall colors. Here are some suggested spots for viewing.
1. Grand Mesa Scenic Byway (of course!). Follow Colorado Highway 65 over Grand Mesa.
2. Kebler Pass in the Gunnison National Forest.
3. The Maroon Bells near Aspen (see photo below).
4. Red Mountain Pass on U.S. Highway 550. (And while you’re on that road you might as well continue to Molas Pass and Coal Bank Pass.)
5. Colorado Highway 13 between Rifle and Meeker with views of White River National Forest.
College football is in full swing, as is the NFL. Along with watching your favorite teams on TV, consider attending a local game.
Colorado Mesa University’s first home game is against Menlo College at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stocker Stadium.
While you’re there, don’t miss the Maverick Stampede Marching Band, which will step out for the first time with its pregame and halftime shows.
Area high school football teams also present a number of opportunities to see local games. Check The Daily Sentinel’s sports pages for dates and times.
Veg out (a little)
After running from one event to a festival to another activity, it is admittedly nice to simply sit for an hour or an evening. A good drink, a book or knitting during that time might be nice ... or TV, especially with the fall premieres popping up all over this month.
Here are a few premiere dates to keep in mind if you:
■ Want a good story: “Once Upon a Time,” Sept. 29.
Want music: “The Voice,” Sept. 23; “Glee” Sept. 26.
■ Want a “reality” competition: “Dancing With the Stars,” Sept. 16; “The Amazing Race,” Sept. 29.
■ Want cops or firefighters or crime: “Chicago Fire,” Sept. 24; “Person of Interest” Sept. 24; “Elementary,” Sept. 26;
■ Want comedy: “Parks and Recreation,” Sept. 26; “New Girl,” Sept. 17.