What is it about autumn that is so magical? Is it the leaves changing from green to gold? The crisp, cool air that invites soft blankets and open windows? The gourds, warm drinks, and cozy sweaters? My vote is D) all of the above. I grew up in the Bay Area of California before later moving to southwest Florida, so I never experienced a full-fledged fall until moving to Oxford, Ohio a few years ago. The minute the trees even began to hint at changing color I knew that this would be my favorite season.
And there's no better place to experience fall than in a small town like Oxford, where our already charming brick-lined streets feel even more inviting with a scattered layer of crunchy, fallen leaves. It's like walking through Stars Hollow in an episode of Gilmore Girls (which was actually my exact thought the first time I visited Oxford). And in true Midwestern fashion, Oxford has an array of seasonal things to do and see and eat and drink in order to make the most of this fall-some season. We've listed just a few of our favorites below! Now go out there and get your fall on.
When: Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10AM - 4PM
Where: Doty Farmstead (6924 Brown Road)
The 54th Annual Apple Butter Festival, organized by the Oxford Museum Association, is the perfect way to kick off the fall season if I do say so myself. Picture this: a gorgeous historic barn (which you can tour), pumpkins and haystacks, locally made crafts, live music, and of course apple butter. You can see how this yummy treat is made right there at the festival with demonstrations over huge copper kettles and open fires. If you get hungry for something else there will be other food for sale, including hot dogs, chili, bbq, kettle corn, and more. Admission is only $4 per adult and free for children 12 and under.
Photo credit: You're Fired Instagram
Where: You're Fired (6 North Beech St.)
You're Fired, our fave paint-your-own-pottery studio in all the land, has tons of fall items to paint this season, including spooky pieces like skeletons and jack-o-lanterns. You can also sign up for classes like "Pumpkins and Cat Trio" on Oct. 10th and "Pumpkin Centerpiece and Sign" on Oct. 17th. Creating your own fall decor is a fun way to get in the seasonal spirit, plus it'll look amazing in your home or as a gift. Check out their online calendar for more information on their classes and make sure to register before all the spots are gone!
When: Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30PM
Where: Oxford Community Arts Center (10 South College Ave.)
I don't know what it is about square dancing that makes me think of autumn. Maybe it's the flannel, maybe it's the warm and welcoming space of the Oxford Community Arts Center on a dark, cool night. Regardless, a square dance is a great way to bond with your Oxford community. You'll have fun swinging each other around to live music by the talented Jericho Old Time Band, and when you're done sweating it out you'll step outside and that chilly fall air will feel even more amazing. Admission is only $7 at the door.
When: All autumn long
Where: Butterfield Farm (4000 Oxford Trenton Road)
Long fields of corn are one of my first memories of Oxford. (It's not as common a sight in southwest Florida, you understand.) Watching the corn grow tall on those stretches of country road around Oxford is still one of my favorite indicators of fall approaching. This is going to be the first year that I finally go through a corn maze, and I'll be going to Butterfield Farm to do it. Their corn maze isn't open quite yet because all the recent rain has made things a tad muddy, but they're hoping to open it up within the next week! Give them a call beforehand (524-2676) to make sure they're ready to go, then take some friends and wander around. Maybe I'll see you out there! (If I am lost and crying in the fetal position, please help me find my way out.)
We're lucky to live in a place with so many locally grown and owned treats for our taste buds. Want a pumpkin spiced latte? (Of course you do.) Look no further than Kofenya, whose iconic lattes now include Pumpkin Spice! You can also get a PSL from the Oxford Coffee Company, as well as hot apple cider and their seasonal Spooky Brew coffee. Stay warm at lunchtime with some hot soup from Bodega, whose daily specials always include at least one soup. The Moon Co-Op also has a daily rotating menu of delicious soups, as well as other fall-themed goodies like their pumpkin spiced smoothie (I need to try this immediately) and Chubby Bunny pumpkin bars and chocolate pumpkin swirl brownies. Basically, you can never have too many things involving pumpkin, which leads me to my next point...
What is fall without a pumpkin? You can carve them up (and make roasted pumpkin seeds, yum) or leave them as is. Either way, they make for peak fall decor. Continue to support our small town shop owners and get your pumpkin at a local business like Moon Co-Op, the Whistle Stop, or Shademakers. Put pumpkins in your front yard. Put pumpkins on your table. Put them everywhere and rejoice, because fall is upon us and there's no shortage of ways to celebrate.
Written Oct. 3, 2018
By Taylor Meredith
Enjoy Oxford Communications Specialist